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    Default Access to shared folders

    I am running win7 and os12.1 in a dual boot configuration and in addition have two fat32 partitions for data storage.
    I seldom boot the win7 system and would like to be able to eliminate it completely however there are a few 'must have' applications.

    I installed Virtual Box with a win7 guest system and it appears to be working except cannot access shared folders on the host system.
    The fat32 partitions indicated as windows drives 'e' & 'd' were selected and show in VB as shared folders but when running the quest win7 they cannot be found.

    It seems to me I have identified the folders as described in the VB documentation and cannot find any additional instructions.
    Is there anything else that needs to be done beyond identifying the shared folders?

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    On 02/10/2012 02:06 PM, zuser wrote:
    >
    > I am running win7 and os12.1 in a dual boot configuration and in
    > addition have two fat32 partitions for data storage.
    > I seldom boot the win7 system and would like to be able to eliminate it
    > completely however there are a few 'must have' applications.
    >
    > I installed Virtual Box with a win7 guest system and it appears to be
    > working except cannot access shared folders on the host system.
    > The fat32 partitions indicated as windows drives 'e'& 'd' were
    > selected and show in VB as shared folders but when running the quest
    > win7 they cannot be found.
    >
    > It seems to me I have identified the folders as described in the VB
    > documentation and cannot find any additional instructions.
    > Is there anything else that needs to be done beyond identifying the
    > shared folders?


    I don't know about Windows 7, but it works with XP. You need to install the
    VirtualBox Extensions for your version of VB. Then in the VB GUI, select the
    Shared Folders", click the + icon, and add the Linux path you wish to share.
    Check the Auto-mount box, and it should be there in the available disks.


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    Extensions are installed and shared folders are set to automount with full access.
    When I run win7 as a vm and open windows explorer, there is no indication of the shared folders or network connections.
    Windows Explorer shows only c: drive

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    On 02/11/2012 09:16 AM, zuser wrote:
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    > Extensions are installed and shared folders are set to automount with
    > full access.
    > When I run win7 as a vm and open windows explorer, there is no
    > indication of the shared folders or network connections.
    > Windows Explorer shows only c: drive


    I guess that is a Win 7 problem. As I said, XP works fine, and by implication,
    so does openSUSE 12.1. It would be in the network connections section.




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    Quote Originally Posted by zuser View Post
    When I run win7 as a vm and open windows explorer, there is no indication of the shared folders or network connections.
    What do you mean by "no indication of network connections"? The vm should be able to access the host as well as the Internet through the host (in both NAT and bridge modes). The other problems are not specific to virtualization, as already said.

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    On Sat, 11 Feb 2012 15:16:03 +0000, zuser wrote:

    > Extensions are installed and shared folders are set to automount with
    > full access.
    > When I run win7 as a vm and open windows explorer, there is no
    > indication of the shared folders or network connections.
    > Windows Explorer shows only c: drive


    It would, until you actually create a drive mapping you won't see the
    shared folders show up as a drive letter.

    Even in XP, I had to issue a NET USE command (or do the GUI equivalent)
    to get access to the shared drives through a drive letter.

    http://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch0...f_mount_manual explains the
    manual mount options. I do see the docs there for automatic mounting,
    but didn't play with that. Try the manual option and see how that works
    for you.

    Jim

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    Default Re: Access to shared folders

    The partition I want to mount shows as windows\F in Settings under VirtualBox Manager.
    All partitions are shown to auto mount but none do.
    Attempts to manual mount returns result "The network path was not found"




    Quote Originally Posted by hendersj

    [url=http://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch04.html#sf_mount_manual
    Chapter[/url] explains the
    manual mount options. I do see the docs there for automatic mounting,
    but didn't play with that. Try the manual option and see how that works
    for you.

    Jim

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    On Tue, 28 Feb 2012 11:26:03 +0000, zuser wrote:

    > The partition I want to mount shows as windows\F in Settings under
    > VirtualBox Manager.
    > All partitions are shown to auto mount but none do.
    > Attempts to manual mount returns result "The network path was not found"


    What exactly did you type, and what's the name of the path that you
    shared in the host?

    Jim



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    Default Re: Access to shared folders

    I typed:

    1st: net use x: \\vboxsvr\F

    then: net use x: \\vboxsvr\windows\F

    then: net use x: \\vboxsvr\Machine Folders\F

    All in turn returned "System error 53, The network path was not found"

    My hd has multiple partitions, "F" being an extended partition, formatted FAT32.

    Quote Originally Posted by hendersj

    What exactly did you type, and what's the name of the path that you
    shared in the host?

    Jim



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    On Tue, 28 Feb 2012 18:26:03 +0000, zuser wrote:

    > 1st: net use x: \\vboxsvr\F
    >
    > then: net use x: \\vboxsvr\windows\F
    >
    > then: net use x: \\vboxsvr\Machine Folders\F
    >
    > All in turn returned "System error 53, The network path was not found"
    >
    > My hd has multiple partitions, "F" being an extended partition,
    > formatted FAT32.


    What is your host operating system? "F" as an extended partition makes
    me think that it's a Windows host rather than a Linux host.

    Also, what is the path that's in the shared folders configuration for the
    virtualbox settings?

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