If you need to share large data between Windows host and Fedora 14 guest on VMware workstation or VMplayer, then shared folders will be the correct solution. This post shows how to configure VMware shared folders in Fedora 14.
Sysprobs already covered how to install VMware tools on latest Fedora 14. Tools should be installed properly to get the shared folders feature. Visit the earlier post to accomplish this.
After VMware tools installed properly, go to the settings of virtual machine and add the host folder or partition. This example goes with Windows XP; there will not be any issue with Windows 7 or Windows Vista as host.
Click Add and browse the folder or disk partition you want to share with Fedora 14 guest from host.
Note – Network connectivity between host and guest NOT required. You do not need to modify the Windows security permissions also.
Remember the Name of the share.
Click next, Make ‘Read Only’ if required.
Once click Finish, you should be able to see the shared folder or partition under Shared folders in Virtual machine’s settings.
Now, we have to access this share from Fedora guest OS.
Go to Computer, open Files System (root /). Open /mnt folder and look for hgfs folder.
This hgfs folder will be having Shared folders which shared under VMware shared folders settings.
Here is the full content of my F drive partition from Windows XP host with full (write) access.
Its end of configuring VMware shared folders in Fedora 14.
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