I have enabled the "Shared Folders" feature on the VM that runs Ubuntu 9.04. How do I access this from the Ubuntu guest OS?

My host OS is Windows Vista Home Premium with SP2.

Note: I have enabled "Shared Folders" for Windows 7 RC (guest OS) by mapping the //.host/shared folder.


You need to install the VMware Tools. Once you have done that and the hgfs kernel module has loaded you should be able to access the shared folders at /mnt/hgfs/


You need vmware-tools installed, which has been problematic in 9.04. Check out: http://communities.vmware.com/thread/208507


This should help :

  • Create the sharefolder on your windows

  • Create an account for your linux on windows

  • Add your windows ip on you linux hosts file

  • then log as root with su -

  • And finally mount the share folder :

    mount -t smbfs -o username=<Windows system user account>,password=<password> //YourComputer/YourShareFolder /mnt/YourShareFolder

There is also another method (maybe easier)

  • First backup you smb conf file :

    cp /etc/smb.conf /etc/smb.conf.backup

  • Then edit the smd conf by adding this to the end:


path = /home/user/shared

public = no

writable = yes

printable = no (since you want to share files, not a printer)

  • Then restart your smb service :

    /etc/init.d/smb restart

These 2 ways work fine for me.

Hope this will help you.

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