Using parallels to share a folder from XP across a LAN. Possible?

Discussion in 'Apple' started by tonypags314, Oct 18, 2007.

  1. tonypags314

    tonypags314 Guest

    I have a client who want to switch his entire business to macs. But
    they must still have a PC running for an application they use that
    shares a file across the LAN. Without going into specifics, he
    currently shares a database file from his PC to the LAN (cross-
    platform access).

    Will they be able to use parallels to run XP and share this file from
    XP parallels? Does a paralells pc use the same disk volume as the
    macOS? Is there a seperate IP for the virtual PC?

    Or will they have to keep one PC for this one share?

    There is no server in the network. The Sonicwall handles DHCP.
    tonypags314, Oct 18, 2007
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  2. tonypags314

    ric Guest

    Yes, XP hosted in Parallels will do this fine. You can share out a
    portion of XP's virtual hard disk to the network. This is a file
    stored on your Mac hard disk that Parallels mounts as a virtual hard
    disk for Windows. Whilst Parallels is running this XP volume is also
    available from the OS X environment as a mounted disk.
    The virtual instance of XP will have a separate IP address with the
    default networking setup in Parallels.

    Sounds a bit of a clunky setup, though. Isn't it worth keeping a PC
    or two running to act as networked storage, rather than binning them?

    ric, Oct 18, 2007
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  3. tonypags314

    tonypags314 Guest

    Yeah, I also think they should keep the PC. I told them that. But
    he's all excited about switching to all macs.
    Thanks for your input.
    tonypags314, Oct 18, 2007
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