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When I save something in Windows 7 I need it to save it on my Mac automatically.  Is there a way to do that?  Right now it is putting it in a specific folder /user/Documents/Quicken/BACKUP

I saw a response that said it could be done at #32645860 response in the search engine.   I just don't know how to do it.

Thanks,

Randal
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Have you enabled Shared Folders?

This will allow you to save documents to your Mac disk from within a Windows 7 VM.

See here

http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1004055
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I watched the movie but I am unclear how to get the specific folder mirrored to the Mac.  It seems the mirroring is going to the Windows Virtual Machine but I may be all wrong.

Thanks,
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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Yes, you setup a Shared Folder on the Mac in the VM options.

then in the Windows OS you map a drive to this special network share.

when you save a file to that drive letter the file will be saved to the mac drive.
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by:sharingsunshine
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I went into settings and turned on sharing then I ticked Downloads on the Mirrored Folders.  

Remember, I am trying to backup the file that is automatically created by QuickBooks.  Will this do that or will I have to intervene.  I am wanting to make this automatic.

If we are headed in the right direction then please tell me what I do next?
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You then need to Browse Networking in Windows and look for .host, click it and you will see your share.

then map a drive to the share.

I backup our Quick Books to a network share on shutdown, but this is a special type of share, its a VMware workaround, so may not be compatible with Quickbooks, and you may have to complete something manually.
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by:sharingsunshine
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I need something automatically.  If it's manual I can just drag the file to the desktop.

That's why in the original question I said "When I save something in Windows 7 I need it to save it on my Mac automatically."

If you look up response #32645860 that person said they could do it.
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by:sharingsunshine
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Actually, when I setup a VMWare shared folder and then did a browse from the QuickBooks backup location I saw that the shared folder was mapped to Z: automatically.  Perhaps, it is the version of software 4.1 that is now doing that.  I then added in the correct path on the Mac to get it to the folder I wanted the backups to reside in.

I backed up QuickBooks to that mapped drive and it was written onto the Mac in the Documents section so now the backup will be automatic.

You probably were saying that, I was just a bit slow on understanding it.
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