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Vmware Fusion 101: Integrating Windows and Mac

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When it comes to knowing what tech company has the largest fan base, the first and the only answer that pops up in every head is Apple. From delicate, dainty designs to extraordinary durability, Apple products are one of a kind and everyone’s first choice. Although apple users are increasing numerously we cannot forget our Windows users.

Apple products do stand out from their competitors, but we cannot ignore the fact that there are certain advantages which are held by other contestants in the market and not by Apple products.

Mac OS has an enormous market but there are a lot of people who still have their heart for Windows OS. We all know that no operating system is as user-friendly as Microsoft Windows. But we also know that every coin has two sides. If there are some positives, there ought to be some negatives too and this holds true for both Mac as well as Microsoft Windows.

There are two types of tech lovers, one who undoubtedly love Apple, its products and OS and others who love Apple but also prefer using certain applications of Windows, Linux, etc. The problem that arises is how they should go about solving this issue. Well, VMware has come up with a software called VMware Fusion that allows people to use Windows, Linux etc.on their Mac.

VMware Fusion is a software developed by VMware, a software virtualization company. It lets users run Windows and hundreds of other operating systems on a Mac, without rebooting. VMware Fusion is simple enough for home users and powerful enough for IT professionals, developers, and businesses. Whether you need to run your favorite Window apps or multiple apps simultaneously on your Mac, Vmware Fusion provides the most seamless way.

You can run more than 200 operating systems as virtual machines, including Windows XP through Windows 10 on a Mac using VMware Fusion. Nearly all programs that run on these operating systems will run with VMware Fusion. Programs can range from common productivity suites such as Microsoft Office to graphics-intensive programs such as AutoCAD or SolidWorks, as well as custom applications. Let’s try to understand the features of VMware Fusion.

VMware Fusion Features

Makes you more productive

Vmware Fusion gives you the freedom to be more productive, agile and secure. It is ideal for data center design, testing, and management as well as network design and testing.

Multiple Usage

For IT professionals, VMware Fusion is good for designing, management, and testing. For developers, VMware Fusion proves helpful for providing a highly flexible environment for multi-OS development and tests including support for DevOps and agile automation workflow integration. For business users, VMware Fusion delivers a secure and powerful corporates desktop environment.

More Powerful Graphics

Deploying Apple Metal graphics technology to its maximum capability, VMware Fusion can drive complex, GPU intensive applications and games with an improved hardware accelerated 3D graphics engine.

A complement to Boot Camp

With VMware Fusion, you don’t have to choose between Windows or Mac. VMware Fusion lets you run Windows and Mac apps side-by-side directly from your existing Boot Camp without re-installing or rebooting.

Accessibility

VMware is dedicated to supporting its customers by making VMware Fusion accessible to everyone.

Support for Windows 10 Fall 2018 Update

VMware Fusion provides full support for running the latest versions of Windows 10 as a virtual machine on your Mac.

Updated Virtual Hardware Platform

Fusion leverages the next generation vSphere hypervisor platform and brings new enhancements for data center testing and enterprise security. VMware Fusion now includes a new virtual Trusted Platform Module for supporting Microsoft Virtualization Based Security technologies such as Device Guard and Credential Guard, as well as UEFI Secure Boot and virtual NVMe devices, and adds support for 3GB vGPU configurations.

Sandboxed Experience

This lets you isolate the Mac from Windows by disabling integration features to secure and protect the operating systems from each other. VMware Fusion gives you choices that aren’t possible when carrying a second computer.

Simplified OS Installs

With VMware Fusion, you can run Windows from a Boot Camp partition, install from a Windows disc, migrate from an existing PC or even install macOS as a virtual machine from the recovery partition. VMware Fusion provides a simple yet customizable way to install multiple operating systems on your Mac.

Retina and 5K Display Ready

VMware Fusion looks great on the latest 5K iMac displays. It also supports mixed retina and non-retina setups. You can use a standard DPI display with your retina MacBook Pro or add a 4K display to your setup without hassle. No matter what sort of display you’re using, VMware Fusion makes Windows look better than ever.

VMware Fusion vs Parallels vs VirtualBox

If you need to run Windows on your Mac, there are three options available to you- VirtualBox, Parallels, and VMware. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses. Let’s compare the three of them in detail.

Ease of setup

In order to set up the VirtualBox, you need to create a virtual machine and then select the operating system you plan to run (Windows, Linux, etc). After this step, you will be required to make some changes in the system settings. Once you have all of that configured, you can install the operating system just like you would on any computer using an installation disc, USB drive, or ISO file to install from. However, VMware Fusion has a setup wizard that guides you through the process. Beyond simply installing a virtual machine, it allows you to import your Boot Camp partition if you have one, or migrate an old Windows PC to your Mac.

Parallels also comes with a setup wizard which totally simplifies the procedure. The process for setting up Parallels guides you through the installation process a lot more in detail, and you get the option to automatically optimize Parallels for productivity or gaming. Parallels is the most user-friendly and the advantage of using it is that it makes the whole procedure very plain.

Other features

Window Mode Support

All three apps feature some type of windowed mode support. This allows you to run a single Windows application in its own window on your Mac desktop, so it feels a little more like a native Mac app. This is called Unity in VMware, Parallels calls this Coherence, and VirtualBox calls it Seamless Mode. When an app is in windowed mode, you can copy and paste information between Windows and Mac apps, move and resize them, and close an app without shutting down Windows.

Parallels and VMware Fusion both allow you to open up individual Windows programs directly from the Dock, which makes the whole process very easy. VirtualBox doesn’t support this feature. Instead, you will have to open up the whole virtual machine to pick out your app of choice.

Cortana

If you’re running Windows 10, Parallels and VMware both give you access to Cortana to issue voice commands, even if Windows isn’t in focus. VirtualBox doesn’t support this.

DirectX 10

VMware Fusion and Parallels both support DirectX 10, which means they can run most games. VirtualBox doesn’t support any cool little tricks like this. Instead, it merely performs the simple task of running Windows as a whole.

Quick Look

Parallels supports OS X’s Quick Look feature in Windows, while VMware Fusion doesn’t. Conversely, if you happen to have a fancy new iMac, VMware Fusion supports 5K monitors natively. Most of this stuff is pretty minor though, and honestly, if you stripped away the logos, it would be very difficult to differentiate between Parallels and VMware Fusion.

Performance and Benchmarks

VMware Fusion outperforms the others in nearly every category, while VirtualBox is way behind its competitors. Performance margins were typically pretty close and as a whole, Parallels tends to do best in CPU-related tests whereas VMware Fusion does best in graphics-related tests. Parallels tend to boot faster than VMware Fusion, transfer files faster, and saves battery life better than VMware Fusion.

In turn, VMware Fusion benchmarks much higher for 3D graphics and for gaming, especially with OpenGL. However VirtualBox lags behind both Parallels and VMware Fusion in both CPU and 3D performance.

VMware Fusion 10

VMware Fusion 10 is known to be the easiest, fastest, and most reliable way to run Windows and other x86 based operating systems on a Mac without rebooting. VMware Fusion 10 includes improved wizards for creating new virtual machines and migrating existing systems. The new wizards not only look better, but they also operate better, as well. The new platform also supports Apple’s Metal graphics initiative, which improves performance and power consumption and helps graphically intensive programs such as AutoCAD run more smoothly.

The updated version 10 user interface simplifies accessing additional information, such as IP and MAC addresses, by placing such data within the VM Library Window. The refreshed interface also enables quick access to administrative controls and supports cutting and pasting and setting guest display resolution from within the View menu. VMware Fusion 10 adds TouchBar support to accelerate accessing commonly used controls.

In addition to supporting macOS 10.13 High Sierra, VMware’s Virtual Hardware Platform is updated to support new Windows 10 versions and updates. Fusion 10 includes new networking features, including the ability to rename virtual networks.

With the all-new REST-based API, Pro users can remotely administer VMware Fusion 10 VMs. VMware Fusion 10 Pro also adds new vSphere controls that enable shutting down, rebooting, and accessing the maintenance mode of vSphere hosts from directly within Vmware Fusion.

Other new Pro features include support for UEFI secure booting and seamless import of the vCenter Server Appliance which allows technology professionals to quickly and easily test vSphere environments. Version 10 Pro also supports Credential Guard and Device Guard Virtualization Based Security features on Windows 10 Enterprise virtual machines.

If all you need is to run Windows on a Mac, VMware Fusion 10’s basic version does that, too. Even if you’re running a single installation, Vmware Fusion is straightforward and minimizes much of the confusion that can plague VMs or the running of an additional operating system inside another.

The Bottom Line

When operating Windows on a Mac used to prove challenging, products such as VMware Fusion have greatly simplified the process. Using VMware Fusion, users can easily run their favorite Windows application on Mac. VMware Fusion is the right choice to make your business productive and secure. It is a software which is built for both work and play. It gives the power and freedom to do it all virtually on a Mac. There is no need to compromise between Windows and Mac. With VMware Fusion and its updated versions, you can use various operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, NetWare, or Solaris on your Mac.

VMware Fusion brings merely a decade of virtualization experience to the Mac platform, making it the most powerful and stable virtualization platform for Mac. Hoping this article provides the readers with important insights into VMware Fusion.

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