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Creating symbolic links in a Windows guest operating system on a Linux host does not list files under subdirectories (2123633)

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Symptoms

In Workstation on a Linux host, when you create a symbolic link, such as with the mklink command, from the local disk to a shared folder in a Windows guest, files and subdirectories are not listed under the shared folder.

Purpose

This article provides troubleshooting information.

Cause

This issue occurs because the Linux host and the Windows guest are incompatible in their use of case sensitivity when handling file names.

Resolution

For a symbolic link to work successfully, you must edit the .vmx file of the Windows virtual machine. Most likely, the parameter does not exist in the file. If not, add both the parameter and the FALSE value.
 
In the .vmx file, configure sharedFolderX.hostDefaultCase = "FALSE", where X is the number of the shared folder you use as the target of the symbolic link command.

Additional Information

This issue is discussed in the VMware Workspace release notes. Originally, no workaround existed. The release note describes the issue and explains that the issue was resolved in that a resolution, which is also provided in this article, was introduced to make symbolic links work. See https://www.vmware.com/support/ws/doc/workstation-1112-release-notes.html.

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