Shared Drive for Shared Linux VM (Mac/Win hosts)

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Altis, Nov 8, 2016.

  1. Altis macrumors 68030

    Sep 10, 2013
    I have a MacBook Pro with OS X El Cap and Windows 7 installed via bootcamp.

    I have a Linux virtual machine that I currently run under OSX, but I would like to be able to run it from both.

    Is it possible to:

    - Have a shared drive that would be dedicated to storing the Linux VM
    - Boot the VM using VirtualBox on either host, whether it's Win7 or OSX that I boot to

    I'm assuming that if I can use a drive that both can access properly, and use the same virtualization software on both host OS, I don't see why it wouldn't work.

    Anyone have any experience or advice on how to best accomplish this?

  2. craig1024 macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2016
    It's possible I have run an Ubuntu VM stored on my Mac mini from my windows laptop with both machines on wifi by just installing virtual box on my laptop and sharing my macs hard drive on the network, I then mounted my macs hard drive as a network drive and opened the '.vbox' file on the laptop, it worked perfectly but it was a obviously slower.
  3. Altis thread starter macrumors 68030

    Sep 10, 2013
    So if it worked on the network drive, it should work on a shared internal drive?
  4. craig1024 macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2016
    I used it off of a shared internal drive not a network drive so it should work.

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