If you’re getting an error that the drive cannot be mounted and it says that smbmount must be installed suid root to enable direct user mounts, this is the tip for you.

What is happening is that you have correctly pointed Linux to what you want to mount and where you want to mount it, but the “smbmount” program itself is only configured to be used by root.

You can fix this if you have root access. Open a console and type “su” and then the root password when you are prompted to do so. Now type:

chmod 4755 /usr/bin/smbmount

and press enter. That’s it. Close the console and now you (but also realize, anyone) can mount drives. Non-root users will not be able change /etc/fstab, but will be able to type in the full command to mount something into the filesystem in a console window.