Virtualization Technology: VMware Fusion 3.1, Workstation 7.1 Advance Desktop Virtualization on Mac, Windows

 
 
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2010-03-23
 
 
 

VMware Fusion 3.1, Workstation 7.1 Advance Desktop Virtualization on Mac, Windows

by Cameron Sturdevant

VMware Fusion 3.1, Workstation 7.1 Advance Desktop Virtualization on Mac, Windows

Eight Processor Cores

VMware Fusion 3.1 beta increases from four to eight the maximum number of processor cores that can be assigned to a virtual machine.

Eight Processor Cores

Connect to Mac or Windows?

Fusion 3.1 can now remember user preferences for specific USB devices. Here I'm being asked what to do with a Kingston Store N Go USB drive. I'll attach it to my Windows VM (see screen, lower right.)

Connect to Mac or Windows?

Preference Recalled

What you didn't see here is me attaching the Kingston Store N Go to my Mac. What you do see is that Fusion 3.1 automatically connected it to my Windows VM and that Windows now presents a familiar AutoPlay choice screen.

Preference Recalled

Migration Monitor

Fusion 3.1 improves physical-to-virtual migration by showing migration progress.

Migration Monitor

More Migration

Here is what migration progress looks like on the physical Windows system that is in the process of being migrated to a VM running under Fusion 3.1.

More Migration

Aero

OpenGL 2.1 support for Windows 7 and Vista guest systems means better support for graphics-oriented applications.

Aero

OVF

OVF 1.0 support makes it easier to support VM import and export.

OVF

Fedora 12, Coming Soon

Although it's listed in the release highlights, I wasn't able to find explicit support for Fedora 12 when using the new VM wizard.

Fedora 12, Coming Soon

Rocket Fuel