Parallels Desktop 11 - Can't connect to network drive

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by DavidA4, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. DavidA4

    DavidA4 Hunter


    I'm using Parallels Desktop 11 (Version 11.1.2 (32408)) with a MacBook Pro 15 2015 (OS X El Capitan 10.11.3). I have a Windows 7 Pro virtual machine running under Parallels Desktop. The Win7pro VM is connected to the internet, but I don't see my local network drive (it's a Buffalo LinkStation NAS). I connect to this local network drive regularly though the MacBook. I'm not sure if this is just a Windows setting or if I need to configure something within Parallels. Any help would be much appreciated.


  2. PaulChristopher@Parallels

    PaulChristopher@Parallels Product Expert Staff Member

    Hi DavidA4,
    Please (re)install Parallels Tools as suggested at this article and Toggle network adapter between Bridged(Default Adapter) or Shared.
    Go to Virtual Machine Configure- Hardware - Network 1 - change Type between Bridged or Shared and let us know how it works
  3. DavidA4

    DavidA4 Hunter

    I don't really get why I needed in re-install Parallel Tools - that messed up my graphics in Windows - now some objects are oddly large while others are small.

    Anyway, selecting one of the Bridge options sort of helped. I can see the network - other computers, printers, and the network drive I wish to connect to. Now, the only problem is that I still cannot connect to the network drive - but I can see it. Normally, I mount this network drive on the Mac - so after my first attempt to connect to this network drive from Windows I mounted that drive on the MacBook. That didn't help either.

    I'll keep playing around.
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  5. JamesN19

    JamesN19 Bit poster

    I recently read this thread because of problems getting two Windows 11 virtual machines to see each other using Parallels 18. I tried everything I found in this thread, other threads, and through google searches, but nothing made the computers "see" each other under the "Network" tab of Windows Explorer. I needed to map a network drive so my paralegal had access to Quickbooks Pro 2019. I just happened to stumble across a solution. On the client iMac, my Windows VM ID was listed under the "Network" icon in Finder. I mounted the Windows "server" within Finder. I went into Windows Explorer, which still did not show the Windows server under Network, and typed in the path to the host computer. For example, if the name of the host is "bobscomputa23b," in the path bar in Windows Explorer for the client machine, type in "\\bobscomputa123b" then <enter>. There may have been another step after that, I don't recall, but the upshot is that the client machine connected to the host and I was able to mount the shared folder for Quickbooks.

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