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Unable to share host OS X desktop with guest Mac OS X

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Standard Edition

Symptoms

I am able to see shared desktop items in my Windows virtual machine. But I don't have it in Mac OS Virtual Machine.

Resolution

  1. Run your Mac OS X Virtual Machine.
  2. Once it is booted, please launch Finder.
  3. On the top Mac menu of the virtual machine please choose Finder > Preferences > General Tab > tick "Hard disks" and "Connected servers" checkboxes.

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  4. Now go to the Virtual Machine's Configuration> Options Tab > Sharing. Please set Share Folders to "All Disks", then tick "Share cloud folders with OS X" and "Map Mac volumes to virtual machine"

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Now you should have "Shared Folders" and "Macintosh HD" shortcuts on your desktop in the virtual machine. In Shared Folders you may see "Host" filesystem.




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