I've enable network shares in vmware and I want to share a Windows folder with my Linux guest OS but I don't know where to look in my guest OS? In Linux I've looked into network shares and samba shares to no avail. My Linux is a standard installation of Suse 12.1.

  • What VMware are you running? Player, Workstation, Server, ESX, etc.
    – gertvdijk
    Dec 6, 2012 at 10:27

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I also faced the same problem. I solved it by mounting that shared directory in Linux by using the mount command:

$ mount -t cifs -o username="user",password="passwd" // /media

where user is the username of any of the Windows user,passwd is the password of user, is the ip address of the Windows machine,share is the directory to be shared,media is the place you want to mount.

EDIT: Before doing all this you have to confirm that the windows host and linux are able to communicate. This you can do by using Host-Only Network Configuration in Vmware.

Then you can check whether both are able to ping each other or not.

  • This may work but how do I know the ip address of my Windows host? It's not a vmware server installation but it's neither, isn't it?
    – Micromega
    Apr 9, 2012 at 4:23
  • @David: You can find out the ip address by using ipconfig command. I have edited the answer, you can once try and if not successful, I will give edit my answer again with detailed explanation. Apr 9, 2012 at 4:34
  • I've found this link linuxforums.org/forum/suse-linux/…. Do I need to install vmware tools? I don't have /mnt/hpfs in my guest?
    – Micromega
    Apr 9, 2012 at 18:56
  • According to this KB article the host IP should be known by using the name .host.
    – gertvdijk
    Dec 6, 2012 at 10:28

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