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Connecting to Network Drives (Mac using VMfusion)

Ok so i have a user that is running VMFusion on a Mac. XP on the VM side. his computer is not part of the domain.

I have it set up right now by going into go (on the finder bar)>connect to server> and then click on every folder he wants to access. then i go into the vm side and make these shared folders. but he has to reconnect to server and point to these folders everytime he logs in and wants to be able to access them on the vm side. So when he logs into his VM side, how can i have certain network drives connect automatically so that he can access these drives. so question is:

Is there a better way to do this to where he just logs into mac, then logs in to vm and can click on shortcut to access folders on network?

I hope this makes sense and I look forward to all your help.
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Interesting would be which kind of server shares you are connecting to: Are you connecting to AFP (Apple Share) shares or to SMB (Windows) shares? In case they are only accessible as AFP shares your approach may be the easiest way to make AFP shares available to the XP VM. Then you could only automatically mount your shares (on the Mac side) by using System Preferences > Users > [account name] > Login Items. Drag the shares (when they are mounted) to the list. To prevent the password dialog to be shown you could use the „Save in keychain“ checkbox. Another way would be to write an AppleScript which automatically mounts all needed shares and to add it to the Login Items.

In case you are connecting to a Windows server (SMB) or to an Apple server which also would provide the option to connect directly via SMB from Windows clients, you should use the Windows XP „Connect to Server“ command within your VM guest system instead of defining VM shared folders. To have this working, you should set the guest system's network connection to „Bridged Ethernet“ first.
Where are shares being shared from? Domain? XP vm host? Mac?

I think from xp vm host?

Or Mac to xp?

Or from domain to Mac to xp?
Cause if so, why not join xp vm to domain and share straight to that?
hlh_adminAuthor Commented:

-the mac is not on domain
-the xp vm is not on domain
-and need to access SBS server on domain
-this is for a consultant that is not employeed with our company and would not want to join his xp to domain

could i just create a shortcut pointing to \\server ip\folder?
if so would he have to sign in with credentials?

Ya, on xp side for sure just create the unc shortcut, it will ask him to authenticate, give him the domain\user.name and password and should be good. What you could do is create a share for him on sbs with shortcuts to the desired shares and the should only need to authenticate the one time
hlh_adminAuthor Commented:
Waiting for consultant to bring laptop back in so i can try fix..
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