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Fusion is one amazing hypervisor

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Type 2 hypervisors are cool.

If you’re looking at the ones from VMware (Fusion Pro, Fusion, Workstation & Player Pro) then you should know that the core technology in those is not only the same, but it’s the same as in vSphere – the solution that powers many of the world’s most in-demand and high performance data centers.

Why should you care about that? Because it means that the care and attention to detail that drives billions of seamless internet transactions every day is available to work for you should you need to run Windows on your Mac, Linux on your Windows, or just about any combination there of.

In this demo I thought I’d be crazy and see how far I could push them. While it certainly wasn’t without its scary moments, I hit no walls, encountered no unrecoverable errors, and barely even caused the iMac’s fan to spin. I’m using a combination of Fusion Pro and Player Pro.

The only reason I stopped at 25 was that it was taking too much time to build all those operating systems – I have a day job according to my boss.

Here’s the 25 nested OS’s you can see in the video running ALL AT THE SAME TIME on a late-2014 27” iMac with 32Gb RAM, 4GHz Intel i7.

  1. OS/X 10.11 El Capitan
  2. OS/X 10.10 Yosemite
  3. OS/X 10.9 Mavericks
  4. OS/X 10.8 Mountain Lion
  5. OS/X 10.7 Lion
  6. OS/X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server
  7. OS/X 10.5 Leopard Server
  8. Windows 10 Pro Technical Preview
  9. Windows 8.1 Enterprise N
  10. Windows 7 Enterprise N
  11. Windows Vista Business
  12. Windows XP SP2
  13. Windows 2000 SP2
  14. Windows 98
  15. Windows 95
  16. Windows NT 4 SP6
  17. Windows 3.1
  18. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  19. Debian 8.1 (Jessie)
  20. Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation 7.1 (maipo)
  21. openSUSE 13.2 (harlequin)
  22. Fedora 22
  23. Zorin OS 9 (trusty)
  24. OS/2 Warp v4
  25. Android 4.4.2 (kitkat)

Clearly, if you try this yourself don’t phone support. They’ll be impressed but I doubt they help you. This was fun. I wonder what I can do next?

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Thanks for watching.

5 thoughts on “Fusion is one amazing hypervisor

  1. Tim Gillespie

    So the big question.. when will you support USB 3 in WIndows7 with this next Technical Preview?

    Our enterprise isn’t going to go from Windows 7 very quickly. Even once Windows 10 is out.. USB 3 has been a bane for my VM’s.. I’ve started running Parallels BECAUSE they’ve supported USB 3 from the start in Windows 7.. You guys have not.. sad really. You’re USB support has been .. spotty .. at best. USB is not going away.. so why has it sucked so badly?

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    1. Andy MorrisAndy Morris Post author

      Hey Tim
      I’m not the Fusion manager so I don’t have all the facts but I’m running Fusion Pro 7.1.2 and it has support for USB3. Does it not work, or is there something else I’m missing?

      thanks

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    2. Michael Roy - Fusion PMM

      Hi Tim =)

      Both Fusion and Workstation Tech Preview 2015 has improved USB 3 support for Windows 7 guests.

      If you’re having issues with it in TP2015, can you either send me an email (mroy AT vmware DOT com) or start a thread on the Community Forum?
      https://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/fusion/vmware-fusion-technology-preview-2015

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