How to Setup VMware Shared Folders in Ubuntu 10.10 with Windows 7

This is a simple and quick post about how to setup VMware Shared folders in Ubuntu 10.10 with Windows 7 host. This feature will enable you to transfer data between host and guest without headache. The another good part is, it doesn’t require any network connection or firewall settings. Its a built-in feature you get after VMware tools installed.

Make sure you have installed VMware tools on Ubuntu 10.10 guest properly. More information available here. Its very simple and easy with ‘easy install’ method.

Follow the Simple Steps

1) Go to settings of virtual machine. Click on Shared Folders under Options. Select ‘Always enabled’ or below option which depends on you.

VMware Shared Folders in Ubuntu 10.10

2) Click on Add button shown in above picture. You can browse any folder or entire partition from host computer. In this example, my host is Windows 7 and I decided to share D drive with virtual machine. As I said earlier, I have not setup any network connectivity between two machines since its not required here.

VMware Shared Folders in Ubuntu 10.10

See Also,

Setup VirtualBox shared folder in Ubuntu 10.10 guest

3) Select Enable this share in next screen. You can select read only to protect host computer. But, you can’t write anything from Ubuntu guest.

desktop virtualization software

4) Now, go inside virtual machine and browse the following location where VMware Shared folders will be listed in Linux OS.

/mnt/hgfs

shared_folder

5) The complete D drive from Windows 7 can be accessed now with write permission. You can use for data transfer without any network connection.

This is very simple setup than on VirtualBox.

Are you facing any difficulties on this method?

5 thoughts on “How to Setup VMware Shared Folders in Ubuntu 10.10 with Windows 7”

  1. i have vmware installed on ubuntu and inside vmware windows, i did the sharing but i m not able to locate the folder in windows(running in vmware)… can you please help?

  2. Well, I could only access the sample music and sample pictures folders in the libraries while having a shared with option with everyone enabled in windows 7 in the users folder.
    Now when I try to access the Users folder from Ubuntu it says “Could not Display smb://###/Users” and “file type unknown”. I’m stuck.

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