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Using Shared Folders

With shared folders, you can easily share files among virtual machines and the host computer. To use shared folders, you must have the current version of VMware Tools installed in the guest operating system and you must configure your virtual machine settings to specify which directories are to be shared.

VMware Workstation 5 includes new performance enhancements for shared folders.

You can use shared folders with virtual machines running the following guest operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows NT 4.0
  • Linux with a kernel version of 2.4 or higher
  • To set up one or more shared folders for a virtual machine, be sure the virtual machine is open in Workstation and click its tab to make it the active virtual machine. Choose VM > Settings > Options and click Shared folders.

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    You can add one or more directories to the list. Those directories may be on the host computer or they may be network directories accessible from the host computer.

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