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I have a client who is running a Windows 7 Ultimate x64 laptop with VMWare Workstation 8.  He has an Ubuntu 10.04 VM on it and would like to have a shared folder between his Windows desktop and the Linux desktop.  Every time we've tried to get that to work, the Linux side won't recognize it.  We did get it to map once, however the mapping popped an error that it couldn't be mapped, then showed up anyway.  When it did mount, there were only read-only permissions, but we know how to change that.  The problem is though that it won't mount all the time, and if it does you have to manually enter the information each time to try to mount it which causes a delay in productivity.  

Any ideas on the easiest way to get a shared folder between the two OS's?  Thank you!
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Setup Shared Folders between the VM and Windows 7.

Make sure VMware Tools has been installed in the VM.
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Yes I've done that, that's where the problem is.  The linux side won't mount them, and the client doesn't want two folders to have to put things in.
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You could use standard SAMBA and Windows Sharing?
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We did try that too, but that's where Ubuntu protested every time we mounted saying it was unable to mount, then it would just mount but mess up all the permissions when it did.
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on windows 7, disable wwindiows firewall and test. another  option is to share a  folder on ubuntu, and access it on/from windows 7?
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The user that was having this problem has not been responding to my information about this topic, so for now I'll just close the question.  Thank you everyone for your help!
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See the comment I'm accepting as a solution.
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