I need to mount a Windows share on a large number of computers (nodes in a supercomputer). The share will rarely be used, but it should be there when needed. It seems like a good case for some type of automounter. Unfortunately, I'm getting spotty results with autofs.
The other (easier) option is to mount it using fstab so that it's always mounted. Are there any performance implications for mounting a CIFS share using fstab on so many machines?