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I have files in Ubuntu which is running via VMware that I need to get to my Windows host machine. How do I transfer these files if I don't have VMware Tools installed?

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Just as long as your Ubuntu OS is on the network, you can install SSH server on Ubuntu, Use Putty SSH client for Windows. This is not a programming related question. – Fantomas Apr 26 '10 at 17:50
Putty itself doesn't do file transfers. He'd need PScp for that. I recommend WinSCP because it's friendlier. I agree about this being the wrong site for this question, but I don't worry about it. – Carl Smotricz Apr 26 '10 at 17:53
WinSCP did the trick! Thanks Carl! – Bobby Apr 26 '10 at 18:01

Start up an sshd, ftpd or tftpd service in the Ubuntu system; then you can use WinScp, an FTP client or a tFTP client from your Windows box to transfer files. You only need to know the IP address for your Linux box as seen from the Windows box.

You could also set up samba in Linux so you could access the Linux machine's drives as Windows shares, but I had so many hassles last time I tried that, I chose to go for one of the other options.

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Here's a simple one:

I use Dropbox to transfer files by installing the client on both the host and guest OS. Of course, this gets squiffy when I need to move big files, but it's dead simple.

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Heh, when I'm desperate but in a hurry and have at least browser access in both systems, I occasionally just email files to myself via my Gmail account ;) Similar considerations about file size, of course. – Carl Smotricz Apr 26 '10 at 18:22
I like the 'gmail as a poor man's ftp' suggestion! – DaveParillo Apr 27 '10 at 3:44

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