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    Unhappy virtualbox copying files

    Good Day!

    host: ubuntu 8.04 final
    guest: windows xp

    using sun vmx virtualbox

    problem: i don't know how to copy files from ubuntu or any other disk to the guest OS.

    just thought it was as easy as copy from host OS then paste to guest OS


    For every help,

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: virtualbox copying files

    I think even though you're working with virtual box you still have to install samba file sharing but Im not 100 percent sure someone please correct me if Im wrong, have a look in this link it explains further


    http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Sharing_files_on_OSE
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    Re: virtualbox copying files

    moved

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    Red face Re: virtualbox copying files

    @overdrank

    Thanks for moving it to the right place
    i am new to this so i put it to absolute beginner ...


    @jperez78

    currently looking at the link you gave
    i didn't see those in tutorials i browse b4 installing vb


    one more thing is vb OSE same as sun's vb?

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    Re: virtualbox copying files

    What do you do when Samba doesn't work? It says it's unable to mount the share for some unknown reason.

    (I'm using Ubuntu 32 within Ubuntu 64—both Jaunty.)

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    Re: virtualbox copying files

    You don't need Samba.

    In VirtualBox, select the machine and then Settings > Shared Folders.

    This will map folders from the host machine into the guest machine - they will show up in "My Computer". It will make perfect sense once you do it once.

    Give it a go!
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    Re: virtualbox copying files

    The easiest way to share files on a LAN is with good old FTP. Install proftp or ssh-server on Linux and use Filezilla on Windows.

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    Re: virtualbox copying files

    one more thing is vb OSE same as sun's vb?
    Sun makes both versions of VirtualBox. The big difference (from my experiences with both) is that OSE is limited in available features (such as being able to move the mouse between the guest and the host without using the right CTRL key) and access to your machine's hardware (USB ports, etc.). You can download the full version from Sun's website as a .deb package, so installation is fairly simple.
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    Re: virtualbox copying files

    Quote Originally Posted by ushimitsudoki View Post
    You don't need Samba.

    In VirtualBox, select the machine and then Settings > Shared Folders.

    This will map folders from the host machine into the guest machine - they will show up in "My Computer". It will make perfect sense once you do it once.

    Give it a go!
    Thanks a lot bro !
    This is the easiest and the best way to share files. F*ck samba or lan folders, i have 8 gb per file .iso to share...

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    Re: virtualbox copying files

    Quote Originally Posted by tacantara View Post
    Sun makes both versions of VirtualBox. The big difference (from my experiences with both) is that OSE is limited in available features (such as being able to move the mouse between the guest and the host without using the right CTRL key) and access to your machine's hardware (USB ports, etc.). You can download the full version from Sun's website as a .deb package, so installation is fairly simple.
    The only thing that I've noticed between the OSE and encumbered version is USB support. I just checked and the "Guest Additions" are released under a PUEL license. That means you can install them and use them in a company, but only if the end user does it and it isn't "IT policy".

    Ok, with that said, if you do install the OSE licensed server and the PUEL licensed "guest additions" then the mouse works seamlessly, you can have "direct access" to optical drive, graphics is much improved, and there appears to be a Direct3D option related to even better graphics support, I guess.

    As to copying the files - I don't know of any reasonable way to push files from the host into the client OS without running an sftp, samba, file share, whatever.

    However, if you share part of the HostOS disks - "Shared Folders" on the VM settings tab, then the client OS can access any files easily with very high performance. I treat the shared folders as local storage for both OSes and perform high disk IO work from client OSes daily. I haven't seen any issues with Ubuntu as the HostOS. I have seen problems with recursive access when Windows-whatever was the HostOS and Linux was the client.

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