how to use Bootcamp WITH vmFusion?

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  1. whistler222 macrumors 6502

    Nov 8, 2007
    I want to install osx on one drive, and windows vista on another harddrive for the mac pro that's arriving.

    question.. with bootcamp, i can now boot into the separate harddrives, and corresponding OS.

    how does fusion combine these two? and to "drag and drop" files between the two operating systems, would i be then dropping files in between hard drives?

    pls advise?
  2. Komiksulo macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2008
    When you start Fusion, it presents a list of virtual machines and their "guest OSes" that are available to run. If you have Windows on a Boot Camp partition, it is included among the VMs that are available. You just select it and hit Run. :)

    Drag and drop between the guest OS and Mac OS X works if you have "VMWare Tools" installed on the guest OS. There will be an "Install VMWare Tools" item in the Virtual Machine menu if VMWare Tools is available for that guest OS.

    For Windows, selecting Install VMWare Tools starts an installer program in Windows. For Linux, it mounts a disk image in the VM and you have to perform the installation yourself.

    When you drag a file from a Boot Camp Windows desktop to the Mac OS X desktop, VMWare copies the file from the Windows desktop directory to the OS X desktop directory. Furthermore, with a VM running Linux open, I can drag and drop files from OS X to the Linux desktop.

    Right now I have two VMs open, one running Ubuntu Linux and the other running my Boot Camp installation of Windows, and I can drag and drop from OS X to both. I can't drag and drop directly from Windows to Linux though. It looks like Fusion needs to go through OS X.

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