eWEEK Labs Walk-Through of VMware Fusion

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through of VMware Fusion

Rather than click through Microsofts installer program, I was able to supply Fusion with a Windows XP SP2 disk image and a product ID number, hit go, and allow Fusion to do the driving.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through of VMware Fusion

Fusions Windows Easy Install works with a Windows installer disk or ISO image—the ISO image makes for a much speedier install.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through of VMware Fusion

I could drag files between my virtual Windows and host OS X desktops.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through of VMware Fusion

With Fusions Unity option enabled, I could launch Windows applications from a tool bar-based menu.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through of VMware Fusion

My own vote for most-needed Windows-only application? VMwares own Virtual Infrastructure Client, shown running here under Fusions Unity mode.

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In Unity mode, the window decorations of XPs applications betray their true heritage.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through of VMware Fusion

Windows XPs notification bubbles appeared on my OS X desktop while I ran Windows apps in Unity mode.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through of VMware Fusion

For all its Windows integration niftiness, Fusion lacks the snapshot management sophistication of its VMware Workstation siblings.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through of VMware Fusion

Fusion is most focused on virtualizing Windows, but the application did a good job with Solaris and Linux, as well.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through of VMware Fusion

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