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Thread: Virtual Box-shared folders

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex

    Virtual Box-shared folders

    just wanted to make the masses aware of an issue I faced regarding virtualbox and guest addition. I used a guest addition package from the google project page instead of going about it the normal way: Mounting the Additions ISO file
    In the “Devices” menu in the virtual machine’s menu bar, VirtualBox has a handy menu
    item named “Install guest additions”, which will automatically bring up the Additions
    in your VM window.
    If you prefer to mount the additions manually, you can perform the following steps:
    1. Start the virtual machine where you have installed a Windows guest operating
    2. Select “Mount CD/DVD-ROM” from the “Devices” menu in the virtual machine’s
    menu bar and then “CD/DVD-ROM image”. This brings up the Virtual Disk Man-
    ager described in chapter 3.5, The Virtual Disk Manager, page 34.
    3. In the Virtual Disk Manager, press the “Add” button and browse your host file
    system for the VBoxGuestAdditions.iso file:
    • On a Windows host, you can find this file in the VirtualBox installation
    directory (usually under C:\Program files\innotek VirtualBox).
    • On a Linux host, you can find this file in the additions folder under where
    you installed VirtualBox (normally /opt/VirtualBox-1.5.2).
    4. Back in the Virtual Disk Manager, select that ISO file and press the “Select” but-
    ton. This will mount the ISO file and present it to your Windows guest as a
    CD-ROM. Running the installer
    Unless you have the Autostart feature disabled in your Windows guest, Windows will
    now autostart the VirtualBox Guest Additions installation program from the Additions
    ISO. If the Autostart feature has been turned off, choose setup.exe from the CD/DVD
    drive inside the guest to start the installer.
    The installer will add several device drivers to the Windows driver database and
    then invoke the hardware detection wizard.
    Depending on your configuration, it might display warnings that the drivers are
    not digitally signed. You must confirm these in order to continue the installation and
    properly install the Additions.
    After installation, reboot your guest operating system to activate the Additions. (taked from vbox user manual)
    It way very convenient, it was a windows executable, it installed without error, I had seamless desktop, full-screen etc... However I was unable to access my shared folder. In case you dont know how here is the process for windows guest:
    • In a Windows guest, starting with VirtualBox 1.5.0, shared folders are
    browseable and are 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
    While vboxsvr is a fixed name (note that vboxsrv would also work), replace
    “x:“ with the drive letter that you want to use for the share, and sharename
    with the share name specified with VBoxManage. (taken from vbox manual)
    Then it occurred to me that might be I should try to install the addition the normal way, I removed the previous version (control panel-> add/remove program...). As it turns out that solved the problem. Sorry for the length of this post, but I just wanted to pass that on.
    vbox manual can be downloaded here: (I included the link location, so you can just use you favorite downloader. if you are wondering how, in my case the command would be "wget"


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex

    Re: Virtual Box-shared folders

    Hi, I tried to open the Virtual Box shared folder in my guest Windows XP and every time I try to open it or something the blue screen of death appears every time saying the usual thing like if it's a hardware issue or whatever contact your hardware manufacturer blah blah you have any idea what might be causing this? thanks.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2007

    Re: Virtual Box-shared folders

    same issue as moonfrost ,
    Ubuntu On a Dell Inspiron 1525N
    I've been conned into using Linux since ~06?
    UPGRADING = <--nuff said


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