Add Mac-Home folder to Library

Discussion in 'Windows Guest OS Discussion' started by FelixP, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. FelixP

    FelixP

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    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?
    Thanks.
     
  2. alexg

    alexg Parallels Team

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    Yes, you can do that. Just open VM configuration settings and disable Shared profile option.
     
  3. FelixP

    FelixP

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    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.
     
  4. vasilyz

    vasilyz Parallels Team

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    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
    5. Done
     
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2009
  5. FelixP

    FelixP

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    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.
     
  6. HowardPo

    HowardPo

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    Thanks Vasilyz, that worked perfectly!
     

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