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As far as I know Shared folders is not supported on ESX.
But that was in ESX 3.5. If they change it in 4 I have not seen any documentation on it. I believe I have read all the docs for vSphere (training to upgrade my VCP to 4).
>As far as I know Shared folders is not supported on ESX.
True. The only reason why shared folders are shown for ESX VMs - unified VMware Tools.
What do you need shared folders on ESX for?
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VMware Shared Folders are only available under VM Workstation, Fusion and Player.
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We have set up a fully isolated development environment in the virtual world, which means zero network connectivity with the "outside" world. The requirement therefore, is to find a mechanism to move files between the dev environment and the outside world. Because the dev machines are VMs running on a blade server in a remote location, we can't connect USB keys or USB drives to it temporarily.
We were thinking of setting up a demilitarised computer connected to dev and production networks, with heavy firewalling and protection, but a 'shared folder' might have worked, because if it mapped to an ESX host directory, we could have used SCP to upload and download files to/from the ESX server shared "folder" as the ESX server itself is on the prod network.
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You can use a vmdk disk that you "share" between two VM.
But only one VM must be powered on at the same time.
The vmhgfs driver (VMware Shared Folders) will not work with ESX or ESXi, it is only for Workstation, Fusion,a nd Player. I would put in a virtual firewall that denies all access to and from the dev environment until you are ready to share off data.
You can then open a port on the firewall and have a system grab that data through the port. The alternative is to use something like a Keyspan USB over IP hub and write the data to a USB key, then physically move it to the 'production' side of the house.
In general I find in place virtual firewalls much easier.... Even VMsafe will work here.
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