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How to access Windows Virtual Machine folders remotely from another computer running Mac OS X?

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How to access Windows Virtual Machine folders remotely from another computer running Mac OS X?


Share the files or folders on your Windows Virtual Machine by completing the following steps:

  1. Open the Computer Management console using shortcut Windows + X in Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 or Start > Computer > Right Click > Manage in Windows 7

  2. In the Computer Management console, expand Shared Folders, right click Shares, and then click New Share.


  3. A Shared Folder Wizard will open:


  4. Enter the path to the folder you want to share

    NOTE: For security reasons, it is not recommended to share an entire drive C:

  5. Specify how people see and use your share over the network and set the kind of permissions you want for the shared folder > click Finish

  6. Make sure network discovery and printer sharing are on by following these steps:

    • Open Network and Sharing Center by clicking the Start button, entering Network and Sharing center in the search field, and then clicking Enter.
    • In the Network Sharing Center, select "Change advanced sharing settings".
    • If network discovery is off, select Turn on network discovery, and then click Apply.
    • If file sharing is off, select Turn on file sharing, and then click Apply.
  7. Make sure your virtual machine is set to use the Bridged networking mode: go to your virtual machine's Configuration > Hardware > Network and choose Bridged: Default Adapter, Ethernet, or Wi-Fi depending on your needs.

  8. In the Finder, choose Go > “Connect to Server.”


  9. Type the network address for the computer or server in the Server Address field. For information about the correct format for network addresses, see:

    Network address formats for shared computers and servers

  10. Click Connect.


  11. If necessary, enter your user name and password, then select the server volumes or shared folders.

You should be able to access your Windows Virtual Machine folders now.

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