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Trying to copy file from vmware guest to host using shared folders

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I'm using vmware player and I'm trying to copy a 300 MB file from the guest to the host using folder sharing. Both guest and host are running windows 7. Vmware player has tools installed. When I try the copy on the guest machine... the "copying" dialog coomes up, and under "time remaining" and "speed" it says "calculating..." the entire time it is attempting to do the copy. After a few seconds I can see the file on the host file system and it is the full size, 300 MB, but still the "copying..." dialog is present on the guest.

The eventually (after about 5 minutes), a "Item not found" dialog shows up saying:
"Could not find this item.
This is no longer located in \\HPDESKTOP\Users\ollie. Verify the item's location and try again"

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by:bgoering
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I have seen where turning off the various TCP offload functions in the NIC configuration on the host will resolve issues like this. In particular large segment offload comes to mind.

Good Luck
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by:opike
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I issued the following command:
 netsh int tcp set global chimney=disabled

and then tried doing the copy again and the copy just seems to hang there forever now.

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by:opike
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Eventually I received the error message:

"There is a problem accessing \\WIN-D2SJSG6EMDD\Users

Make sure you are connected to the network and try again."

But the network appears to otherwise be fine.
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by:denissie
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Did you give VM's "shared folders" feature a try?
(https://www.vmware.com/support/ws5/doc/ws_running_shared_folders.html)
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by:bgoering
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Just go to your Network and Sharing center, then change adapter settings, then right click local area connection (or whatever your LAN adapter is called), properties, configure nic, advanced tab and set to disabled anything having to do with offload and try it again
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I actually had the "folder sharing" in the virtual machine settings already enabled and someone else suggested that I disable it. Once I did that, I was able to successfully copy 3 of the 1GB+ files  very quickly... however after that every file I now copy only copies over at a rate of 7 KB/second and it takes forever. I tested this with a smaller file and same issue.

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Well it looks like I'm not the only one who experiences these sporadic performance issues. I found this thread which talks about the same thing:
http://communities.vmware.com/thread/41676?start=0&tstart=0

In there they mentioned that performance is improved by configuring the VM to use only 1 processor. This helped me too...the file copy rate went from 7 KB/sec (basically unusable) to ~3 MB/sec (not great but tolerable).
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Solution was combination of disabling vmware sharing and reducing the # of processors down to 1.
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