I am running a Ubuntu VM on my MacOS X (host) using VMWare Fusion. I have found a lot of information about sharing the host partition with the guest VM but not much on sharing the guest folder/partition with host. I read about using smb or nfs to do that. Isn't there an easier and faster way to do this?

  • What I usually do is having a specific folder on the host to use inside the guest. I use it to save documents, etc and when I turn off the guest the files are on the host. I believe it's more pratical.
    – Gus Fune
    Commented Jan 20, 2016 at 5:22
  • If you want to do the opposite. You could use smb on Ubuntu to create a shared folder and then connect via the host using Finder (Go -> Connect to Server -> smb://the-guest-ip-address), but it needs to be connected to the network to work: help.ubuntu.com/community/…!
    – Gus Fune
    Commented Jan 20, 2016 at 5:24
  • This is a good question, I usually use scp/rsync on my MacOS to get files that stored in my Ubuntu VM.
    – Alan
    Commented Dec 27, 2018 at 14:53

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Best to map a folder of the host to be visible inside the VM (for read/write). The data will always be available in the host, independently of the having the VM running. Check this link


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