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Getting Started with Oracle VM VirtualBox by Pradyumna Dash

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Using shared folders

Shared folders help you to access files placed in your host system from a guest system. It is similar to network sharing, except that the shared folders do not need a network. They must physically reside on the host and are then to be shared with the guest. A special file system driver gets installed while installing the add-on. Shared folders are implemented as network redirectors in the case of a Windows guest, and for Linux and Solaris guest VMs, Guest Additions provide a virtual filesystem.

To share a folder with a guest VM in VirtualBox, you must specify the path of that folder and choose for it a "share name”that the guest can use to access it. Hence, first create the shared folder on the host, then in the guest connect ...

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