Dilemma: Get VMware Fusion 8 for free or pay for Parallels?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by theosib, Oct 14, 2015.

  1. theosib macrumors member

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    I got a new MBP, but I'd still like to keep using my old one too. I need to run Windows in a VM (FPGA programming software and a few other things). It turns out that I can get VMware Fusion 8 for free, but I've been using Parallels for my other VMs.

    Option 1: Keep using Parallels. That means I have to put in a purchase order to upgrade to Parallels 11 on the old one and install fresh on the new notebook. This way, I can just keep using my old VMs in addition to new ones.

    Option 2: Switch to VMware Fusion 8. I can get one free license, but I have to put in a purchase order for the second one (why is complicated). If I do this, I'll have to find a way to convert my Parallels VMs to VMware.

    Option 3: Keep using Parallels on one computer and install VMware on the other. The problem here is that I can't move VMs to an external drive and boot them on either computer.

    Can anyone give me advice on which option here to choose?
     
  2. dyn macrumors 68030

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    You can always upgrade the VMware license to a Parallels one. The VMware Fusion help has this to say about importing virtual machines from other virtualisation software:

    I'm not sure if this is up to date. Some portions of the VMware Fusion help have gotten quite out of date.
     

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