VirtualBox Win(host) - Linux(guest) samba share

I love linux mainly because i can work natively.

Using the samba share instead of the virtual box share is that.

  • Samba share is much faster then the virtual box share.
  • Samba share is not messing the ownership and permission of the files/directories.

To have something similar on Windows my solution is :

Windows Host to mount a samba share from Linux (guest).

Virtual box setup for the VM. Network adapters:

  1. NAT (Default)
  2. Host-Only adapter Advanced-> Premiscuos Mode ( Allow all )

Host-only adapter creates a network interface in the windows machine. Change IP4 settings to :

  • Obtain an IP address automatically
  • Obtain DNS server address automatically

On the VM make sure you have enabled eth0 ( NAT ) and eth1 ( Host-Only adapter ). /etc/network/interfaces

auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

# The primary network interface
auto eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp

auto eth1
iface eth1 inet dhcp

For the samba share. Its not the best solution but this way its most "native". /etc/samba/smbd.conf More information for socket options


  path = /
  writable = yes
  guest ok = yes
  valid users = mraiur
  force user = mraiur
  force group = www-data
  create mode = 0644
  directory mode = 0755
  share modes = yes

Also because samba is a different service you should add a user ( admin and force user in the cfg );

smbpasswd -a mraiur

-a adds a new user if a user exists without -a will change the samba share password.