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Virtualization, Cloud, Infrastructure and all that stuff in-between

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Cannot Access Shared Folder vmware-host Shared Folders My Desktop

 

I encountered this error when a Windows 7 VM running under Fusion logs on, VM tools is mapping a drive to your OS X home directory and results in the following Windows error message

Cannot Access Shared Folder \\vmware-host\Shared Folders\My Desktop

I hit this error after I used Carbon Copy Cloner to clone my OS X installation from a SATA disk a new SSD drive and then decided to move my home directory back onto the SATA disk (I’m using one of these to mount 2 disks) to save space on the SSD (info on how to do that here), so the underlying file-system path had changed.

To fix this open the shared folders settings for your VM in Fusion (Virtual Machine/Settings/Sharing.

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  1. Un-check each item in the “Mirrored Folders” section.
  2. Log off the Windows 7 VM (you will get a prompt for this inside the VM)
  3. Log back on to the VM
  4. go back into Virtual Machine/Settings/Sharing and re-check each item
  5. Log off the Windows 7 VM (you will get a prompt for this inside the VM)
  6. Log back on to the VM and it should now be resolved and the mirrored folders show up as actual folders in Windows Explorer

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Hopefully that helps someone else out there who is scratching their head

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8 responses to “Cannot Access Shared Folder vmware-host Shared Folders My Desktop

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  2. David Davis (@davidmdavis) September 14, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Ahh, this fixed my problem – BIG THANKS SIMON ! You’re the best!

    Take care,
    David Davis

  3. Mike December 1, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks so much been pulling what’s left of my hair out for days 🙂

  4. Jaime E Pagan April 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Fantastic it worked like a charm, thank you.

  5. Steve Fraser March 1, 2013 at 1:30 am

    Thanks a lot – this had me scratching my head – worked like a dream – all fixed

  6. Phil May 13, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Thanks for solving my problem with Windows 8.

  7. Alan November 27, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Thank you for taking the time to post this resolution, you’re a star.

  8. Valentina June 12, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Thank you!

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