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VMware Fusion Team Looking for a Few Good Interns

BXSHT_Fusion2_Q308_LoRes The VMware Fusion engineering team is looking to hire a development intern for this summer.  The VMware Fusion development intern will get the chance to work on the latest and greatest Mac virtualization technology, and help shape the future of VMware Fusion!

We’re looking for undergrad or Masters student majoring in Computer Science, from a top-tier university.  Mac coding experience is a plus, but if you don’t have any, that’s by no means a deal breaker.  Being sharp as a tack, however, is a must have!

You can read more, and apply here.

Also, the VMware Workstation team (Fusion’s big brother—the must-have virtualization tool for the technical professional) is hiring a development intern too.  That job description is here.

If you, or someone you know is interested, by all means, apply to join the team!  Both positions are located in Palo Alto.

DoubleCAD on Mac with VMware Fusion

Pete_s VMware Dell I was trolling my Google Alerts on “VMware Fusion” this morning, and came across this cool post from Allan Brito over on the Blender 3D Architect blog regarding running DoubleCAD XT on the Mac with VMware Fusion.

Folks are probably familiar with how running AutoCAD on Mac is totally doable thanks to VMware Fusion.  AutoDesk themselves does it at their tradeshows, as we’ve blogged about before.

In this case, Allan talks about a free alternative to AutoCAD called DoubleCAD, that has limited functionality compared to full-on AutoCAD, but which might be worth a look for a lot of folks.

But like most software that uses DirectX 3D APIs for its 3D features, it looks like DoubleCAD is Windows-only.  But as readers of this blog know, that doesn’t mean it can’t run on a Mac!

Check out the screenshots below that Allan took of DoubleCAD running with VMware Fusion on his MacBook Pro!


VMware Fusion 2.0.2 Now Available: Import Parallels Desktop 4 Virtual Machines and More!

dinnerbell_rome We’re proud to announce our latest maintenance release of VMware Fusion 2.  VMware Fusion 2.0.2 is a free update for all VMware Fusion 1.x and VMware Fusion 2.x users.

VMware Fusion 2.0.2 fixes a number of bugs, while adding some much-requested enhancements.  You can read all about it on the release notes, but the highlights are below.  You can go grab the bits here.

Import Parallels Desktop 4 and Parallels Server Virtual Machines

At Macworld we had the pleasure to announce that we had overcome Parallels Desktop to become the top selling Windows on Mac product for all of 2008

One of the reasons why people are switching to VMware Fusion in droves is because we make it so easy to switch, with the ability to import your existing Parallels Desktop virtual machines directly from the VMware Fusion user interface.

Here’s a video of it in action:

Ever since the launch of Parallels Desktop 4, we’ve seen many users asking us for the ability to import Parallels 4 virtual machines.  At the same time, as more and more users recognize VMware Fusion as a server-class virtualization tool to run on their Mac Pros and XServes, there have been requests for the ability to import Parallels Server virtual machines.

Well, we’re happy to announce that in VMware Fusion 2.0.2, you can import Windows virtual machines created in both Parallels Desktop 4 and Parallels Server.

Virtual Leopard Server

Ever since VMware Fusion 2 Beta 2, with the ability to run Mac OS X Leopard Server virtual machines, we’ve heard users asking for the ability to mount a .dmg disk image from a virtual machine.  Well, in VMware Fusion 2.0.2, you can finally do that.

Also, in VMware Fusion 2.0.1, there was an issue with running Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.6 virtual machines, requiring folks to use 10.5.5, and refrain from upgrading.  This is now fixed too.

Lastly, there had been some issues with installing Leopard Server virtual machines on the new MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air announced in Fall 2008.  This is now fixed.

Faster Shared Folders

In previous versions of VMware Fusion, occasionally, when browsing a Windows shared folder or mirrored folder, you would see a lag from the time you opened the shared folder to when contents would start appearing.  It wasn’t long, but it long enough to be noticeable, and less than seamless.  We’re happy to let you know that this has now been fixed in VMware Fusion 2.0.2.

Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex Support

For all you Linux fans out there, VMware Fusion 2.0.2 now supports Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex as a virtual machine, complete with pre-compiled VMware Tools modules, Easy Install support, and, everyone’s favorite….Linux Unity view! 

See video of Linux Unity view in action below:

And for more information please check out the complete release notes, along with the known issues section.  Enjoy the software, and thanks for your ongoing support!


Sharepoint on Mac Part Duex: With Visual Studio and SQL Studio too!


Chris Poteet commented on our previous post covering Windows Sharepoint Services on the Mac with VMware Fusion, noting that he was doing something similar. 

I told him that if he wanted to blog it, we would point to his post too.

Turns out that Chris is using VMware Fusion to integrate Microsoft Office Sharepoint Services Enterprise Edition with SQL Server, while using Visual Studio 2008 and Powershell as his development environment, all within a Windows Server 2003 VM running on his MacBook Pro with VMware Fusion.  That’s definitely a geeky mouthful right there.  Just the way we like it.  You can read all about it here.

One of my favorite quotes:

After comparing Parallels and Fusion I decided to go with Fusion, and it was a good decision! With my MBP which has 4 GB RAM, 2.8 Ghz processor, and a 320 GB hard drive at 7200 RPM I run SharePoint faster than some dedicated Microsoft Server setups I’ve seen!

Running Sharepoint Services on a Mac with VMware Fusion

SharePointServer2007_webRobert Grissom over at the GSR Solutions Blog has a cool post up on how to run  Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0 on a Mac using VMware Fusion

He’s using VMware Fusion to run a Windows Server 2003 virtual machine, on top of which he is installing Sharepoint Server, before deploying it to production. All from the safety of his MacBook Pro. 

I’m looking forward to seeing if he’s going to run the production service on a VM on an Xserve, running Fusion!  Wouldn’t that be the coolest?

He notes that this is going to be the first in a series, so it might be worthwhile to subscribe to his blog if you’re an IT professional who administers Sharepoint, but runs a Mac as your weapon of computing choice.

MacVoices.tv Video Interview with Joe Kissel on how to “Take Control of VMware Fusion 2”

Chuck Joiner of the MacVoices podcast did a cool experiment at Macworld, doing some video on top of his normal “audio-only” work. 

The results can be seen at his new site, MacVoices.tv.  Our favorite one so far is Chuck’s interview of Joe Kissel at the VMware Fusion booth at Macworld Expo 2009. 

Joe gives the rundown and some preview content on his new e-book, Take Control of VMware Fusion 2, which is a great resource for folks looking to wring every last drop of awesome out of VMware Fusion for running Windows on Mac.

Check out the interview below, and learn more about Take Control of VMware Fusion 2 by going to the e-book’s site, here.

Windows 7 on Mac with VMware Fusion Video Edition

FinderScreenSnapz002.movSome folks here at VMware yelled at me for placing the guided video tour of installing Windows 7 on Mac way at the end of my previous blog post on the topic.

They’re afraid that folks won’t easily find it, and that video’s an easier way to consumer that kind of information.

OK, fair criticism.  So here’s just the video from our original Windows 7 on Mac blog post (complete with HD embed!). Enjoy!


Counterstrike on the Mac with VMware Fusion

CounterStrikeSource_normal As we’ve talked about on this blog from time to time, one of the things that we really focus on here on the Fusion team is high performance 3D acceleration for virtualized apps.  VMware Fusion 2 leads the industry in support for DirectX 3D acceleration support, having shipped support for DirectX 9 Shader Model 2 back in April of 2008 with VMware Fusion 2 Beta 1.

One of our systems engineers here at VMware emailed me with this great video that his little brother threw together of Counterstrike Source running on his Mac with VMware Fusion

Essentially, he’s running CS:S in a Windows XP SP3 VM, sporting 2GB of RAM, on his 2.8ghz MacBook Pro. Not sure what GPU it has, but guessing the NVIDIA GeForce 8600.

The results?  It looks like he was getting around 30 frames per second even while running the screen capturing software.  Without the screencap software running, he was logging frame rates of 48 fps.

Pretty awesome stuff! Here’s the video in question:

And here are some other fun videos of 3D games running in VMware Fusion 2


Windows 7 on Mac with VMware Fusion: A Practical Guide


There’s been a lot of buzz flying around about Microsoft’s next big operating system, Windows 7, which just entered public beta.

As our readers know, a great way to start testing out a new operating system is in a virtual machine, where you can see how it works without having to dedicate a whole physical machine. 

Well guess what: this is certainly the case with Windows 7 and VMware Fusion, too.  So we wanted to take the time to share best practices on how to make this happen, with screenshots and video of the process to make it nice and easy for you.

Git yer free trial Windows!  Six months to see what you think of Windows on Mac!

Another cool thing about the Windows 7 Beta, is that it’s free to use for anyone.  That’s right.  Anyone can go and download the Windows 7 bits, and get a beta serial key that’s good through July 1st, 2009.

One of the costs associated with running Windows on the Mac is the cost of Windows.  And unlike VMware Fusion, which has a fully-functional 30-day trial for anyone to play with, Microsoft doesn’t typically provide trial access to operating systems in a way conducive to playing around in a VMware virtual machine—like an OS disk image, for example.

As such, a lot of Mac users who aren’t recent switchers, haven’t taken the opportunity to play around with the idea of Windows on the Mac, and as a result haven’t seen how fast, stable, and easy it can be.  Instead, you get people sitting back and saying “Windows on Mac? Ew!” because they haven’t really had the opportunity to learn any better.  They don’t know what they’re missing.  Well this is the chance to fix that.

It’s All About the Apps, Baby.

This kind of old-school thinking is a bit of a bummer, as there are tens of thousands of great Windows-only applications that Mac users can’t access without virtualized Windows apps, like Microsoft’s Photosynth on Mac, Worldwide Telescope on Mac, or Microsoft’s new Songsmith on the Mac, not to mention things like Google Chrome on Mac.  The list goes on and on, but you get the point.  It’s nice to have a balanced Dock!


Not just that, but Windows on the Mac nowadays isn’t your father’s Windows on Mac.  This isn’t Virtual PC for Mac, which emulated the Intel chip in software.  This is virtualization, with direct CPU access, and all the speed that entails.  Also, this isn’t Mac virtualization of the sort you may have seen in early 2007.  The Macs are twice as fast, and the software’s much more mature.

So, we wanted to take the opportunity to show you that Windows 7, like Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 98, and pretty much any other Intel-based OS (Linux too!) will run in a VM with VMware Fusion, and give some guidance on how to set things up for best success.

First, The Caveats

Windows 7 beta, both 32-bit and 64-bit, is not supported with VMware Fusion, but many VMware product features appear to work well today including Drag and Drop, Unity, and more.  Based on commentary in our VMware Fusion forums, the best experience with Windows 7 beta with Fusion results from the following VMware settings:

– Use the Windows Server 2008 option to create your VM
– Disable 3D Acceleration
– Disabled Shared Folders

We plan to support Windows 7 after it is released.

Next, What You Care About

Because VMware Fusion does not yet support Windows 7, there are some tweaks you’ll have to do.

First, go ahead and download the Windows 7 ISO from Microsoft’s Windows 7 Beta site and get yourself a beta product key. You can use 32-bit or 64-bit, but we’ve heard that lots of folks are getting better performance out of 64-bit, so this example will assume that.  Just download the ISO to your desktop.

Then, you’ll go to create a new virtual machine, the same as you’ve done before via “File>New”:

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Next, we’re going to point the New Virtual Machine Assistant at the Windows 7 ISO you just downloaded.  Typically, if you just insert a Windows install disk, VMware Fusion automagically recognizes what OS is in it, but in this case, we have to point it at the ISO.

Click “Continue without disk.”

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Then, click “Use operating system installation disk image file”:

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Just select the ISO in the dialog that pops up:

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Next, based on what we’ve seen in our VMware Fusion forums, you have to do
a little bit of tweaking. 

First, Windows Easy Install will parse the disk image as Windows Vista (either 32 or 64 bit, depending on which ISO you downloaded).  Go ahead and change that to Windows Server 2008 (again 32 or 64-bit, depending on which one you downloaded).  We’ve heard that it works fine defined as “Vista” too, but this appears to be the best way.

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Next, go ahead and take that serial key that was provided to you by Microsoft, and paste it into the Windows Product Key form in Windows Easy Install.

Also, untick “Make your home folder accessible to the virtual machine", as based on reports in our VMware Fusion forums, shared folders aren’t working in Windows 7.

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At this point, you should see your final configuration setup, with 1 GB of RAM assigned, and a virtual hard disk that will expand up to 40GB (but will start much smaller).  Click “Finish.” 

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Once you hit “Finish,” Windows Easy Install will be off and running, installing Windows 7.  You’ll see some reboots, and VMware Tools will install automatically.

After that’s all finished, you should be able to play around with Windows 7 as you would expect, with the noted exceptions up top.  Again, this is not a supported configuration, and there will likely be bugs, as we repeat above from reports in our VMware Fusion forums.

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And for those who like movies more, we threw together the one below to help you through the process.

Enjoy, and remember, for those of you who haven’t played around with Windows on your Mac yet because you didn’t quite see the light, this is your opportunity to join the ranks of the truly enlightened who realize that one OS per machine is so 20th century…

Download the free trial of VMware Fusion 2 or buy yourself a copy, and then get yourself the Windows 7 Beta.

Windows 7 on a Mac with VMware Fusion: Some Quick Tips

FinderScreenSnapz002.mov Lots of folks have been tweeting us at @vmwarefusion about how best to run Windows 7 on Mac in VMware Fusion

The upshot is that Windows 7 is not yet a supported guest operating system in VMware Fusion (as opposed to the more than 60 guest OSes that are supported).

However, that doesn’t mean that it can’t run at all.

Windows 7 beta, both 32-bit and 64-bit, is not supported with VMware Fusion, but many VMware product features appear to work well today including Drag and Drop, Unity, and more.  Based on commentary in our VMware Fusion forums, the best experience with Windows 7 beta with Fusion results from the following VMware settings:

– Use the Windows Server 2008 option to create your VM
– Disable 3D Acceleration (Sorry, no Aero support at this time)
– Disabled Shared Folders

We plan to support Windows 7 after it is released. 

Please share your experience in the comments below!

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