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In VMware workstation is there a way to share an already existing folder in a guest operating system, with the host operating system? I tried following these instructions but they seem to be written for someone wanting to share a folder already existing on the host operating system.

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Just share in on the local network and access from within the guest os – user1306322 Feb 16 '14 at 11:16
care to elaborate? What is "local network"? – Celeritas Feb 16 '14 at 11:37

Go to your virtual machine's network connection settings and select "Bridged: connected directly to the physical network".

Then share some folders on your guest OS, via right-clicking menu, from the "sharing" tab.

This should let you access files on guest OS under VMWare Workstation from host OS.

Alternatively, you can publish your files for external access (internet-wide, may require external IP address) and simply access them using FTP server or remote connection from any OS with internet access.

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I think you missunderstand the problem. Say in a guest operating system there is a folder with a lot of source code. How do you get it over to the host operating system? Your way seems to be assuming the other direction. – Celeritas Feb 16 '14 at 20:45
So instead of specifying a host path I want to specify a guest path to the shared folder – Celeritas Feb 16 '14 at 21:14
@Celeritas Edited to solve your problem. – user1306322 Feb 17 '14 at 2:59

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