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Adding a Shared Folder on a Windows Host

(To add a shared folder on a Linux host, see Adding a Shared Folder on a Linux Host.)

1. Choose VM > Settings

2. Select Options

3. Click Shared Folders

4. Click Add to open the Add Shared Folder Wizard and click Next

Link to w_sharefolder_welcome.png

5. Enter a name and location for the shared folder and click Next

Link to w_sharefolder_name.png

  • Name — This is the name that appears inside the virtual machine.
  • Host folder — The path on the host to the directory you want to share. Type in the full path or browse to the directory.
  • 6. Enter attributes for the shared folder.

    Link to w_sharefolder_attributes.png

  • Enable this share — Select this option to enable the shared folder. Deselect this option to disable the shared folder without deleting it from the virtual machine configuration. You may want to add a folder to the list without enabling it immediately. You can then enable the folder at any time by clicking its name in this list, clicking Properties and enabling the folder in the Properties dialog box.
  • Read-only — Select this option to prevent the virtual machine from changing the contents of the shared folder in the host file system. Access to files in the shared folder is also governed by permission settings on the host computer.
  • Disable after this session — Select this option to disable the virtual machine's connection to the folder when the virtual machine is powered off or suspended. Leave this box unchecked to specify that the folder is always enabled.
  • 7. Click Finish.

    Adding a Shared Folder on a Linux Host

    (To add a shared folder on a Windows host, seeAdding a Shared Folder on a Windows Host.)

    1. Choose VM > Settings

    2. Select Options

    3. Click Shared Folders

    4. Click Add to open the Shared Folder Properties dialog box.

    Link to l_shared_folder.png

    5. Enter the following information for the shared folder.

  • Name — This is the name that appears inside the virtual machine.
  • Host folder — The path on the host to the directory you want to share. Type in the full path or browse to the directory.
  • Enable this share — Select this option to enable the shared folder. Deselect this option to disable the shared folder without deleting it from the virtual machine configuration. You may want to add a folder to the list without enabling it immediately. You can then enable the folder at any time by clicking its name in this list, clicking Properties and enabling the folder in the Properties dialog box.
  • Read-only — Select this option to prevent the virtual machine from changing the contents of the shared folder in the host file system. Access to files in the shared folder is also governed by permission settings on the host computer.
  • Disable after this session — Select this option to disable the virtual machine's connection to the folder when the virtual machine is powered off or suspended. Deselect this option to specify that the folder is always enabled.
  • 6. Click OK.

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