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I am trying to mount my Windows share through my Ubuntu box (no xwindow), but I continue to get

Unable to find suitable address

I have tried using the raw IP address, I have checked the credentials, I have disabled the Windows firewall, but I cannot find anything wrong.

benny@backup:~$ sudo mount -t cifs //my-desk/j -o username=me,password=s)mePasss /mnt/sync
Unable to find suitable address.
benny@backup:~$ ping my-desk
PING my-desk ( 56(84) bytes of data.
--- my-desk ping statistics ---
2 packets transmitted, 0 received, 100% packet loss, time 1008ms

benny@backup:~$ sudo mount -t cifs // -o username=me,password=s)mePasss /mnt/sync
Unable to find suitable address.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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closed as too localized by Eliah Kagan, Eric Carvalho, James Jan 21 '13 at 2:12

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I see the ping fails. Have you connection problems? – enzotib Feb 28 '12 at 8:59
I don't understand why I would. I am connecting through SSH over the same network I'm trying to mount to. When I try ping now, I get "destination host unreachable", but it resolves the IP ok. – Benny Mar 3 '12 at 15:29
This question appears to be abandoned and unanswered, if you are experiencing a similar issue please ask a new question with details pertaining to your problem. If you feel this question is not abandoned, please flag the question explaining that. – Eliah Kagan Jan 21 '13 at 0:53
This is one of the top Google hits for that mount.cifs error message, so I'd like to point out that any connectivity issue that causes a TCP reset or ICMP unreachable message to be sent back to the source could result in it. In my case it was a firewall between the two hosts. – Paul Gear Jan 28 '14 at 6:09

You might have to explicitly specify the IP address, e.g.:

sudo mount -t cifs //my-disk/j -o "username=me,password=s)mePasss,ip=" /mnt/sync
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The OP "tried using the raw IP address." While that was presumably in the part that identifies the share (i.e., //raw-ip-address/j), it still seems unlikely that this would work if that does not. – Eliah Kagan Jan 14 '13 at 0:08
It does make a difference - if you specify the raw IP address in the UNC, then the client can't send a valid NetBIOS name to the server. Some servers will break if they don't get a valid NetBIOS name. – jelmer May 3 '13 at 23:38
For sure, I had solved this issue with the additional ip= parameter – zzeroo Aug 21 '14 at 13:40

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