Question about installing Windows 7 ob VMWare Fusion on MacBook Pro

I see I can choose from two options when installing. One lets me share files between Windows 7 and Mac while the other runs Windows more secluded.

I will have Office 2011 on the Mac, and not Office on Windows. I will use Windows for SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio 2010, Team Foundation Server, and not much more than that save for a program or two that only runs on Windows.

My gut tells me to chose the Isolated option.

What are your suggestions?

newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I use VMware on Windows myself, but I do not isolate my machines. You never know when you might when you might want to exchange files and you can learn more when network the machines. Secure the Windows guest as if it was a real machine.
newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
I just saw a video on backing up Widows with Snapshots and I remembered the value of shared folders. So I will choose the first option.

But what do you mean by?:
> Secure the Windows guest as if it was a real machine.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Once you network a virtual machine, it has some exposure to the outside world, so userids should have good passwords and an antivirus should be installed. Microsoft Security Essentials is free and works well enough.
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newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
Why might I want to Network my  Virtual Machine? I have little need to network.

And I do have security concerns.

JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
"Shared folders" = "networking".  That is all I meant by network and not isolating. You cannot share folders with an isolated machine; you can share folders with a virtual machine on your network. The networking I speak of is internal to the host and guest machine.

If you are not using the guest machine for Internet, you should not have any security issues. I routinely install Microsoft Security Essentials just to be on the safe site.

So just to summarize, you need the first option in your first post to share folders and that is what I recommend you do.

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newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you, and I was pleased to assist. Good luck with Fusion and Virtual Machines.

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