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 :
Unlike other answers posted so far, this one explains how to connect the host and guest via VMware Shared Folders.
If after reboot, the security dialog pops up again, to to System Preferences via a button in that dialog and allow the VMware system extension to run.
Enable VMware Shared Folders for the VM
Add...and add a shared folder (pick any host folder that you have access to and any name)
Press Next and OK everywhere until all dialogues close
Restart the guest OS (the mount in the filesystem (see below) is technically available right away, but Finder doesn't see it until reboot for some reason)
You should now have a "VMware Shared Folders" icon on desktop in which you will see the folder you've created. In the filesystem, it's a
vmhgfs mount at
/Volumes/VMware Shared Folders:
Finder->Preferences...->Generalif "Connected servers" is checked:
You can enable sharing from within the OSX virtual machine System Preferences > Sharing > File Sharing.
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.