Shared VMWare images between Ubuntu and Windows Vista

Derek Broughton derek at
Thu Jun 4 18:24:35 UTC 2009

Sean Carolan wrote:

> I have mounted my Windows partition on my dual-boot Ubuntu
> Jaunty/Vista machine.  The NTFS driver now seems fairly mature, I can
> read and write files without too much trouble.
> What I'm thinking of doing is keeping all my vmware images on the NTFS
> side, and opening them with VMWare server while booted into Ubuntu.
> Have any of you got experience with this? 

Not specifically.  I  did, however, for about two months when I was working 
with a new system on which I didn't have time to fully setup Ubuntu, run 
VirtualBox VMs exactly this way.

> Are there any risks to
> storing vmware image files on an NTFS partition?

No more than storing _any_ files on NTFS :-)

I wouldn't count on being able to suspend the VM on one host, and then 
restart in the other.  It _can_ work, but I had some issues.

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