Poll: How Many Use Virtualization Machine On Their MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by macNewbie02, May 17, 2012.

?

Do You Use Virtual Machine On Your MBP?

  1. No, I'm running OS X exclusively on my MBP!

    12 vote(s)
    20.7%
  2. No, but I'm using bootcamp to run Windows natively.

    5 vote(s)
    8.6%
  3. Yes, I'm running Windows on a virtual machine.

    39 vote(s)
    67.2%
  4. Yes, I'm running Linux(or other OS) on a virtual machine.

    2 vote(s)
    3.4%
  1. macNewbie02, May 17, 2012
    Last edited: May 17, 2012

    macNewbie02 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2012
    #1
    How many are there that using only OS X and how many of you run Windows on a virtual machine(using Parallels, VMWare ...)?

    P.S. If you're using both virtual machine AND bootcamp, please reply to the thread because it's not on the poll options. Thanks.
     
  2. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

    yusukeaoki

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2011
    Location:
    Tokyo, Japan
    #2
    i don't see the pole?
    But I do.

    I actually run both bootcamp and VMware Fusion.
    I run the Fusion when doing small changes and etc, but run bootcamp when Im doing processor hungry works.

    EDIT: Never mind, I see it now.
     
  3. macNewbie02 thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2012
    #3
    Cool, is it possible to install Windows only once and use it both natively and as a virtual machine? If not, how do you share files from the bootcamp Windows to the Fusion Windows - you need to mange your files twice, isn't that so?
     
  4. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

    yusukeaoki

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2011
    Location:
    Tokyo, Japan
    #4
    I installed Bootcamp first.
    And as I installed VMware Fusion, it gives you options such as
    "Install new Windows, use windows from bootcamp, or use other OS"

    I just chose use Windows from bootcamp and wala!
    All files are easily shared. You can even pull files from Mac directly to Windows.

    However, there is slight decrease in RAM and CPU power since it is a virtual machine.

    Also you can create new Windows from iso file or disk.
     
  5. macNewbie02 thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2012
    #5
    Wow, that's really neat, I didn't know they had such a great feature. :)

    BTW, do you know whether Parallels has a similar feature? (and also why don't you use Parallels instead?)
     
  6. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

    yusukeaoki

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2011
    Location:
    Tokyo, Japan
    #6
    Im sorry but no info on parallels.
    I just started off with VMware and loved it so I decided to stick with it.
    Not much reason. Its not like I hate the other.
     
  7. macNewbie02 thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2012
    #7
    Great. And are you satisfied with the virtual machine? have you exprienced any trouble with it? Does it suck the battery life when it's running in the background?

    Thanks :)
     
  8. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

    yusukeaoki

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2011
    Location:
    Tokyo, Japan
    #8
    Unfortunately yes.
    Virtual machines tend to eat more battery and get hot since its running 2 OS at the same time. (meaning more CPU power needed)

    However, I am extremely satisfied.
    Although it cant do hardcore things on VM, I still can transfer files from Mac to Windows without transferring file to USB device, restart, than to Win.

    It is a intelligent piece of device.
     
  9. AppleMacFinder macrumors 6502a

    AppleMacFinder

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2009
    #9
    If you are interested about VM performance vs Bootcamp performance,
    please look at the Parallels benchmarks I have conducted. Not bad! :cool:

    These benchmarks are a bit outdated (March 2012)
    the current results for a new version should be even better.

    The main downside is that VM eats half of your RAM,
    so it's highly recommendable to upgrade to at least 8GB of RAM.

    P.S. If someone has a benchmarks on VMWare or VirtualBox, please send me a link: I would like to compare.
     
  10. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

    yusukeaoki

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2011
    Location:
    Tokyo, Japan
    #10
    These are great detailed reports to see!
    Yeah VM is a huge RAM eater.
    Thats why I upgraded to 16GB since using 4GB/8GB was making my machine slow enough...
     
  11. macNewbie02 thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2012
    #11
    Awesome :)

    if you're a Parallels user I'll ask you:

    1. do you know whether it's possible to install Parallels from a copy of a bootcamped Windows and running the same OS from OS X & Bootcamp?

    2. what is the heat affect?

    3. what is the battery performance when using Parallels(even if only running in the background and not running anything heavy there)?
     
  12. AppleMacFinder macrumors 6502a

    AppleMacFinder

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2009
    #12
    1) No, it is not possible. You should install a new Windows, from a DVD or .iso . The migration process
    (installing system updates and programs, moving stuff, etc.) is pretty fast, could not take more than one day. Also, you will have a "fresh" system.

    2-3) Since the CPU optimization is quite good:
    :apple: the temperature increase is not big, I believe it doesn't exceed 10 C.
    :apple: the battery life is not reduced by much. maybe a hour less.
     
  13. macNewbie02 thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2012
    #13
    2-3) that's great.

    about 1) this isn't that good, because it's fine to have a "fresh" system and to take one day to set it, however, if I would need to use bootcamp also this wouldn't be the omptimal scenario because then I have to manage duplicate operating system, which isn't that fun :)
     
  14. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

    yusukeaoki

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2011
    Location:
    Tokyo, Japan
  15. macNewbie02 thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2012
    #15
    I have to admit I like this feature :)

    BTW, does VMWare Fusion has something like Coherence mode in Parallels?
     
  16. iAppleseed macrumors regular

    Joined:
    May 11, 2011
    #16
    I hate virtualization. My Mac goes slower. If the PC has a problem (not responding), force quitting the App wouldn't help. It's still taking the Mac's resources (Based on my experience with Parallels). You can't play games at Max too.
     
  17. AppleMacFinder macrumors 6502a

    AppleMacFinder

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2009
    #17
    The virtualization software was greatly improved during the last years.
    Try the new versions, and you wouldn't be disappointed :rolleyes:
     
  18. MacDawg macrumors P6

    MacDawg

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2004
    Location:
    "Between the Hedges"
    #18
    I run VMware Fusion with Win7 on my MBA with 4GB RAM
    It runs MS Office very well, along with some proprietary software for work

    Yes, Fusion has Unity mode (similar to Coherence in Parallels)
     
  19. Dhelsdon macrumors 65816

    Dhelsdon

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2010
    Location:
    Canadian Eh!
    #19
    I run Windows XP on VMWare Fusion, for work only - or modding my xbox 360.
     
  20. KohPhiPhi macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2011
    #20
    I run Windows XP via Parallels occasionally in order to use a specific software that never got released for OSX. Other than that, I'm always on OSX.
     
  21. talmy macrumors 601

    talmy

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2009
    Location:
    Oregon
    #21
    I run Windows 7 under Parallels and Ubuntu Linux under VirtualBox on my MBP. It's an i7 quad core with 8 GB RAM. However I also used virtualization on my old MB with a Core 2 Duo and 4GB RAM, and even used virtualization successfully with my first iMac which was limited to 3GB RAM. I ran, and still run, Windows 2000 VM for some "legacy" work, and this easily fits in a 1GB VM.

    Being able to use virtual machines was critical to me as I need to run several applications that are Windows only. I would still be using Windows computers full time if it were not for that capability.
     
  22. Win Mac User macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2012
    #22
    Actually it is possible. This is straight from Parallels Desktop Help:

    I use Parallels and have had absolutely no issues with it. I have 16GB ram in my MBP and so I am able to run Win 7 and XP very well. I do .NET development and also use my Windows VMs to remote into my work computer since I work from home 75% of the time.
     
  23. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2007
    #23
    Need another option:

    E) Virtualises Bootcamp partition for best of both worlds.

    VMWare + Windows 7 x64 on 2nd HDD in optical drive bay.
     
  24. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

    MagicBoy

    Joined:
    May 28, 2006
    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    #24
    +1 Concorde.

    Apps via VM within OS X for convenience.
    Games via Boot Camp for uber FPS.
     
  25. AppleMacFinder macrumors 6502a

    AppleMacFinder

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2009
    #25
    Awesome, I didn't know that! :)
     

Share This Page