The act of emulating an OS environment to allow the running of additional Operating System instances without dedicated hardware.

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Parallels - Can I have a keyboard shortcut for the context-menu key found on Wintel hardware?

On a lot of Windows keyboards there's a key to the right of the spacebar that brings up the context-menu (right-click menu) in applications (I'm running Win7). I can't seem to find a way to map this ...
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Seeing the desktop while in Unity mode in VMWare Fusion?

When I run VMWare Fusion in Unity mode, is there any way to see the desktop or access the files on the desktop? Or must I switch into Single Window/Full Screen mode?
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What is the difference between various VM solutions?

I'm new to the Mac platform and need to figure out which virtualization platform is best for me. Is there a comparison list of features (and missing features) for each of the major virtualization ...
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How can I optimize use of Civilization III in VirtualBox?

I am using VirtualBox to play Civilization III (from Steam) in Windows 7 on my 13" Retina Macbook Pro. The only problem is it's horrendously slow. It seems like this only impacts screens with ...
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Is it better to use MacPorts or just use an Ubuntu VM for local tools/services when developing on a Mac?

As a developer (primarily JVM-based web apps), I need to use a lot of different tools and services, such as Redis, RabbitMQ, MySQL, git, mercurial, etc. Having worked in a Linux environment where such ...
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Tile scenes side by side in Windows 7 as virtual machine

I am using Windows 7 as virtual machine under Mac OS... The keyboard shortcuts of Windows become difficult because of the Mac keyboard... For instance, I am used to tiling scenes in Windows by ...
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iPhone virtual machine

I would like to run some iPhone applications on my MacBook and be able to use them with the mouse. Is there some way to run an iPhone emulator via Parallels Desktop or any other virtual machine?
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What drivers should I install to use the trackpad “two finger swipe” on Windows 7 running under VirtualBox?

I'm using Oracle VirtualBox to run several VMs on my MacBook and am unable to use the trackpad to "two finger swipe" to the previous webpage under Win 7. I'm guessing this is a driver issue. Since ...
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Is parallels 7 better in performance then Vmware Fusion 4?

I got Vmware Fusion 4 when I bought my MAC Book Pro ( core i7 2.0Ghz Quad Core 6MB Cache, 4GB RAM and 500GB HDD). I installed Win7 first on Vmware and then later WinXp. In both case the Virtual ...
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Suspending VMWare Fusion instance that uses Boot Camp partition?

I run my Windows 7 that's installed on Boot Camp via VMWare Fusion. I like keeping it open so that I don't need to wait 3 minutes until it starts up and so that I don't need to login every time I ...
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How to disable any and all eye-candy features on Mac OS X 10.6.8?

I'm going to install Linux Mint virtual machine and work primarily through there. I want to shut off any and all eye candy on Mac to squeeze out every last bit of performance I can. Akin to "Set for ...
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How can I get parallels 6 to run well on my MBP

I've been trying to run windows 7 on my MBP on parallels so that I can test different browsers. Trouble is, it is just slow, I mean excruciatingly slow. Like booting it up takes 15 minutes. It's ...
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VMware Fusion virtual machine from a local partition

When you have a Windows partition on your system, VMware can see and boot a virtual machine from partition. However, with other OS X and Linux partition, there's no such option. Is there a way to ...
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Auto login boot camp partition in VMWare Fusion?

My VMWare Fusion is set up to use a Boot Camp partition. Is there any way to have it automatically login to a user account when the virtual machine starts up, but still require a password when booting ...
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PC Emulator for OSX with driver support

So my workplace purchased a new Enduro 3E Card Printer and they asked me to install it--looking at the installation discs, I immediately realized that they were for Windows installations. So I went to ...
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Is it possible to run Mountain Lion on older hardware by using a virtualization solution?

I'm wondering if anyone has gotten Mountain Lion to run on any hardware in virtualization (VMware Fusion, Parallels, VirtualBox or other...). If so, it would be interesting to know how well (if at ...
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Install Tiger in VMware Fusion

I've got 10.6 running on a 2006 MacBook Pro. I want to run some older software that was meant for 10.4 and earlier, so I figured I'd install Tiger in VMware Fusion, but it isn't working. Any idea ...
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How to diff Parallels snapshots?

Is there a way to effectively diff snapshots of virtual machines in Parallels so as to see what files changed and or file content changes?
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How to increase graphics memory in OS X running as a client in VirtualBox? [closed]

How to increase graphics memory in OS X running as a client in VirtualBox? I installed OS X in VirtualBox and I have 4 GB graphics but it is showing the graphics display as 3 MB. How can I increase ...
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Mac Minis: 2012 Quad Core vs 2014 Dual Core for a virtualization host?

My office is looking to get a Mac Mini for testing our website in Safari. Because Apple now allows you to run previous versions of OS X in a VM, we will be looking to run at least Mavericks and ...
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Mac as virtual machine guest: How to use multiple displays?

I'm working on a test environment for testing Mac software. The plan is to use virtual machines (for example VMWare or Parallels) and install older versions as guest operating system, allowing me to ...
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Does the VT-d feature on the i7 have measurable VM gains over the i5 on 2013 RMBP?

Some days ago Apple refreshed the MacBooks pro and I'm looking for either well sourced reviews of the hardware capabilities between the models or real world experience to help me value the increased ...
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How can I set up a virtual machine on my MacBook Pro?

Ideally, I'm looking for free or low-cost solutions... I'd like to test out a variety of operating systems (windows, linux, mac os, etc). Any help is appreciated!
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Does Apple's license for OS X allow it to be virtualized on an HP PC?

I have an HP laptop and I'm thinking about buying OS X and running it inside a virtual machine on the laptop. Is running OS X inside virtual machine allowed by the license?
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“Unable to load the Parallels driver” after upgrade to Lion

I have Parallels Desktop 6 (6.0.11994) installed and after an upgrade to Lion, whenever I start Parallels, I get these two messages: Then Parallels Virtual Machines window appears but neither of ...
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Accessing files from Mac OS X in VMWare Fusion?

I'm running VMWare Fusion on a Boot Camp partition. When I launch the virtual machine, I see the C:\ drive which is the BOOTCAMP partition, but I don't see the other hard drive (D:) which is visible ...
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Virtual machines to install for OS+Ubuntu+Windows

I have a MacBook Pro running OS X Lion 10.7.2, and I am going to install VMware to run virtual Windows. I would like to use Ubuntu at the same time; is it technically possible? Do I need to install ...
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Can I run Lion in a virtual machine under Mavericks?

I've just realised I can't install previous osx partitions with Lion on an iMac 2013. Therefore I would like to try to use Lion in a virtual machine. I need it to use xCode 3. Am I going to have ...
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Does an iOS virtual machine exist for Windows?

Does an iOS virtual machine for Windows exist? If it doesn't are there any reason why it couldn't?
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How can I get a OSX mountain lion installer for deployment testing?

I have a macmini which came with Mountain Lion preinstalled as from factory. I need to create a virtual machine on this macmini (OSX host/OSX guest) with the same version for end-user deployment ...
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Run a Windows Virtual Machine on Mac OS X 10.8 with a real Hard Drive partition

I have dual-boot setup on my MacBook using bootcamp. I have 2 partitions: 1 is Windows 7 and the other is Mac OS X 10.8. I have all of my stuff personal stuff setup for the Mac side. I have ...
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OSX virtual machines for Visual Studio and Azure

I will be starting a new job in a couple of weeks, and I've been asked to spec out a machine I'd like to work on. As a UI Developer, I am much more comfortable developing in OSX. The company I will ...
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Looking for USB-over-ethernet solution

I'm doing development with the Windows phones, but I'd really like to ditch my Windows box. I have access to a virtual Windows installation in the cloud, but I need to be able to deploy to, and debug ...
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Are there any performance limitations when running a VM of a Boot Camp installation?

I'm planning on installing Windows on my Mac, and would like to be able to use both Boot Camp (for when I need to be able to use all of the hardware of the computer) and a virtual machine (for those ...
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Is the MAC address of my VM different to the MAC address of the host?

My landlord provides my connection to the internet and they are changing their network which requires me to register my iPhone and MBA. The instructions require me to use my MAC address at some point ...
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Can Mountain Lion be used as a guest OS under 10.7 Lion?

I'm installing Mountain Lion on one of my Macs and I'd like to test it (under virtualization) on another. This other (for a variety of reasons) will continue to run Lion. Can I use VMware Fusion to ...
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Migrating an old physical Windows PC to a virtual machine on the Mac

I have a soon-to-be-retired Sony Windows XP PC and I want to transfer it to my Mac and run it as a virtual machine on my Mac. I have used Parallels and VMware before on a Mac but I have always ...
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USB 3 via ExpressCard/34 on a thunderbolt with parallels desktop

Can I use an extenal windows formatted USB3 harddisk on my mac connected via thunderbolt on the future Sonnet Echo-Expresscard/34-Thunderbolt-Adapter? It's clear I can use UBS3 HDs for Mac, but how ...
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Can Parallels and VMware Fusion use the same boot camp volume?

I'm planning on installing the trial versions of both Parallels and VMware Fusion to try them both out. I have a Boot Camp partition which I want to use instead of installing another OS. My question ...
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OS X in VM Ware or Virtual Box

Is it possible to run OS X in VM Ware? I want to setup a virtualized OS X for testing instead of going to buy another mac. Can I do that technically and legally? To be explicit I do own a mac ...
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Development environment in Visual Studio using Macbook Pro

Platform: Yosemite 10.10.4; MacbookPro 15" Retina (mid-2015). Questions regarding development on MacOS: Does Visual Studio for MacOS have all development and debugging capabilities (especially in C, ...
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Copy and paste between Mac and Ubuntu using keyboard shortcuts via VMware Fusion

I use OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 and have VMware Fusion 7.1.1 where Ubuntu 14.04 has been installed. Moreover, I have installed VMware tools patches. Copy and paste between Mac and Ubuntu using keyboard ...
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OS X Lion Virtual Machine on Yosemite?

I have a Mid-2014 MacBook Pro (Retina), running OS X Yosemite. I would like to run OS X Lion within a virtual machine. Is this setup supported by Parallels/VirtualBox/VMware, even though this MacBook ...
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VirtualBox: run OS X inside OS X

I am using Oracle VirtualBox to run OS X inside OS X. This entails running OS X on Mac-branded hardware so does not break any license agreements. I am following the instructions on this site: ...
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Should I run Parallels off of my SSD or my internal HD?

I have an internal SSD running Mountain Lion and my apps and an internal 5400 rpm drive with most of my other data (pictures, movies, music). I've put my Parallels (using version 7) virtual machine ...
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Virtualization of OSX: Read-only main VM, delta stored separately?

I would like to have a (Mountain) Lion VM that I configure in a specific way, and store that in a particular place on the the system hard drive. This is simple enough. However, I would also like ...
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Lion and Boot Camp Windows 7 cannot agree on a system time. What did I do wrong?

I run Lion and Windows 7 on a MacBook, using Boot Camp and Parallels. Both operating systems are set to the same time zone and, presumably, use the same clock. For some reason Windows 7 insists on ...
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Which virtualization programs support hardware breakpoints?

I am using my 2010 i7 MacBook Pro to debug some Linux programs; but I already have a Windows partition and it would be inconvenient to create another partition for Linux, so I am using a virtual ...
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Possible to install VM in another VM?

Currently I own an MacBookPro. For some reasons, I need to run Windows. So I installed Windows XP using VirtualBox (a free virtual machine). My questions is: Can my Windows XP (which run from my ...
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Upgrading from Parallels Desktop 5 to 6 caused DNS query resolution “slowness” at Mac OS level

Anybody else feeling this/have any idea how to fix it without reinstalling Snow Leopard? This seems very similar to problems PD used to have back in 2008 (forum link) FWIW, my current network ...