You can mount the shared folder from inside a VM the same way as you would mount an ordinary network share:
- In a Windows guest, shared folders are browseable and therefore visible in Windows Explorer. So, to attach the host’s shared folder to your Windows guest, open Windows Explorer and look for it under “My Networking Places” -> “Entire Network” -> “VirtualBox Shared Folders”. By right-clicking on a shared folder and selecting “Map network drive” from the menu that pops up, you can assign a drive letter to that shared folder.Alternatively, on the Windows command line, use the following:
net use x: \\vboxsvr\sharename
vboxsvris a fixed name (note that
vboxsrvwould also work), replace “x:” with the drive letter that you want to use for the share, and
sharenamewith the share name specified with
- In a Linux guest, use the following command:
mount -t vboxsf [-o OPTIONS] sharename mountpoint
To mount a shared folder during boot, add the following entry to /etc/fstab:
sharename mountpoint vboxsf defaults 0 0
- In a Solaris guest, use the following command:
mount -F vboxfs [-o OPTIONS] sharename mountpoint
sharename(use lowercase) with the share name specified with
VBoxManageor the GUI, and
mountpointwith the path where you want the share to be mounted on the guest (e.g.
/mnt/share). The usual mount rules apply, that is, create this directory first if it does not exist yet.
Here is an example of mounting the shared folder for the user “jack” on Solaris:
$ id uid=5000(jack) gid=1(other) $ mkdir /export/home/jack/mount $ pfexec mount -F vboxfs -o uid=5000,gid=1 jackshare /export/home/jack/mount $ cd ~/mount $ ls sharedfile1.mp3 sharedfile2.txt $
Beyond the standard options supplied by the
mountcommand, the following are available:
to set the character set used for I/O operations (utf8 by default) and
to specify the character set used for the shared folder name (utf8 by default).
The generic mount options (documented in the mount manual page) apply also. Especially useful are the options
mode, as they allow access by normal users (in read/write mode, depending on the settings) even if root has mounted the filesystem.