Sunday 25 May 2014

Accessing your VirtualBox localy

Hi there, following on from VirtualBox networking. The next thing we need is to allow for easy sharing of files between the host and guest. Now we could use something like FTP or samba. However VirtualBox provides a built in feature to map a Host folder on to the guest file system. I will be honest its a bit tricky to get working, but hopefully this post should help.

So there are 4 steps to do this.
  1. Select the folder to share
  2. Install packages needed by VirtualBox
  3. Install VirtualBox's guest tools
  4. Mount the shared folder
From the main screen.
VirtualBox: mainScreen
Open the settings
Click the Add icon. To add a pointer to your local folder that you want to share.
Add Share
Select your folder, check "Auto-mount" & "Make Permanent"
Add Share + info

now fire up your VM

Now, if we check are share in the bottom of the window

Ok. Before we install the "Guest tools" we need to install some required packages
sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install make

sudo apt-get install gcc

sudo apt-get install dkms

Now we need to attach the "Guest Tool" installer image. Its very easy

After you have click it. You won't get a prompt.
If you may get something like this

Just press "Force Unmount"
Now mount the "Guest Tool" image
sudo mount /dev/cdrom /mnt

Next to to run the installer for Linux
sudo /mnt/

Make the folder we want to map into
sudo mkdir /remoteShare

This will take the shared folder on the host machine mirror it to the guest folder. *remember you refer to host folder by its alias.
sudo mount.vboxsf myShare /remoteShare

Now you can move in to the folder
cd /remoteShare/

If you have added some files locally. you can see them with the 'ls' command
ls -l

All done.
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