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I need to share a folder between windows 7 and mac os x on VMware.

How can this be done?

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You need to follow this procedure in order to share files between Windows 7 and Mac OS X on VMWare :

  1. Go in your virtual machine settings and select 'Options' tab.
  2. Click on 'Folder Sharing' and tick 'Always enabled'.
  3. Click on 'Add' button and select a folder you want to share.
  4. Confirm virtual machine settings.
  5. From 'System preferences' on Mac OS X, select 'Sharing'.
  6. Make sure that 'File Sharing' is enabled.
  7. From top menu bar, select 'Go' and 'Computer'.
  8. You will now see a folder named '/'. This is your shared folder between Windows 7 and Mac OS X.

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I'd like to stress that this works when the virtual machine is Mac OS X running on a Windows host. Following the instructions allows the VM running Mac OS X to see the Windows shared directory/directories. – mbmast Jan 6 at 7:25
Also, once the VMware shared folder is displayed you can drag it to Favorites section in the sidebar. Then it will be visible in all your applications. – mbmast Jan 15 at 6:33
You can also go to Finder->Preferences->General Tab and select Connected Servers and you will see a VMWare Shared Folders icon in the desktop – Exlord Jun 21 at 4:53

You can enable sharing from within the OSX virtual machine System Preferences > Sharing > File Sharing. enter image description here

You can access this from within windows \\VMWARE VIRTUAL\User or by browsing the windows network.

By default yo may not be able to access some directories, you need to set the correct permissions for that within the virtual machine.If you want to be able to read and write into it something like chmod 777 Downloads/ should do the trick.

Ask away if you need any clarifications with this.

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In VMware Fusion, select a virtual machine from the Virtual Machine Library (Cmd-Shift-L), press Cmd-E to open Virtual Machine » Settings… and select Sharing:

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