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I want to transfer a folder from a Ubuntu virtual machine running on a physical device with esxi 6.0 to a windows 10 laptop. I can't figure out how.

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First of all: The fact, that Ubuntu is running in a VM is of no importance.

Now the transport question:

  • If this is a one-off you might want to use WinSCP on the Windows side to copy the folder via SFTP/SCP
  • If this is a regular operation, you might want to use SMB:
    • either share a folder on the Windows side and mount it on the Ubuntu side
    • or install samba on the Ubuntu VM and mount it on the Windows side.
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I got it working by sharing the folder on Ubuntu and on filer explorer in Windows i would type

\\"the ip of the Ubuntu machine"\"name of shared folder".

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