Ok heres an update.
After mounting in my home dir with :
I decided auto mounting would be nice so I went back to trying to mount in /media/smb: which I accomplished by editing my fstab and adding:
//vistamachine/Users /media/smb cifs exec,user=duke,password=xxx,uid=1000 0 0
I was able to determine my UID with :
id -u duke
and then "mount -a" bingo!
Thanks for the GID,UID,cifs info guys it got me on the right track!