Making a file on Windows host available to the CentOS guest

kerzner
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Hi,

I am doing some installations on CentOS under VMWare, and I need to make a file (which resides in Windows) available to the installer in CentOS.

I can simply drop and copy the complete file from Windows to CentOS, but the file is 4 GB large, which will increase my hard drive on the CentOS, and I don't know how to shrink it back, even if I delete it.

So instead I want to make the CentOS.iso file available inside of Linux. How can I do that?

I am using the VMWare player, but would consider the Workstation, if that's the answer.

Thank you!
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Most Valuable Expert 2015
Commented:
With VMware player just mount the iso file instead of using your internal DVD drive. The contents of the iso drive is then available to your VM.
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Commented:
You can upload ISO file to vmware host and use by all vms and delete after. (or mount from client destop when needed)

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I did something similar: I packaged the added files into the ISO (using a special program for that), and then I made the ISO available (VMWare sees it already upackaged).
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You can use any CD recording program to package files into ISO files (irfanview or 7-zip for example)

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Thank you, and I bought something :( But I will use irfanview of 7-zip gladly.
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Commented:
sorry - infrarecorder, not irfanview i meant :)

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OK

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