vmware and hyperv on mac

Posted on 2014-04-23
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Last Modified: 2014-04-27
I want to setup a Virtual lab on my MAC osx machine.

about 3-4 windows operating systems.

Whats the best method - install vmware and then run the operating systems inside it?

or is there a better method?
Question by:Ikky786
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 668 total points
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You've got a few options:-

you can install the following applications on your native Mac OS X.

Oracle Virtualbox 4.0 [FREE]

Parallels Desktop 9

VMware Fusion

I actually use both Fusion and Parallels (this performs better!)

and then create virtual machines for your lab.

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by:Carl Gray
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I'd install VMware Fusion 6 and then install the OSes. If you install once and patch the VM and then sysprep it you can then copy the vm a number times, and save yourself a lot of time.

Your other options are Parallels or Virtualbox.

Also it would be worth considering if a differencing disk is possible with any of the above products to save on disk space.

Hope this helps.


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gheist earned 664 total points
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MacOSX requires 2GB RAM
Each windows expects same
If you have 10+GB you are fine, if not - go shopping...
Since virtualbox is free - try it first, it can also convert between all other virtual image formats in case you want to move away.

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