Thursday, August 5, 2010

Sharing Files over Virtual Box

Virtual Box is a program that lets you run another operating system inside of your operating system!

Pretty nifty. It hogs resources, which is expected. What is really cool is that you can share files between the two "computers." Heres how:

  1. Install and launch virtual box
  2. Click on Settings, navigate to Shared Folders and add your new folder (via the folder + icon on the right)
    1. You aren't allowed to use spaces in the reference name, fyi
  3. Boot into you guest OS (windows in my case)
  4. Install the "Guest Additions" via Devices > Install Guest Additions
  5. Choose to install Direct3D stuff too! And don't forget to click accept to get through all the mumbo jumbo
  6. Now to map that network drive
    1. Open up file explorer and click on Tools > Map Network Drive
    2. Browse to Entire Network > Virtual Box Shared
  7. Seamless Mode: You can have the desktop to windows vanish and the windows on Windows appear to be seamlessly integrated with your normal desktop.  If you want to do it here's how
    1. Go to Machine > Fullscreen
    2. Go to Machine > Seamless Mode
  8. Boo Ya - Rock on
Note: After installing guest additions your mouse isn't locked into the virtualbox window. Very worthwhile even if you aren't sharing files across the box.

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