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I am trying to share a directory from host OS (Linux Mint 9) to guest (Windows XP). I am receiving an error message saying "... The network name cannot be ...
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    Question Can't Share a Directory (both thru LAN and Virtualbox)


    I am trying to share a directory from host OS (Linux Mint 9) to guest (Windows XP). I am receiving an error message saying "... The network name cannot be found."

    Here are the things that I did:

    1. Shared thru GUI (right click -> sharing options)

    I've checked all the options to make files executable and available for guest. I can see the folder under the workgroup but I can't access it.


    2. chmod -R to 777

    Through the CLI I've done sudo chmod -R 777 dicrectory_name but nothing has changed. I even try to open the directory through a PC on the network running Linux Mint 13 but still no luck.

    3. Shared Folder in Virtualbox

    I've also tried to install the Guest Additions (Device -> Install Guest Additions) then created a shared folder (Created a folder on host OS then add the said folder on Virtualbox shared folder under settings.). I assume that I should be able to see that folder on the guest OS but that's not the case.

    P.S.

    I'm using Virtualbox 3.1.6

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    I'm not that familiar with the Guest Additions on VirtualBox but I do know from my notes that when you install, you should eventually get a message on-screen indicating so. Also under Settings (can't recall if you would need to be booted to xp, I would think so) in VBox, click on Shared Folder and in the window at right, click on the folder with the green + sign to add. In the Folder Path box, click the down arrow on the right and navigate to the folder to share. That's all I have in my notes, not very complete although you do need to mount the host (Mint) from the guest (xp). Take a look at the link below to the VBox site, particularly manual mounting. I know the command for Linux but windows is different and it is explained on that page. That might be all you need?

    Chapter*4.*Guest Additions

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    Thanks for that! It did help. Through it, I was able to learn how to find the shared folder. Thanks again.

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