Sharing files between a virtual machine and a host machine is awesome for someone who wants to move files around their local network. Of course, there are many other ways to do so such as Samba, but sometimes some people prefer to set up a virtual machine, install FTP server, create share folders between virtual machine and host machine, open up firewall ports inside virtual machine to allow all other machines on local network to access virtual machine’s FTP server — I think you see where I’m heading! If not, click on the image below to enlarge it and take a look at the explanation within the image to see if the meaning of utilizing a virtual machine for this purpose is any clearer to you.
This is only one of the methods you can use to move files within your local network. There are more elegant ways to move files around within local network for sure. Nonetheless, some people might prefer this method since it’s simple to install a virtual machine, throw in sharing file mechanism, open up firewall ports, and that’s all there to it!
This method works rather well for sending files from a Linux machine to Windows machine without using Samba and without needing a Windows machine to host FTP server. Security conscious mind can use this method as a way to ensure files on Linux machines get scan by ClamAV first before transferring them (i.e., FTP) to the virtual machine on Windows host, consequently placing the transfered files inside share folders of a virtual machine and Windows host — making these files officially residing inside Windows, but without Windows platform’s virus.
I’d written a blog post on “How to share files and folders between VirtualBox’s Ubuntu 11.04 Virtual Machine and Windows 7 host,” and you can check it out to see how you can set up a virtual machine using VirtualBox and implement the method which I’d described in this blog post to move files from Linux machines to Windows machines inside your local network. Like I say, not elegant, but work!
There are couple ways you can access Windows 7 with your iPad 2. The genuine way is to install any app on Apple’s App Store that allows you to use the remote desktop connection (i.e., RDP) so you can connect to your Windows 7 from iPad 2. Of course, you also have to make sure that Windows 7 computer of yours is allowing remote desktop connection. To allow remote connection on Windows 7, right click on Computer icon and choose Properties, and finally check the box that says Allow Remote Assistance connections to this computer. Vice versa, to ensure better security for your Windows 7 computer, you need to disable the box that says Allow Remote Assistance connection to this computer. Anyhow, the non-genuine way requires you to spend some extra cash such as buying a virtualization software (e.g., VMware, Parallel), and then installing a specific virtual view app on iPad 2 to connect to a virtual version of Windows 7. For an example, you can use VMware to create a virtual machine for Windows 7, and then use VMware View app to connect to Windows 7 (i.e., virtual machine). Check out a video on someone had his iPad 2 connected to Windows 7 running on a virtual machine inside VMware right after the break.
I’m not sure if you can use VMware View app on iPad 2 to connect to a real Windows 7 machine (i.e., not a virtual machine), but you can try and let me know how that goes.
For your information: In case you don’t know, you might have to port forwarding the RDP (i.e., remote desktop protocol) port such as port 3389. How to do this? I don’t have specific tutorial for you since each router has different settings and so on. You need to read your router’s manual. In general though, it usually requires you to log into your router’s setting page (e.g., 192.168.1.1 for Linksys), go to firewall section, and add a port number for port forwarding.
Some people have only one computer or one laptop, but they want to try out a new operating system without overwriting the current one, is that even possible? Yes, there are many ways to tackle this challenge, but there is an easy way and a hard way. A hard way is not actually that hard, but it’s a little harder since you have to get your hand dirty with creating new partitions for installing additional operating systems. The easy way is what I’m going to talk about in this blog post is which to use a virtual machine for installing a new operating system.
What’s a virtual machine? It’s a virtual partition within a real partition (i.e., a hard drive) that a software such as VMWare and Virtualbox and others create on your computer’s hard drive, and this virtual partition (or many more) can act as a virtual space for your new operating system. When you fire it up, your virtual machine is going to act like it’s a real machine, although you will notice the performance will degrade somewhat if you have a slow computer. Why this is the easier way and a recommended way for you to take when installing a new operating system? It’s because you don’t have to commit to a new operating system yet since you are in an experimentation mode; you want to use the operating system within virtual machine for educational purpose; you want to delete the operating system and the virtual machine within hours of creating it; and there are many other usages you could think up for virtual machine.
In this blog post, I’m going to talk about one particular virtual machine software which is Virtualbox, one particular guest operating system which is Ubuntu 9.10, and one particular host operating system which is Windows 7. Actually, it’s better for you to watch the video that I uploaded to Veoh after the jump. Unfortunately, there is one problem with using Veoh is that you have to download a Veoh player and install it onto your computer before you can watch anything that is over 5 minutes long or so. The tutorial video that I made is way longer than 5 minutes, and so if you want to waste some 37 good minutes of your life, want to know how to installing Virtualbox, installing Ubuntu 9.10 in Virtualbox, how to secure Ubuntu 9.10, and how to do all of that on Windows 7, go ahead and watch the video.
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