Parallels and Fusion at the same time?

technocoy

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So, I own and have parallels 3.0 installed, but with the rave reviews It's getting I really want to try out VMware.

I am using my bootcamp partition with parallels.. Has anyone had both apps installed at the same time and does it work ok that way? I hate to lose all my parallels stuff just to test out VMware...

Thanks for any input!

technocoy
 

Fleetwood Mac

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VMware fracked my Parallels/BootCamp setup. It may have been my wrongdoing, but proceed with caution.

(don't run Parallels and VMware at the same time under OS X, I know that caused my MacBook to crash)
 

SupadudeX

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I have done it before with parallels 2.0 and VMWare Beta. I assume it probably still works. But dont let both access your bootcamp partition. That is just asking for trouble.
 

in-ten-city

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I have done it before with parallels 2.0 and VMWare Beta. I assume it probably still works. But dont let both access your bootcamp partition. That is just asking for trouble.
do you mean at the same time but having both vm's on your computer wont be a prob as long as theyre not running at the same time or the mere instillation and presense of both on your computer even though not running simultaneously will screw things up?
 

Fleetwood Mac

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Having both installed won't be a problem as long as only one is connected to BootCamp, and the virtualization applications are not running at the same time under OS X.
 

SupadudeX

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I ran both at the same time. I dont see why they would interfere with each other at all. They are completely separate programs and use their own resources and drivers and separate virtual hard drives. Allowing them both to access the bootcamp partition would probably be bad however.
 

Fleetwood Mac

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I ran both at the same time. I dont see why they would interfere with each other at all. They are completely separate programs and use their own resources and drivers and separate virtual hard drives. Allowing them both to access the bootcamp partition would probably be bad however.
The problem is that virtualization requires tight integration with the operating system. I'd like to leave it to an expert to explain, but the underlying methods are complex. They definitely have the potential to cause problems.

I had them both installed on my MBP at the same time, but if I tried to run them both at the same time (each using its own different virtual machine), it'd kernel panic my MBP every time.
My experience involved a complete hang of the system, but didn't yield a kernel panic. Different setups may have different results, so this is entirely possible. Is also possible that some may not cause any problems at all.

As long as you have good backups, it isn't a terrible idea to try things and see what does and what doesn't work on your system. Just keep in mind a reinstall of various operating systems/programs may result from your trials.