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Using a File on the Host Computer
You can set up the virtual serial port in a virtual machine to send its output to a file on the host computer. This is useful, for example, if you want to capture the data a program running in the virtual machine sends to the virtual serial port or if you need a quick way to transfer a file from the guest to the host.
To install a virtual serial port that connects to a file on the host computer, take the following steps:
1. Open the virtual machine settings editor (VM > Settings).
2. Click Add to start the Add Hardware Wizard.
3. Select Serial Port, then click Next.
4. Select Output to file, then click Next.
5. Browse to the file on the host computer that you want to use to store the output of the virtual serial port. By default, the device status setting is Connect at power on. You may deselect this setting if you wish.
Click Advanced if you want to configure this serial port to use polled mode. This option is of interest primarily to developers who are using debugging tools that communicate over a serial connection. For more information, see Special Configuration Options for Advanced Users.
6. Click Finish, then click OK to close the virtual machine settings editor.
7. Power on the virtual machine.