VirtualBox Windows Host, Shared Folders and Linux Guest

VirtualBox comes with a feature to give you access to the hosts’s filesystem through a CIFS server.  This is available after you’ve installed the Guest Additions drivers in the Guest.  More details are available here (specific to Ubuntu but can apply to all versions of Linux):

There are more details at that page on how to set up the share.

Frustratingly, the CIFS (Shared Folder) server name you access a hosts file system on a Linux Guest is different to one that you use under Windows so as a quick overview

Windows Guest

net use x: vboxsvrshare

Linux Guest

mount -t vboxsf share mountpoint

Note the change from vboxsvr under Windows to vboxsf under Linux.


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