1) # pgrep crond
2)if not running
check /etc/init.d/ for crond daemon
then try to start it
CIFS runs over TCP/IP but uses the SMB protocol . This is supported both on linux and windows.
this helps to share data vise versa.
In linux you need to install Samba that helps CIFS to run.
SMB share point can be mounted in different ways based on the way its setup on the server
my suggestion would be try centos as we all know 75% public webservers run on centos. Most of the webhosting companies use centos.
How you are trying to install ? are you installing using root ?
If you question is about reseting root password try below url thats shows how to login single user mode. Or if u want try new opensource OS I would suggest ubuntu or mint.
If none above , let me know what your real question :)