Virtualization software for OS X. It only runs on Intel Macs.

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Should I virtualize Windows on Mac OS X using Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion?

I have a MacBook Air and would like to install Windows Vista in a virtual machine, so I can use both Mac OS X and Windows at the same time. I have tried with VirtualBox, but it performed very bad and ...
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What are some reasons to run Windows on a Mac? [closed]

I'm interested in knowing why one would run Windows on a Mac. I may be required by my school to do so, and I'm curious about potential reasons. So, what are some of the reasons to run Windows on your ...
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Is it possible to run VMware Fusion in the background to hide the windows and icons it produces?

I have multiple machine's setup in VMware Fusion. Some of them are only servers (like Ubuntu), which I want to run without seeing the VMware Fusion icons or any screens. A little like what VMware ...
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Is it possible to copy paste between Mac OS and its virtual machine?

I am running Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3, and I have installed VMware to run virtual machines: Windows 7 and Ubuntu 11.10. I have also installed VM Tools. I would like to know if it is possible allow copy ...
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NAT port forwarding from host to client in VMWare Fusion 5?

How do I forward ports from my host machine to the virtualized machine when I'm using NAT to share my network connection? I found some instructions for earlier versions of VMWare, but I don't see the ...
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Moving Fusion VMs to ESXi

I am in the process of moving several VMs created in VMWare Fusion 5 into ESXi 5.1, which I just installed on a Mac Mini Server. I am able to connect just fine via the Windows application installed on ...
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Am I missing out by not running in 64-bit mode?

I'm running an Early '11 MacBook Pro with 16GB RAM. Currently, OS X Lion runs in 32-bit mode by default, and an important piece of software I use for work requires this mode (Cisco VPN client). Most ...
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How well does VirtualBox perform when compared to VMWare Fusion for Linux guests?

I'm looking to do some Linux development, which includes some live testing of my application. I need pretty decent performance, but maybe not pedal to the metal performance, at least not for testing. ...
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How to get VMware Fusion on Mac to use Logitech extra back/forward mouse buttons in Windows VM?

Scenario: I have a Mac running OS X Lion, and then VMware Fusion 4.x running Windows XP and Windows 7 as virtual machines. I use a Logitech MX310 Optical Mouse. It has 6 buttons and I think it's ...
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Remove applications in virtual machine (via VMWare Fusion) from Open With options on Mac OS X

I am running Windows 7 in a virtual machine. Now all of its applications are available via the Open With (or even as the default for some) on the Mac. I don't want them there. I've remapped the ones ...
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Using Time Machine with Virtualization (Parallels, VirtualBox, VMWare, etc…)

Since a single small change to a VM file should (I think) cause the entire multi-gigabyte file to be backed up again, are there any ideas I can use to more effectively backup my machine? Assume that ...
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Resolution 2880 x 1800 not available in Windows 8 (VMware Fusion 5)

I've installed Windows 8 in a VMware Fusion 5 virtual machine. Actually, I upgraded the virtual machine from VMware Fusion 4. I'd like to set my retina MacBook Pro's resolution to the display's ...
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How can I get VMWare Fusion 6 to display in Unity with full resolution on a Retina display?

As a long time (intimately familiar with 3.11) Windows user I finally made the jump to OS X. I was excited to take advantage of the massive resolution on my new MBP, and it's as awesome as I thought ...
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How to increase graphics memory in Mac OS running as a client in VMware?

I have installed Mac OS in VMware today and its default settings are as follow: How can i configure the virtual workstation to increase the graphics memory to 512MB from the present value of 128MB? ...
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Force integrated graphics card on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion when working with VMware Fusion 5.x?

I want to force the GPU on my 2011 MacBook Pro 15 (A1286) to remain on the integrated GPU while I run VMWare Fusion 5.x. The gfxCardStatus software doesn't work on 10.8. Is there another solution?
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Reset the password for a user when Snow Leopard is running as a VM?

Is it possible to reset a user's/root password for a mac image running inside vmware workstation? I googled for a while and also searched on this site but didn't find anything. Single user mode ...
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How can I remove a program from “Open With”?

I recently installed VMWare Fusion and added Windows 7. Now when I right-click on a text file and choose Open With, there's an option to open with Notepad in Windows 7. This is not something I want ...
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VMware fast for first user, sluggish for second

After launching VMware and opening the virtual machine prepared by another user, Windows 7 runs very slowly. File read/write is 10-30x slower than it should be and Windows has started to animate ...
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How to update virtual machine disk space in VMware Fusion?

I'm using Windows 7 on VMware Fusion. In the hard disk settings of the virtual machine I've set Disk Size to 65GB, I've selected pre-allocate the space and applied. However when I run Windows 7 I ...
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easy way to manage VMware ESXi on Mac OS X

I'm a VMware guy, running a dozen of ESXi ... and i'm also a mac user and I've had it with launching VMware Fusion to boot my Win7 to work on vSphere client... Am I missing something? Sys Admins and ...
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VMWare Fusion - Where does a shared folder appear if the Virtual OS is “Snow Leopard Server”?

I have a Mac running VMWare Fusion with "Snow Leopard Server" running as the guest, virtual OS. It says that I can specify a shared folder to shared between the main Mac OS and the virtual Snow ...
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Open MS Office documents on Windows 7 guest VM in OS X host using Office for Mac

I am running OS X Lion, VMware Fusion 4.1.2 which points to the Windows 7 installation created for Boot Camp. When I am in my Windows 7 VM, I want to double click on files (.pdf., word .docx, .pptx, ...
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Making MacBook command-key the Emacs meta-key under VMware/Windows

I can configure emacs under OS X so that the key nearest the space bar (the key labeled Command ⌘) is my Meta key by running (setq mac-command-key-is-meta t) How can I configure the same key to be ...
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VMware Fusion auto-adjusting Windows 7 resolution on MacBook Pro Retina

Finally my company bought me a MacBook Pro Retina (yeah! I feel so lucky!) I always used Windows (and need it, because of Visual Studio), so I installed VMware Fusion. I installed Windows 7 as ...
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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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Is VMWare Fusion bought through the MacUpdate Spring 2012 Bundle a full valid version?

I'm considering buying VMWare Fusion 4. On vmware.com it's available for $49.99. MacUpdate is currently also offering a bundle which includes VMWare Fusion and 10 other apps, for a total price of ...
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How can I get VMWare Fusion 4.0 to work on Mountain Lion?

After upgrading to Mountain Lion, I find that when I attempt to launch VMWare Fusion 4.0 I receive the error: You can't use this version of the application "VMWare Fusion" with this version of OS X ...
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Do I really need to replace my MacBook Pro?

I have an early 2011 (8.2) MBP (i7@2.0Ghz) which I've upgraded to 16Gig memory and 512 Gig SSD. I am a heavy CPU and IO user: vagrant, Vmware Fusion, external display, Office, various IDE's (Xcode, ...
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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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Can I have a stable IP address for a virtual machine under VMWare?

I'm using VMWare to emulate Ubuntu on my Leopard Mac OS X. The IP address changes everytime I put the Mac to sleep. I was wondering if I can avoid that.
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How to purchase Windows for my planned VMWare Fusion setup — via online download, etc

Apologies for this common question, but answers online are often patchy and a few details always elude me. -- I plan to buy VMWare Fusion for my Mac Powerbook (core 2 duo.) So I need to buy a copy ...
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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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Installing Windows 8 Preview on a Mac? [closed]

I'm just wondering if anyone has figured this out yet. VMWare throws an ugly "internal monitor error" and there are apparently some graphics driver issues on the 2011 Macbook Pros.
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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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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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metasploit nmap VMware Fusion 5

Has anyone had success using nmap within msfconsole to target a specific host on a VM virtual network? For example, the following command works from a Terminal prompt: nmap -sT -A 172.16.187.128 ...
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Windows not booting up on VM Fusion. Need to get a file off of windows

I am a pilot that has my logbook on the windows side of my iMac. Windows has been failing to boot up gives me an 000021a error every time. I have tried booting in last known good configuration and is ...
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What are the technical and license restrictions around virtualization for Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion?

I have a 500 GB hard drive on my MacBook Pro. I have OS X 10.7 (Lion) on my main partition and Windows 7 Ultimate on a secondary partition. Because I have older applications that I would like to run ...
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VMware: Shared folders on mac not updated on the virtual machine

I'm using vmware on mac to emulate Ubuntu. When I change shared folders files on OSX I don't see the changes (automatically updated) in Ubuntu... When I added the folder, everything was visible 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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Can I access data on Windows outside VMWare from within the OS X VM?

I am running OS X Mountain Lion on VMWare Workstation installed on Windows 7. How can I access my Xcode projects outside VMWare (i.e. from host)? I know I can do this by copying projects in the shared ...
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Keyboard Layout in Windows 7 with VMware Fusion 5

I'm using my MacBook Pro for programming. I have a virtual Windows 7 machine running with VMware Fusion. When I switch from OS X to Windows 7, my keyboard layout changes. It's really annoying because ...
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Why does OS X prevent access to a folder if it ends with the word “.service”?

I am sharing a win 7 folder and trying to access it from Osx. Everything works but if the folder is named something ending with the words ".service" the folder is not accessible any more, the icon is ...
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What are the licensing concerns running Mac OS X guest OS on VMWare ESXi 5.5 with non-apple hardware?

How do I install Mac OS X as a guest OS on VMWare ESXi 5.5 Update 1 running on non apple hardware? We currently have a large deployment of HP server hardware running VMWare ESXi 5.5 Update 1. We have ...
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Installing VMWare on Macbook - Free version

I need to install Windows 8 on my Macbook. So i am hoping to install VM Ware and then install Windows 8 on top of it. I need to know if i need to install VMWare player or VMWare Fusion ? I am using ...
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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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VMware Windows and resizing the desktop

So I install two Windows 7 VMs through VMware fusion 4. The desktop resizes very nicely in the first: Windows senses the resizing and uses smaller icons. In the second VM Windows simply magnifies its ...
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Installing VMware-Windows for all users

There are two problems with VMware installing Windows in ~/Documents: Multiple OS X users cannot use the same Windows installation. Even one inadvertent omission to exclude ~/Documents from the Time ...
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Retina Macbook Pro BootCamp vs Parallells Performance

I'm thinking of getting rid of my old gaming PC and just bootcamping / virtualizing on my Retina Macbook Pro. I've tried using a VM (VMWare Fusion) and the performance there was pretty awful, has ...