Get Visual Studio 2010 to Build Solutions On a Network Share In a VMware Fusion Virtual Machine

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When working with Visual Studio solutions located on a VMware network share (\vmware-host*), you'll likely run into various security issues. Here are some tips for the most common issue,"failed to start monitoring changes" build error.

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Visual Studio's default behavior is to monitor folders in web projects for changes. Because the project folder is on a UNC share, this behavior prevents web projects from building. It can also cause Intellisense to stop working for web page objects. The only solution I have found is to disable this behavior.

32-bit Windows

  1. Open regedit and navigate to HKLM \ Software \ Microsoft \ ASP.NET \
  2. Create a new DWORD value named FCNMode
  3. Set FCNMode to have a decimal value of 1

64-bit Windows

  1. Open regedit
  2. Navigate to HKLM \ Software \ Wow6432Node \ Microsoft \ ASP.NET \
  3. Create a new DWORD value named FCNMode
  4. Set FCNMode to have a decimal value of 1

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