Sharing Folders

A key piece of software for many OpenSolaris 2008.05 users is VirtualBox.  Some use it to run OpenSolaris as a guest operating system, others install VirtualBox on OpenSolaris in order to run other operating systems as guests. I'll be writing more about VirtualBox in future posts and there is now a blog devoted to collecting posts about VirtualBox.

There are some limitations to be aware of, particularly when running OpenSolaris as a guest operating system under VirtualBox.  The biggest one for me is that in the current release of VirtualBox (1.6.2), there is no support for sharing folders with an OpenSolaris guest.

When OpenSolaris is the host operating system, however, VirtualBox does support sharing folders with a variety of guest operating systems, as Angel Camacho points out in this post.  

Comments:

Wouldn't it be possible to NFS (or CIFS/SMB) share filesystems between the virtualized OS and the host OS? ssh/scp certainly works because I've used it but I haven't had time to try the shared directories.
I also wonder if it would work for a Virtualized Solaris to mount and use a USB attached storage running ZFS and share it out to the host (e.g. Windows). Performance might not be ideal with this configuration, but it would allow Windows to see ZFS shares which removes one more obstacle to using ZFS instead of NTFS or FAT32 (yuck) for USB storage.

Posted by bnitz on June 27, 2008 at 04:50 AM GMT #

Yes, I would think that CIFS/SMB would work. I'm not running VirtualBox on Windows, but these steps for accessing Windows shares should get you there: http://blogs.sun.com/observatory/entry/accessing_windows_shares

Posted by Brian Leonard on August 15, 2008 at 01:28 PM GMT #

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