Here is a quick tip on how to mount Windows shares in a Linux environment. I mention this as a VMware tip because I see alot of people transferring source files to their VMware image by launching a browser within the vm or via ftp.
If the product your installing is fairly large this could inflate your vmware image, taking up more room on your hard drive. If you take snapshots or back them up, then thats space can add up. As well for products like R12, the stage directory is just under 40GB. Thats not something your going to want to store inside your VM.
I have one directory on my system which contains all the products I have downloaded including R12 for Linux, various versions of Oracle for different OS’s and patches. I share out this directory via Windows (right click on the folder name followed by “Share…” (Vista)) and mount it within the virtual machine by executing the following command:
mount -t cifs //192.168.0.100/R12 -o username=dave,password=mypass /mnt/Stage
Note: make sure /mnt/Stage is an empty directory otherwise the mount will fail and that your kernel supports CIFS. The username and password above are that of my Windows account. //192.168.0.100/R12 would be my laptops IP address and the Windows share name.