?
Solved

Connecting to Network Drives (Mac using VMfusion)

Posted on 2011-03-17
5
Medium Priority
?
791 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
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.
0
Comment
Question by:hlh_admin
  • 2
  • 2
5 Comments
 

Expert Comment

by:coreservices
ID: 35159977
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.
0
 
LVL 2

Expert Comment

by:dassey
ID: 35160997
Where are shares being shared from? Domain? XP vm host? Mac?

I think from xp vm host?
http://guides.macrumors.com/Networking_Windows_with_Mac_OS_X

Or Mac to xp?
http://m.lifehacker.com/247541/how-to-access-a-macs-files-on-your-pc

Or from domain to Mac to xp?
Cause if so, why not join xp vm to domain and share straight to that?
0
 

Author Comment

by:hlh_admin
ID: 35161073
info:

-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?

0
 
LVL 2

Accepted Solution

by:
dassey earned 2000 total points
ID: 35161134
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
0
 

Author Comment

by:hlh_admin
ID: 35182981
Waiting for consultant to bring laptop back in so i can try fix..
0

Featured Post

Upgrade your Question Security!

Add Premium security features to your question to ensure its privacy or anonymity. Learn more about your ability to control Question Security today.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Article by: Justin
In light of the WannaCry ransomware attack that affected millions of Windows machines, you might wonder if your Mac needs protecting. Yes, it does and here is how to do it.
It’s time for spooky stories and consuming way too much sugar, including the many treats we’ve whipped for you in the world of tech. Check it out!
Teach the user how to use create log bundles for vCenter Server or ESXi hosts Open vSphere Web Client: Generate vCenter Server and ESXi host log bundle:  Open vCenter Server Appliance Web Management interface and generate log bundle: Open vCenter Se…
Teach the user how to use vSphere Update Manager to update the VMware Tools and virtual machine hardware version Open vSphere Client: Review manual processes for updating VMware Tools and virtual hardware versions: Create a new baseline group in vSp…

755 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question