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Using VMware Fusion with Vagrant to speed software development

The Vagrant project is a popular tool for software developers to speed their development and testing efforts. The Vagrant tool enables teams of developers to share common environments and configurations using their existing collaboration tools. Linux Journal describes the problem perfectly:

“Welcome to the team! Here’s a list of 15 applications to install, the instructions are in the team room, somewhere.”

Hashicorp, a company started by Mitchell Hashimoto, one of the founders of the Vagrant project recently announced a commerical plugin that enables Vagrant to work seamlessly with VMware Fusion 5 Professional.

The number of pre-built base boxes designed for VMware Fusion is already growing fast. Getting your own software up and running using Vagrant and VMware Fusion is getting easier and easier. Much of the heavy-lifting is already taken care of using low-memory Ubuntu configurations and the Vagrant best practices. Of course Vagrant works well with configuration management tools including Puppet and Chef.

We’re excited that the power of VMware virtual machines are now available to Vagrant users with a Mac and are looking forward to future developments from the HashiCorp team.

Spread the Earth Day Cheer with Fusion Discounts

Celebrate Earth Day and go green by consolidating all your PCs into one with VMware Fusion.

A key benefit of virtualization technology is the ability to contain and consolidate the number of physical computers, which can save you money on hardware and energy costs. VMware Fusion 5 runs more than 200 operating systems as virtual machines including Windows XP through Windows 8, helping the green movement.

Contribute to a healthier planet! Save up to 20% when you buy or upgrade to Fusion 5:

This limited time offer expires April 23, 2013 11:59 pm PST.

March Mania Discount Promotion

March Mania Means Special Savings on Fusion 5 Pro!

Award-winning VMware Fusion 5 takes advantage of new technologies only available in Mountain Lion, Windows 8 and the latest Macs to deliver a Windows-on-Mac experience like no other.

Get your game on with up to 30% off when you buy or upgrade to Fusion 5.

Hurry and get your shot at the discount. Offer expires on March 22, 2013 at 11:59 PM (PST).

An abundance of threes

This week Apple announced their latest update to OS X Mountain Lion, version 10.8.3. We highly recommend that Fusion users running Mountain Lion apply this update. Not only does it come with great new features, it also includes a fix for the graphics problem that could cause some virtual machines to unexpectedly crash on certain Macs.

To coincide with the release of OS X 10.8.3 we have released VMware Fusion 5.0.3. This includes a number of important bug fixes and minor improvements including better support for Office 2013, improved cursor performance in Unity mode and support for Boot Camp partitions on 3TB drives.

To update Mountain Lion to version 10.8.3, click on: Apple Menu > Software Update…

To update VMware Fusion 5 to version 5.0.3. click on: VMware Fusion Menu > Check for Updates… or click here!

VMware Cyber Monday Sale – Savings up to 40%!

There is no better time to upgrade or buy VMware Fusion 5 than during our Cyber Monday 5-day sale!

 

Winner of the PCMag, MacWorld UK and MacFormat Editors’ choice awards, VMware Fusion 5 is the ultimate way to run Windows 8 on a Mountain Lion Mac. So buy or upgrade now and get more than 70 new features including better performance, faster graphics and Retina Display optimization.

  • Upgrade from VMware Fusion 3 & 4 or from Parallels for only $29.99!
  • Buy VMware Fusion 5 Professional and save 40%
  • Buy VMware Fusion 5 and save 20%

 

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The reviews are in. VMware Fusion 5 shines.

VMware Fusion 5 and VMware Fusion 5 Professional launched with rave reviews. Macworld, PCMag, MacFormat and many more loved the 70+ new features, including optimization for Mountain Lion, Windows 8 and the latest Macs.

We’re especially pleased with the 3 Editors’ Choice awards from MacWorld UK, MacFormat and PCMag. See for yourself what everyone’s talking about:

MacWorld UK (5 mice) – Editors’ Choice: 

“It’s not just hype when VMWare claims that Fusion 5 can run Windows software at ‘near native’ speeds.”

PCMag.com (4.5 stars) – Editors’ Choice:

“Highest performance among benchmarked desktop virtualization solutions tested.” 

MacFormat UK (5 stars) – Editors’ Choice:

“Fusion 5 is great, we liked it and can highly recommend it. It’s cheaper than Parallels and ran just as fluently during our testing.”

NetworkWorld - Gearhead rating of 5 out of 5:

“VMware’s Fusion 5 Professional Edition for OS X is a really big step up in virtual machine technology under  OS X”

MacWorld US - 4.5 mice:

 

This holiday season choose the ultimate way to run Windows on a Mac. Choose VMware Fusion 5.

 

MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Update 2.0 and VMware Fusion 5

Apple recently released an update for 2012 Macs, labeled “MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Update 2.0″ in Software Update. VMware Fusion users should refrain from applying this update. We are investigating reports that it can cause virtual machines to stop working when certain 3D applications are used.

Users who have already applied this update and are affected by this issue can work-around it by disabling the  “Accelerate 3D Graphics” option under Virtual Machine > Settings > Display.

 

 

Announcing VMware Fusion 5 packed with 70+ new features and optimized for OS X Mountain Lion

With the recent availability of Mountain Lion, new Macs and the upcoming release of Windows 8, we thought it would be the perfect time to launch a new version of VMware Fusion. Today the team is extremely excited to announce VMware Fusion 5 with over 70 new features. 

Here are some of the key features:

Designed for Mountain Lion 

VMware Fusion 5 has been designed to work on Mountain Lion and integrate to some of its key features. You can now get VMware Fusion updates directly in Mountain Lion’s notification center or search for your favorite Windows programs in Launchpad. And if you have an Apple TV, you can even use “AirPlay Mirroring” to view your Windows environment on your HDTV.

 

Optimized for Windows 8

Who said Windows 8 was for PCs? Get the most out of the new Windows 8 “Metro” UI directly on your Mac and view it in smart full-screen or in unity mode. VMware Fusion 5 has been optimized to take advantage of new Windows 8 technologies and will make you wonder why you would ever consider running Windows 8 on anything other than a Mac.

 

Approved by the Latest Macs

View Windows like you’ve never seen it before with Retina Display optimization for a crisp and detailed experience of your Windows programs. Extend your Mac’s connectivity to your Windows environment and take advantage of USB 3 support for ultra-fast file transfers in Windows 8.

 

Next Generation Performance

VMware Fusion 5 will make running Windows in a virtual environment feel nearly native. Optimizing for technologies found in the latest Macs, you can get up to 40% faster performance when rebooting Windows 7 or when resuming virtual machines. And for all the mobile users out there, you’ll be pleased to know that you can get up to 45% more battery life when running virtual machines with Fusion 5.

 

New Functionalities

VMware Fusion 5 also comes with a number of UI enhancements to make it even easier to run and manage your virtual machines. The new Virtual Machine Library has been updated with Retina Display optimized thumbnails, folders and a new “Finder style” list view which lets you see the disk space taken by each of your virtual machines. Snapshots have also been updated so you can take 1-click snapshots directly from your virtual machine window and revert in 1-click.

 

 New Embedded Learning Center

The new embedded Learning Center lets you access a wide range of videos directly from within VMware Fusion. Get access to a wide range of step-by-step easy to view videos that will help you get started with running Windows on a Mac.  Popular videos include: how to purchase and install a new copy of Windows and how to transfer your entire PC to your Mac.

 

One more thing…

With the growing adoption of Macs in professional environments, we’re really excited to announce an all new version designed for advanced users: VMware Fusion 5 Professional.  VMware Fusion 5 Professional comes loaded with advanced features such as the ability to create restricted virtual machines and create custom networks with the all new network editor.

Best of all, VMware Fusion 3 and 4 users who want to upgrade to Fusion 5 will get VMware Fusion 5 Professional for the price of the standard edition!

So upgrade to VMware Fusion 5 today and get the best way to run Windows on a Mac.

Note that if you purchased VMware Fusion 4 on or after Mountain Lion was released on July 25th 2012, you are eligible for a complimentary upgrade to the next version of VMware Fusion. Click here for more information about this upgrade program.

To buy a copy of VMware Fusion 5 click here.

To try VMware Fusion 5 click here.

If you would like to learn more about VMware Fusion 5 and VMware Fusion 5 Professional click here

Buy VMware Fusion 4 today and get the next version for free!

You'll be pleased to know that if you purchase VMware Fusion 4 from July 25th through September 30th 2012, you are eligible for a complimentary upgrade to the next version of VMware Fusion.

Whether VMware Fusion 4 is purchased electronically from VMware, from a VMware reseller or as a retail box during this time period, you will be eligible for a free electronic upgrade to the next version of VMware Fusion.

We will provide more details on how to receive your free upgrade with the announcement of the next version of VMware Fusion.

When will the next version of VMware Fusion be announced? Stay tuned!

Until then, enjoy VMware Fusion 4.

If you have questions about running VMware Fusion 4 on Mountain Lion, please click here.

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VMware Fusion and OS X Mountain Lion FAQ (Updated)

VMware Fusion 4.1.3 works with OS X Mountain Lion made generally available today. We’ve been fielding a number of questions from current users about using VMware Fusion with Mountain Lion and have compiled the answers to common questions below. You’re also welcome to leave additional questions in the comments below.

 

Does VMware Fusion 4 work with Mountain Lion?

Yes, the latest version of VMware Fusion 4, version 4.1.3 works with Mountain Lion and is signed with our Developer ID. This makes VMware Fusion 4.1.3 compatible with Gatekeeper, a feature enabled by default in Mountain Lion.

 

What should I do before upgrading to Mountain Lion?

Ensure your copy of VMware Fusion 4 is up-to-date using VMware Fusion > Check for Updates. VMware Fusion 4.1.3 is the latest available version at the time of writing.

 

I upgraded to Mountain Lion and now VMware Fusion 4 won’t start. What happened?

Mountain Lion appears to detect some older versions of VMware Fusion 4 and prevent them from launching. To resolve this issue, login to http://my.vmware.com/ (free product registration required) and download VMware Fusion 4.1.3. It can be found under “Products & Downloads > All Downloads > VMware Fusion”

 

Does VMware Fusion 3 work with Mountain Lion?

No. VMware Fusion 3 was released in October 2009 and was optimized for Mac OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard.  VMware Fusion 3 is no longer being updated for newer versions of Mac OS. Customers wishing to run VMware Fusion on Mountain Lion should use VMware Fusion 4. A free 30-day trial is available for current VMware Fusion 3 users. The trial can be found here: http://www.vmware.com/go/tryfusion

 **Update

You'll be pleased to know that if you purchase VMware Fusion 4 from July 25th through September 30th 2012, you are eligible for a complimentary upgrade to the next version of VMware Fusion. For more info click here.