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vmware and turnkeylinux mount shared folders from windows7 host to ubuntu guest

I spent about a day on this, so hopefully these notes will help someone else.  I’m running VMware workstation on windows7.  I’m using the TurnkeyLinux LAMP VM as the guest. I spent almost a full day messing with VMware’s guest tools and all that nonsense.  What a waste. None of that seemed to work, and yet seemed so simple, because when I installed the TurnkeyLinux LAMP on VirtualBox, the shared folders features worked as advertised, and the Shared Folders defined in the VM options showed right up in the /media folder on the ubuntu guest… very sweet.  Unfortunately, the environment I need to plug into is a VMware based development environment.  But since VMware offers a similar feature, I figured it would be just as simple.  I’m probably missing something, or maybe there was a different toolset I needed to install, however, in the end, I went with a simpler CIFS mount from within the ubuntu guest.

So here it is step by step:

  1. apt-get install samba smbfs smbclient
  2. smbclient  -L WINDOWS7-MACHINE -U WINDOWSDOMAIN/Seth

    -L : put the name of the windows7 machine here
    -U : Is the username on the machine, this is what tripped me up a bit, since the laptop is on a domain, the username option needs to be in the format “DOMAIN/Username”, if you’re not on a domain I guess you can just use Username.
    This command will list all the available shared “Disk” mount points available on the window7 host.

  3. mount -t cifs //WINDOWS7-MACHINE/swshare /mnt/  \
    -o username=DOMAIN/Username,password=**********

    For the item above, I have a shared folder on the host windows7 machine at C:\swshare. After the command above, I can now see all the files in C:\swshare on the ubuntu guest at /mnt.

For further reading:

http://linux.koolsolutions.com/2008/05/19/mount-a-windows-network-share-on-linux-using-sambacifs/

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  1. brett
    February 4, 2013 at 9:36 am | #1

    the main reason why people cant use shared folders on linux is because they dont have “build-essential” and the linux headers installed.

    way i get it to work is:
    1) install ubuntu
    2) sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-header-`uname -r`
    3) mount and “reinstall” vmtools
    4) add shared folder
    5) have fun

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