A.1. SMB URI Syntax
Commands that make use of Samba's libsmbclient library frequently prefer (or require) the SMB URI syntax instead of the UNC path when accessing SMB/CIFS servers. The SMB URI syntax is similar to the URIs used to access resources on the Internet, such as ftp://ftp.samba.org/pub/samba/ or http://www.samba.org/samba/docs/index.html.
The smb:// syntax can be used to enumerate browse lists of workgroups or shares on servers. The following two URI examples enumerate the contents of a workgroup's browse list and a servers collection of shares:
These next two examples connect to a share on a specific server.
These final two examples are used to connect to the same shares as in the previous listing, but include user credentials in the URI string:
More information on the SMB URI syntax can be found in the latest copy of the draft-crhertel-smb-uri Internet draft at http://ubiqx.org/cifs.