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The best way to run Windows 8 on your Mac

Microsoft decided to piggy-back on the excitement generated by the launch of VMware Fusion 4 and VMware Workstation 8 by announcing the Windows 8 Developer Preview yesterday. Microsoft's preview has seen plenty of coverage on-line and the VMware Personal Desktop team is in Southern California to learn more about the future of Windows.

VMware Fusion 4 is a great choice if you want to try Windows 8 for yourself. Many users are running both OS X 10.7 (Lion) and the Microsoft Windows 8 Developer Preview on their Mac. By running in a virtual machine you can isolate the new code from your documents and other Windows applications. You can even use the new snapshot viewer to experiment, then roll-back to a known good state, if something goes wrong.

VMware Fusion 4 is available today, download your trial from vmware.com.

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Entrepreneur: Windows or Mac? You Don’t Have to Choose…

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Entrepreneur is an amazing magazine and online resource with great ideas to help you grow your small or medium sized business.

If you are a business owner,  you know that every dollar you spend matters and that is especially true when choosing technology products. You want to choose proven technology products that are easy to use and trouble free in order to focus on what matters to you most, growing your business.

Amanda Kooser in May 2009 issue of Entrepreneur wanted to run Windows on her Mac, but she thought it was too be good to true and was expecting the worst.

Fortunately, Amanda chose VMware Fusion and “it went smoothly”. Amanda found “sharing data is a no brainer“ and that she “…had all my usual Windows applications in action in no time.”

If you want to move to the Mac, but were afraid of losing specialized Windows apps for your business , you don’t have to choose when using VMware Fusion.  Amanda summarizes it best on why entrepreneurs need VMware Fusion.

 

Which entrepreneurs will want this? New Mac users with legacy Windows programs they can’t give up are an obvious audience. Me? I love both Mac and Windows for different reasons and different applications. Fusion means not having to choose a favorite child

 

If you are a small business owner that wants to integrate Macs into your business but still need Windows applications,  VMware Fusion makes it simple to standardize on the Mac while not having to spend additional money on a second PC just to run Windows apps you need. With VMware Fusion, you don’t have to choose!

Look Out Big Blue, We Were Here First!: Macs in the Enterprise with VMware Fusion

macpc You know, with each passing day, the “I’m a Mac. I’m a PC” dichotomy of “fun” versus “work” grows thinner and thinner.

I mean, everyone on the VMware Fusion team knows that the Mac is a killer machine for taking care of business, thanks to the ability to run Windows on Mac with VMware Fusion. 

Me, I spend all day long, every day, working out of a Windows XP VM, running on a tricked out MacBook Pro. 

This blog post is being written in Windows Live Writer in a VM.  I browse the web in Firefox, Camino, and Safari, screencap with Skitch, make movies with iMovie, and make customer-facing presentations in Keynote, but the god’s honest truth is that for Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and others, I live in a VM.

Yes, I know that those exist on the Mac, and no disrespect to the Mac Business Unit up in Redmond, or even the iWork Team in Cupertino, but I’m just used to the Windows versions of those apps.  And because they run just as fast in my VM as they do out on my Mac…well…I haven’t taken the time to change over.

And it’s not just me.  All those VMware Fusion users out there in the world who use VMware Fusion day in and day out to let them take advantage of great Mac hardware to get things done know this too. 

David Alison’s continually posts on his use of VMware Fusion to help him do .NET Visual Studio development on the Mac, which is his bread and butter for taking care of business. Gail Nickel-Kailing uses VMware Fusion and an XP VM for running her marketing consultancy business out of a Mac too.

Yum! Virtual Dog Food!

VMware, as a company, is a great example of Windows on Mac success in the Enterprise.

Every day when I walk in from the parking lot, I get to walk past our tech ops guys who run the VMware development lab.  And it always gives me great joy to see all those MacBook Pros and their glowing Apple logos, knowing that each one is running VMware Fusion and a VMware-issued Windows XP VM for interacting with the management consoles of all that big iron running in our datacenter.

Blogmaster General John Troyer Our blogmaster in chief, John Troyer, recently moved over to a shiny new MacBook Pro, running VMware Fusion, and a whole passel of VMware systems engineers out in the field, who use VMware Fusion and the Mac as their weapon of choice when bring VMware Infrastructure to the businesses of the world. 

Mike DiPetrillo, one of our most senior systems engineers, is a self-confirmed Mac-nut using a 17″ MacBook Pro as his primary machine. He hung out with us at Macworld, got interviewed by USA Today and blogged about it too.

Heck, even our CTO, Steve Herrod, runs a Mac with VMware Fusion, and our CIO runs a MacBook Air (hey! Why does he get one and I don’t!  Actually, we do have a demo MacBook Air…for special occassions ; )

But sure, Pete, of course VMware has Macs with VMware Fusion all over the place.  Of anybody, you guys ought to have that going on.  It’s basic “dog food test” reality, Pete.

OK, fair point.  I can jump up and down all day saying that the Mac plus VMware Fusion is a perfect fit in the Enterprise, but of course I’d say that right?  Only loopy virtualization junkies like those VMware Fusion guys could make it work, right?  Wrong.

Goodbye ThinkPads…Hello…Macs with VMware Fusion?

In case you all hadn’t seen, apparently IBM has been piloting letting users use MacBook Pros and VMware Fusion.  Yes.  You heard right: the originators of the ThinkPad (of which I was a big fan before I switched to my MacBook Pro) are piloting letting IBM staff use MacBook Pros with VMware Fusion to run important IBM apps that don’t run on the Mac like:

  • DB2 Database and Websphere app server
  • IBM’s Rational Application Developer IDE for J2EE apps
  • IBM’s WebSphere Integration Developer SOA development tool
  • Support for IBM’s InfoPrint workgroup laser printers
  • Microsoft Visio diagraming software and NetMeeting video conferencing tool

im_a_virtualized_macThat’s a hefty load of apps, but I’m sure that a beefy MacBook Pro with VMware Fusion will serve them just fine.  I know that it works great at VMware for just that sort of abuse.

And perhaps, the folks over at Apple might just have to rethink their dichotomy, and maybe have to add a third character: “Hi. I’m a virtualized Mac.”

I think we have some models for them already (see at right!).

What About You?

But what about you?  Do you have a “VMware Fusion and Macs in the Enterprise” story to share?  Put it in the comments, and let us know how it’s working out for you!

Switching to VMware Fusion: Mac Server Virtualization Edition?

xserve When people think of VMware and server virtualization, they typically think of VMware Infrastructure, the gold standard of server virtualization software.

Well, but for those out there who need to run Mac server apps and Windows-based server apps at the same time, VMware Fusion has been a handy solution for them. 

Because VMware Fusion can run any of the more than 60 guest operating systems supported by VMware virtual hardware, VMware Fusion can indeed be used to run server operating systems, like Windows Server 2003, 64-bit, Ubuntu Server, and even Windows Server 2008, all while running on any Mac OS X operating system 10.4 or later.

Power to Burn

In fact, VMware Fusion is the only Mac virtualization application that lets you run 64-bit operating systems as virtual machines, along with the attendant large memory support (e.g., VMs with more than 2.5GB of RAM, etc.), and VMware Fusion is the only Mac virtualization application that lets you attach more than one core to a virtual machine. 

Even though its exterior is shiny Mac-friendly, consumer-focused goodness, under the covers, VMware Fusion shares a family resemblance to datacenter heavies VI3 and VMware Server.

Ryan Lovett’s submission to the “My Switch to VMware Fusion” video contest deals with just that.  But rather than switching from another virtualization solution, he’s switching from multiple physical boxes in his server cabinet, all onto a single Mac Mini, running VMware Fusion.  Mac server virtualization with VMware Fusion.  Pretty cool, eh?

He’s collapsed what looks like an old G5 tower, some Windows-based print and file servers, and a FreeBSD router, all into a single Mac Mini, running three virtual machines on it, all the time, with VMware Fusion.

Check out Ryan’s video below! 

Ryan, if you’d care to add anything in the comments section about uptime, and what sort of VMs you’re running, I’m sure our readers would love to hear more about it.

 

VMware Fusion: Cross Platform Developer’s Delight

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Sol Young has a great post on using VMware Fusion on a Mac to provide the best of all worlds for cross-platform development.

In this case, Sol’s rig consists of a MacBook Pro with XCode installed, and VMware Fusion hosting both a primary development virtual machine with Visual Studio installed, and a handful of other Windows virtual machines (XP Home, XP Pro, Vista, etc. etc,) for doing regression testing of built apps.

Sol does a great job of doing a quick intro of how VMware Fusion can be used above and beyond just letting you run Windows on a Mac, but can even help turn your Mac into a serious development platform for Windows applications. 

Sounds funny to the ear at first, but Sol, and lots of other users are doing just that, using VMware Fusion to take full advantage of their great Mac hardware, while using the power of virtualization to do things like snapshot and rollback to allow a clean base state for testing.  Not to menion: finally getting Visual Studio for Mac!

Great post Sol!