Docker - Ghost - CIFS

ghost Sep 23, 2020

When you hear the words docker, most people think one click install of an app.

When you combine Docker with CIFS it's a different ball game. Problems and endless hours of Googling entail.

Firstly My setup is:

  • Proxmox Hypervisor
  • Ubuntu LTS VM
  • Docker with Portainer

Mounting a CIFS Share in Ubuntu

Lets create a credentials file to hold the CIFS details

sudo nano /etc/win-credentials

Add The following lines


Ctrl O - to write file

Ctrl X - to exit

Make a mountpoint

sudo mkdir /mnt/Ghost-Blog

Using FSTAB to Automatically mount share on startup

sudo nano /etc/fstab
//CIFS-ServerName/Share /mnt/Ghost-Blog cifs credentials=/etc/win-credentials,noserverino,context=system_u:object_r:svirt_sandbox_file_t:s0,file_mode=0777,dir_mode=0777 0 0

Ctrl O - to write file

Ctrl X - to exit

sudo mount -a

Now we need to create a Docker Volume - this is key for the Docker Container to work correctly with CIFS and esspecially the SQL database.

docker volume create --opt type=cifs --opt device=//SERVER-NAME/Share/ --opt o=username=WINUSER,password=WINPASS,domain=DOMAINNAME,noserverino,file_mode=0777,dir_mode=0777,noperm,iocharset=utf8,nobrl Ghost-Blog

Head over to Portainer

Create a new Container

Port Config 3001:2368

Environmental Variable




Volume - /var/lib/ghost/content:Ghost-Blog  (Drop down box select the volume you created earlier)

Restart policy - unless stopped


Web Browser


admin interface http://docker-IP:3001/ghost

Optional: NGINX

Create a new Server-Block

server {
listen [::]:443 ssl http2;
listen 443 ssl http2;

include ssl.conf

location / {
    proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
    proxy_set_header HOST $http_host;
    proxy_set_header X-NginX-Proxy true;
	proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto $scheme;
    proxy_pass http://docker-IP:3001;
    proxy_redirect off;

ssl.conf contains my crt, key and some security settings.

Thats it - Time to start blogging


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