CIFS Share – Cannot allocate memory

Mounting Windows shares in Linux/Unix boxes isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do, while a simple command like:

# mount -t cifs //server/share -o username=UserName,password=myPassword /share

Can turn into a headaches like this:

# mount -t cifs //server/share -o username=UserName,password=myPassword /share
mount error(12): Cannot allocate memory
Refer to the mount.cifs(8) manual page (e.g. man mount.cifs)


This issue seems to be related to Windows; here’s a fix!
Modify the Registry of the Windows system you are trying to connect too with these settings:

HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\LargeSystemCache - set it to 1
HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters\Size - set it to 3

Go into your system services in the Windows system and restart the ‘Server’ service, you may get a warning about it restarting the ‘Computer Browser’ service as well, click yes and continue.

Now try to mount the CIFS share again and it will mount with no issues!


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