Macbook Pro - VMware Fusion

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by iHorta, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. iHorta macrumors newbie

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    Hi!

    Can the Macbook Pro 13" I5 2.4GHz with 16GB RAM and 500GB HD run well Lion and VMware Fusion with four or five virtual machines at same time (2x Windows Server 2008 R2 and 3x Windows 7, maybe Ubuntu)? Or should I buy with a quad core i7 processor? What do you think?

    Thanks!
     
  2. dhartung02 macrumors 6502

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    With that many VM's running simultaneously you are going to want as much processing power as possible. Ram too.
     
  3. DTF macrumors member

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    It's not going to run that many even with the quad-core. (at least not well at all). Each one is going to require a core and there needs to be one for the controller to run with any kind of response time.
     
  4. -tWv- macrumors 68000

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    Why are you running so many VMs?
    You're gonna need a Mac Pro to make that even usable
     
  5. cwhite02 macrumors newbie

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    All depends on what your doing with the VM's? If your just building the OS's and testing a few things then you will be fine. If on 2008 your running Exchange, sql etc then you will need more power.
     
  6. iHorta thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi, thanks for the answers.

    I'll use this Macbook Pro at work and it will replace my MBA. I'm a sysadmin and I always have Safari with a lot of tabs, Mail, Things, four Microsoft RDP and Terminal open. I use Microsoft Word, Excel, Preview and Team Viewer a lot too but they aren't always open. Others application run on servers and I use RDP to access them, so I'm ok with that.

    I want create some virtual machines for testing without being concerned about anything. I can't use VMware fusion on MBA because it has only 2 GB Ram and it is already out of memory (page outs more than 14 GB everyday). So I'm using a PC to make some tests.

    I won't run those VM's (Windows Server + W7) all the time but I'll need to use them together at some point. I'm studying for WS2008 Microsoft Exams (I am certified on WS2003) so I'll use VMware for software testing and learning purposes.

    Buying a desktop is out of question because I sometimes have to travel on business, so a laptop is the right thing for me. :D

    Thanks again!
     
  7. codymac, Jun 29, 2012
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    codymac macrumors 6502

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    You'll really need an i7 & SSD to run that many simultaneously, and 4-5 is going to be pushing it.

    I run a Linux cluster over a virtualized SAN on my early 2011 i7 MBP. 16gb and an SSD. The VMs run fine.
    :)
     
  8. dhartung02 macrumors 6502

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    Are you guys leaning towards VMWare Fusion or Parallels on the new Rmbp?
     
  9. -tWv- macrumors 68000

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    Read a comparison of the two recently( sorry can't link you ,can't remember where it was), they ran multiple benchmarks and tests and parallels performed better on almost everything. I ended up ordering parallels because it just looked like a more polished interface and had better performance. Ive used older version of both, but am anxious to see how windows performs under parallels once I receive my rMBP.
     
  10. dhartung02 macrumors 6502

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    Awesome - Post back and let us know! I plan on running a work VM from my Rmbp when it arrives. Just not sure which software to go with. Also wondering when they typically release new versions?
     
  11. brand macrumors 601

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    Your biggest bottle neck is going to be disk IO trying to do everything that you are wanting to do.
     

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