After you create a shared folder, you can change the folder name, the host path, and other attributes.


Create a shared folder. See Enable a Shared Folder for a Virtual Machine.


  1. Select the virtual machine and select VM > Settings.
  2. On the Options tab, select Shared Folders.
  3. Select the shared folder in the folders list and click Properties.
  4. To change the name of the shared folder as it appears inside the virtual machine, type the new name in the Name text box.

    Characters that the guest operating system considers illegal in a share name appear differently when viewed inside the guest. For example, if you use an asterisk in a share name, you see %002A instead of * in the share name on the guest. Illegal characters are converted to their ASCII hexadecimal value.

  5. To change the host path for the shared folder, browse to or type the new path in the Host path text box.

    If you specify a directory on a network share, such as D:\share, Workstation Pro always attempts to use that path. If the directory is later connected to the host on a different drive letter, Workstation Pro cannot locate the shared folder.

  6. To change an attribute for the shared folder, select or deselect the attribute.




    Enable the shared folder. Deselect this option to disable a shared folder without deleting it from the virtual machine configuration.


    Make the shared folder read-only. When this property is selected, the virtual machine can view and copy files from the shared folder, but it cannot add, change, or remove files. Access to files in the shared folder is also governed by permission settings on the host computer.

  7. Click OK to save your changes.