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Is there anything better than NFS for sharing directories between linux guests on VMWare?

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http://serverfault.com – We have an application that on physical machines distributes work to slaves via a NFS mounted directory shared on the master. This configuration is easy to replicate on VMWare. And seems to give adequate performance. However, I was wondering if there is a better way of sharing the directory between linux guests running under VMWare? I gather shared folders on VMWare use hgfs. Would this be better? Is this the best option? If so how do I enable it? Despite having installed VMWare tools there doesn't seem to be an option to enable sharing. In VM settings/ properties / options - VMWare tools is (HowTos)