How do you share a folder in Fusion?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by bollweevil, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    I am utterly baffled. I have seen all sorts of threads about how to make a shared folder appear, but how do I create it in the first place? People mention "Options" in Fusion, which I cannot find, and "Add Shared Folder", which I cannot find. The Fusion help doesn't mention how to do the first step of creating the folder, although it describes the next four hundred steps in detail.
     
  2. Guest

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    Mar 13, 2008
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    You can drag files directly from the Fusion window onto your OS X desktop. If you want to share files on the network, that would require setting up a Windows share within Windows.
     
  3. macrumors regular

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    How to create a shared folder in Fusion

    You can specify a folder on your Mac that is shared to your virtual machine in Fusion, without having to use any kind of network file sharing protocol.

    To do this:

    1. Pick an existing folder to share or create a new one in OS X - remember where it is located.
    2. Open VMware Fusion but do *not* launch a virtual machine.
    3. In the Virtual Machine Library window, click once on the Virtual Machine you'd like to configure with a shared folder.
    4. Click the "Settings" button (bottom part of Virtual Machine Library window)
    5. A new Settings window will open for that Virtual Machine. You'll notice a Sharing icon. Click it.
    6. Click the "Share folders on your Mac" checkbox.
    7. Click the + button and select the folder you would like to share (the one you identified in step 1)
    8. Optionally, you can click the checkboxes next to Desktop/Documents/Music/Pictures to share those folders (I usually don't bother, and just share a specific folder)
    9. You can also set permissions for VMware on the folder at this point (Read only, or read/write, etc.)
    10. Close the settings window and start up your virtual machine!

    You'll need to install the VMware tools in your virtual machine in order to access the shared folder - you should see a Shared Folders icon on your desktop if you're running Windows in your VM. Voila!
     
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The PLUS BUTTON! I wasn't seeing the plus button. That was the one and only problem between me and blissful success. This is why you're not supposed to use computers at 4 AM. Thanks.
     

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