Add Mac-Home folder to Library
Hi there. I just installed Windows 7 with Bootcamp on my Mac Pro (early 2008) and added this Bootcamp partition to Parallels Desktop 5.
Now I have the Network drive Z for my home folder and I would like to add folders from there to the libraries in Windows 7. But it's telling me that I have to make them available offline in order to do that but the necessary option is not showing up in my context menu.
I am only sharing my home folder and I don't want to use my mac profile stuff for windows 7.
Is there any way to achieve what I'm trying?
Nov 11, 2009, 06:27 AM
Yes, you can do that. Just open VM configuration settings and disable Shared profile option.
Nov 11, 2009, 01:55 PM
I'm sorry that does not resolve my problem. The shared profile option was deactivated from the beginning.
The problem is that I cannot add my home folder to the Libraries in Windows 7 because I cannot make the folder available offline which is necessary in order to add a network folder to the Library.
Nov 12, 2009, 02:55 AM
Making a shared folder available offline is not a good idea. This actually makes sharing useless since the "offline files" feature copies the shared files to your VM.
I suggest you to do the following.
1. Create a folder anywhere, say, C:\Users\Home
2. Add this folder to your library
3. Delete the folder
4. Using the mklink command in an elevated command prompt, make a symbolic link to \\.psf\Home. The link should be named as the folder you created above:
mklink /d c:\Users\Home \\.psf\Home
Last edited by vasilyz; Nov 12, 2009 at 03:07 AM.
Nov 12, 2009, 01:36 PM
Thank you very much. That works perfectly.
The reason why I wanted to make the folder availabe offline is that I wanted to be able to use my files also when using Windows natively via Bootcamp on startup and not only when using Parallels. So I guess there is no possible way to do that. But the solution with the symbolic link works really good. Thanks.
Feb 21, 2014, 11:21 AM
Thanks Vasilyz, that worked perfectly!
Tags for this Thread