VirtualBox: Running other OSes & sharing files
By Matt Hosanee on May 26, 2009
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
> The folder name I used
> 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