Midmarket: LABS GALLERY: VMware Fusion 3 Makes It Easy to Run Windows on Mac

 
 
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2009-10-28
 
 
 

The VMware Fusion 3 desktop virtualization tool is a solid performer but offers very few 'firsts' in its competitive space.

By Cameron Sturdevant

The VMware Fusion 3 desktop virtualization tool is a solid performer but offers very few 'firsts' in its competitive space.

Getting Started

VMware Fusion 3 looks for existing virtualization products, including Boot Camp partitions and pre-existing virtual machines. Here you see the menu options to install Windows or other operating systems in a new virtual machine; to migrate an exisiting PC to a virtual machine on the Mac; or to download a trial virtual machine from VMware.

Getting Started

Migration Assistant

VMware Fusion 3's migration process is similar to that of Parallels Desktop Switch to Mac Edition. (See my review here.)

Migration Assistant

Prepare the PC

After installing VMware Fusion on my test MacBook Pro, I installed the PC migration agent on the PC.

Prepare the PC

Fusion 3 Migration Agent on PC

I installed the VMware Fusion 3 migration agent on the PC that was to be made into a virtual machine on the Mac.

Fusion 3 Migration Agent on PC

Apple Bonjour

By default, the Fusion migration agent can use Apple Bonjour.

Apple Bonjour

Migration Client

The PC migration client generated a code for connection to the Mac.

Migration Client

Connect to PC

I entered the code in the migration wizard on the Mac. Both the Mac and PC were connected to the same network.

Connect to PC

User Name and Password

The migration agent used the PC credentials to authorize the connection between the two physical systems.

User Name and Password

Save Migrated PC

Here, I specified where the saved PC should be stored.

Save Migrated PC

Migrating the PC

After entering the administrator credentials on my Mac system, the transfer process took about 20 minutes.

Migrating the PC

Windows Virtual Machine

Here is my Windows virtual machine, including the operating system and all applications and files.

Windows Virtual Machine

Windows 7 Creation

I created a Windows 7 system to see how well the default settings for creating Windows virtual machines worked for my Mac.

Windows 7 Creation

Integration

VMware Fusion offers the choice of more seamless or more integrated operation of the Windows 7 virtual machine.

Integration

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate on Mac OS X

At the end of the mostly automated process of installing a new Windows 7 Ultimate virtual machine, VMware Fusion installed the VMware tools that are needed for easier keyboard, display and mouse operations, as well as for integrated file sharing between the physical and virtual system.

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate on Mac OS X

Windows 7 Running in Unity

Here, I'm getting ready to lose a game of Solitaire in the Unity view.

Windows 7 Running in Unity

The VMware Fusion 3 desktop virtualization tool is a solid performer but offers very few 'firsts' in its competitive space. - Page 17

 

The VMware Fusion 3 desktop virtualization tool is a solid performer but offers very few 'firsts' in its competitive space. - Page 17

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