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Viewing a Shared Folder

Shared folders appear differently, depending on the guest operating system. The following sections describe viewing shared folders in Windows and Linux guests.

Note: You can use shared folders to share any type of file. However, Windows shortcuts and Linux symbolic links do not work correctly if you try to use them via shared folders.

Caution: Do not open a file in a shared folder from more than one application at a time. For example, you should not open the same file using an application on the host operating system and another application in the guest operating system. In some circumstances, doing so could cause data corruption in the file.

Viewing Shared Folders in a Windows Guest

In a Windows guest operating system, you can view shared folders using Windows Explorer. Look in My Network Places (Network Neighborhood for a Windows NT guest) under VMware Shared Folders.

Note: If you have trouble finding a shared folder when using the desktop icon for My Network Places (or Network Neighborhood in Windows NT), instead open Windows Explorer and look in My Network Places (Network Neighborhood). The Windows desktop icon does not display an option for Entire Network.

For example, if you specify the name Test files for one of your shared folders, you can navigate to it by opening My Network Places > VMware Shared Folders > .host > Shared Folders > Test files.

You can also go directly to the folder using the UNC path
\\.host\Shared Folders\Test files.

You can map a shared folder to a drive letter just as you would with a network share.

Note: If your guest operating system has VMware Tools from Workstation 4.0, shared folders appear as folders on a designated drive letter.

Viewing Shared Folders in a Linux Guest

In a Linux virtual machine, shared folders appear under /mnt/hgfs.

To change the settings for a shared folder on the list, click the folder's name to highlight it, then click Properties. The Properties dialog box appears.

Change any settings you wish, then click OK.

Note: Even though the hgfs folder permission settings may seem to indicate that you must have root privileges (-rw------- root.root) to write to the folder, any user can write to the shared folder, whether logged in as root or not.

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