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    VM and guest doing file access on the host.. Any problems with this scenario?

    Here's my scenario:

    I'm going to partition my machine about 35GB for Vista and then the remainder (280GB or so) for linux. maybe 15GB for / and the rest for /home

    I'm going to install VBox probably, but I'm not against VMWare server. This is in LInux, which I intend to use as much as possible (meaning never use vista if I don't have to)

    On the virtual machine I'll be running XP and I plan on having itunes on it so I can do my ipod a good way (sorry linux peeps, I think the alternatives are poo). I plan on having the files sit in a linux folder under home and having the XP VM access/edit them.

    Is this going to work? Will the XPVM treat the /home drive like a network shared drive and have no issues? Will it freak out since it's technically a partition in Linux? Will linux freak out because a different OS is accessing the file system?

    Just things like that I don't know about.. I'd rather not copy all the files to the XP VM because if I wipe it out I don't want all my things stored inside a VM image, I'd rather they be in a regular filesystem.

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: VM and guest doing file access on the host.. Any problems with this scenario?

    Quote Originally Posted by Saneless View Post
    Here's my scenario:

    I'm going to partition my machine about 35GB for Vista and then the remainder (280GB or so) for linux. maybe 15GB for / and the rest for /home

    I'm going to install VBox probably, but I'm not against VMWare server. This is in LInux, which I intend to use as much as possible (meaning never use vista if I don't have to)

    On the virtual machine I'll be running XP and I plan on having itunes on it so I can do my ipod a good way (sorry linux peeps, I think the alternatives are poo). I plan on having the files sit in a linux folder under home and having the XP VM access/edit them.
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    As with all VM file sharing, using a Samba share on the host is usually the easiest way of doing it.

    You CANNOT (and should not) directly access host file systems from a VM - the risks of corruption are too great.

    The are numerous HOWTOs on the Samba sharing.
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