Server 2008 Hyper-V: Drag and...Set Up a Network Share

When you see a company such as Microsoft tout a flagship product, and yet it lacks features of previous-generation products, you have to wonder whether they're really doing their focus-group work. I mentioned last time that Hyper-V seems to lack Virtual PC 2007's ability to let users drag-and-drop files between host and guest desktops.

(For a while there, I thought that the "data exchange" feature mentioned in connection with the VM Integration Services might have to do with communication between host and guest, but it seems to refer to an ability to move data in and out via the Registry. Yes, I'm not sure I believe it, either...)

While these capabilities aren't going to be deal-breakers for anyone, they would certainly be convenient, and you wonder how these problems can be so hard if they've already been fixed - in previous-generation products. Anyway, it seems that if you want file connectivity with the host, you'll need to set up network connectivity between host and guest, for example by creating a file share on one system or the other. However, it turns out that that's not as easy as it sounds, as the next installment will make clear.

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