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Share Files Between Host to Guest in VMWare

  Every Linux lovers have some small amount of love towards Windows. Like that, every Windows lovers have small minimum amount of love towards Linux Distributions. So the windows users are want to experience the Linux. For that they choose to dual boot it with there existing OS, otherwise installing it in VMWare or Virtual Machines. Not only this users, some Linux geeks also installing Linux in VMWare or VirtualBox due to some specifications.

   They all are want to share the files between Host (Windows) to Guest (Linux). So this post was prepared for show you how share the files between them.

Steps:

  • Check IP Connection
  • Check Shared Files
  • Manage Sharing Settings
  • Create Shared Folder
  • Check Shared Folder
  • Add Shared Folder to Guest
  • Shared Folder Location

Step 1: Check IP Connection

First of all check the Guest IP was connected to the Host or Not.

In Guest OS (Linux) open a terminal and run the following command.

mk007@linuxlia:$ ifconfig

Here note your Guest IP Address.

In Host OS (Windows) open a command prompt and run the following command.

C:\Users\MK007> ipconfig

Check that your Guest OS (Linux) IP address was shown in the command prompt.

It means they are interconnected.

Step 2: Check Shared Files

Check any shared files are available in your Host or not. In Host OS (Windows) run the following command in command prompt.

C:\Users\MK007> net share

It shows no shared files between them. So first of all you need to create shared folder between them.

Step 3: Manage Sharing Settings

Before creating the shared folder enable the following options in your host OS.

Manage advanced sharing settings > Change sharing option for different network profiles > Private

Manage advanced sharing settings > Change sharing option for different network profiles > Guest

Manage advanced sharing settings > Change sharing option for different network profiles > All Networks

Step 4: Create Shared Folder

In Host OS create new folder and customize there settings towards sharing type.

New folder > Properties > Sharing > Advanced Sharing

Here enable “Share this Folder” option.

New folder > Properties > Sharing > Advanced Sharing > Permissions

Save the changes and close the tab.

Now customize security settings of the folder.

New folder > Properties > Security > Edit

Security > Edit > Add

Here add ‘everyone’ group and give full control access.

save the change and close the tab. Finally the shared folder is created in Host.

Step 5: Check Shared Folder

Now check the shared folder is created or not. Follow the same steps instructed in Step 2.

Finally Shared folder was successfully created .

Step 6: Add Shared Folder to Guest

Add the shared folder to the Guest OS.

Follow the steps:

The shared folder was successfully connected to the Guest OS.

Step 7: Shared Folder Location

Shared Folder location in Guest OS.

File System > mnt > hgfc > SharedFiles

Use this folder for sharing files between Guest to Host. This folder containing files are accessible to both OS.

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Conclusion:

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