VirtualBox: Running other OSes & sharing files

As you may know the free VirtualBox software allows you to run almost any operating system as an 'application' on your current operating environment.

I recently installed VirtualBox on Windows 7 RC and wanted to share files between OpenSolaris running in VirtualBox. Searching Google revealed that the share files facility for OpenSolaris as a guest is a newly supported, and I could not find a quick or easy solution through the SMB or "Places->Connect to a server" route.

Here is how I achieved it:

> Share your files in Windows by right clicking and follow the UI (I shared "My Documents" as "Documents";)
> Select the VirtualBox menu "Devices->Shared Folders"
> The folder path should be formatted as
\\\\MYPC\\Documents
> The folder name I used
Documents
> Then in a terminal type: (I created the /export/home/me/Docs directory first)
pfexec mount -F vboxfs Documents /export/home/me/Docs
>  The folder should now appear on your OpenSolaris desktop and in the filesystem views


Enjoy :-)

Comments:

good job

Posted by shahryar ghazi on May 27, 2009 at 07:04 AM BST #

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