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Alright, let's see what we can do here! 1) Suspending vs. Shutting Down in Parallels a) How it affects the host OS Both options do not affect the host operating system - in your case, OS X - from a resource usage standpoint. Rather, they only affect how the guest OS will boot next time - (i.e. waking up from sleep vs. a cold boot). When suspending, it ...


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This seems to be a common complaint based on my research but there currently is no setting to disable this behavior.


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To disable the OS X system keyboard shortcuts while the focus is on your VM, just uncheck the box labelled "Enable Mac OS X system shortcuts." This will send all keystrokes only to the VM when it has the focus.


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Parallels is great if you don't need full speed; it's not great for gaming, but it's OK at a push. I'd go with Boot Camp for gaming, Parallels for less-intensive work. You can use your Boot Camp drive in Parallels too, for times you just need quick access to Windows, without needing the full-speed setup. The only proviso is that you must shut it down in ...


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"... I store all of my virtual machines on a sparsebundle disk image. This is a mounted filesystem that seamlessly breaks up the filesystem into many 8MB files. That level of granularity keeps my TM backups small. For example, I have three individual VMs stored on a single sparsebundle volume. They currently occupy 3012 individual 8MB "bundle" files. The ...



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