Parallels - multi-user, same VM?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by plutnicki, Mar 19, 2007.

  1. plutnicki macrumors regular

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    Jul 7, 2003
    #1
    Just installed Parallels this weekend with Win XP Home SP2. Works great, actually very simple to get running and working. Very little effort. However, I installed it into my home directory by mistake, and I want both the users of my laptop (Macbook) to have access to it. I copied the /Library/Parallels directory to the Users/Shared directory (copy, not move, I still have the original directory in my Library). I launched Parallels from my account and pointed it to that directory as the default for Virtual Machines.

    However, when I launch Parallels from the other account, it wants me to install a new Virtual Machine. I can't go to preferences to see if I can force it to point to the VM I already created.

    Any thoughts. So far, Parallels has only returned a .pdf that says to do exactly what I did, without much else in the way of help.

    Hopefully I'm missing something simple.
     
  2. DaYC-Ent macrumors newbie

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    Oct 28, 2003
    Location:
    Norfolk, VA, USA
    #2
    here's what I did.

    - Logged in as Primary user:
    - Install Parallels in directory of choice
    - Install XP or OS of choice (I put mine in the Parallels folder)
    - Install Mac drivers
    - close XP and Parallels
    - Get Info on the main Parallels folder
    - change permissions to Read & Write for Group and Others
    Logout, and login under other user... XP should load up without even a question.

    I was pulling my hair out last night trying to get it to work without 4 different VM's, but figured it out at work, (i moved something i shouldn't have, which kept it all from working... :rolleyes: ) but just got it to work and not even a flinch, it booted right up with the other users.

    Good luck!!!
     

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