VMWare 12 Workstation. Looking For Help With 2 Questions Please.

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  1. HORIZONTAL THINKER

    HORIZONTAL THINKER MDL Member

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    Hi all,

    And let me start by saying thanks for taking the time to read my thread.

    Anyway, here goes. I'm VERY new to virtualization but love it so far. I've installed VMWare 12 Workstation with Windows 10, 8.1, 7 and XP (Both architectures) installed.

    I'm now in the process of installing Ubuntu (Both architectures) and have come up against 2 problems/head-scratchers i have absolutely no clue how to resolve:

    Q1. How do i create a shared folder between Ubuntu and the host Windows machine (I created network folder shares on all M$ VM's with the help of YouTube ;P )?

    When i've completed this little project of mine:

    Q2. Can i transfer this VM set-up to another Windows machine, and if this is possible, how do i do it?

    Any help would be great and direction to tutorials would be even better.

    Many thanks in advance guys :)
     
  2. MrMagic

    MrMagic MDL Guru

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    Dunno about sharing stuff from Ubuntu, but you can just copy/paste the VMs from the hosts Documents > Virtual Machines to another machine and they'll run fine
     
  3. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    HINT: When moving VMs around, VMware will ask whether the VM was either Moved or Copied. Chosing Moved will preserve the VM as it was created (including activation) where Copied will assign new HWIDs and result in a new unactivated machine.
     
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  4. HORIZONTAL THINKER

    HORIZONTAL THINKER MDL Member

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    Hi MrMagic and thanks for you reply.

    Just to clarify what my set-up is. I've got VMWare Workstation 12 running on a M$ Windows 8.1 x64 machine.

    I've created a network share for Windows 10, 8.1, 7 and XP that works perfectly for transfers between my host machine and those VM's.

    As for my Ubuntu additions. Allowing access for Ubuntu to the same network share and vice-versa is part one of my mission :p

    "Moving" all these operating systems along with any pre-sets i've chosen to another similar rig would be mission complete (Until the next mission).
     
  5. HORIZONTAL THINKER

    HORIZONTAL THINKER MDL Member

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    Hi s1ave77 and thanks for your reply. Could you explain/elaborate on how to move/transfer retaining all integrity of the VM's to another host machine?

    Thanks in advance :)
     
  6. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    When starting a VM you moved to another system always chose 'I moved it'; task done (you'll only be asked once per machine).

    Thing is, VM hardware is generated from hosts hardware, so starting a VM on a different CPU might leed to errors and mostly can be fixed by 'Ignoring' the error and reinstalling VMware Tools.
     
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  7. HORIZONTAL THINKER

    HORIZONTAL THINKER MDL Member

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    This is "physically" moving from one machine to another. Below is my VM's.

    Sorry for my non-clarity :)
     

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  9. mrcoin99

    mrcoin99 MDL Novice

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    Hi, did you get sharefolder to work between ubuntu VM and windows host?
    Try the following:
    1. Enable share folder in Virtual Machine settings, browse to your windows shared folder
    2. in ubuntu vm terminal enter: sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools-desktop
    3. in ubuntu vm home directory create folder vmshare
    4. in ubuntu vm home directory create text file and name it sharefolder.sh
    5. in text file type:

    #! /bin/bash
    vmhgfs-fuse ~/vmshare
    exit

    6. save the text file
    7. right click text file, in properties, permissions, make file executable
    8. double click text file and select run
    windows shared folder will be mounted to the directory vmshare
    To unmount share folder, in terminal type sudo umount vmshare

    Hope it helps ;)