Virtualbox and Shared Folders

A note on Virtualbox and Shared Folders. I installed Windows XP as a guest on my Virtualbox OSE on Ubuntu (8.10) and noticed that my Shared Folders to the host, in this case a Fat32 partition that I share with my Windows Vista dual boot came up extremely slow. A couple quick questions asked of the Google oracle, the following suggestion on one forum definitely helped me: map the network shared folder to a drive. Note: this is actually noted in the GUI when you go to add any Shared Folders -- well fairly small fine print at the bottom... I suspect there is some networking code somewhere when you go through the Windows network neighbourhood that makes accessing the shared folders through it extremely slow.

For those who don't use Windows very often, open a CMD window and type the following to map:

net use [Drive Letter]: \\\\vboxsvr\\[Shared folder name]

e.g.

net use v: \\\\vboxsvr\\shared

Note: I am using the Virtualbox OSE which is currently part of the Ubuntu packages and is currently at version 2.0.4. Your mileage may vary!

Comments:

This is one of these solutions where you say to yourself "why didn't I think of that?". Thanks a lot for the tip, problem solved!

Posted by Jos van Dongen on May 05, 2009 at 01:13 AM EDT #

I have spent litteraly hours trying to fix this issue.

I wish I had found your tip first!!! always the simpler solutions the better!

THANK YOU SO MUCH MATE!

Posted by Hugues the Boss on May 11, 2009 at 11:55 PM EDT #

by the way command line is not even needed there is a way in the GUI in any window's folder go to tools/map network drive, and this will do it!

Posted by Hugues the Boss on May 11, 2009 at 11:56 PM EDT #

Whoa, this has made a huge difference in speed. Thanks HEAPS!
Also, as said in previous posts you can just use the GUI to map the drive ~ works just as well.

Posted by Seano on July 16, 2009 at 12:08 AM EDT #

Your mah hero 8)

Posted by reed on August 02, 2009 at 06:54 AM EDT #

This was a great hint for me. I noticed, that my preferred file manager (totalcommander) was almost frozen when it was started with the shared folder as recently used folder.
Mounting as drive v: worked well, but i also found an option (which i didn't noticed before) not to store state of network folder on exit the commander. Now it is working well for me in both cases.

Thanks a lot for your inspiration
Georg

Posted by Georg on September 10, 2009 at 11:13 AM EDT #

Fantastic.

Posted by Nik on January 25, 2010 at 03:54 AM EST #

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