Programming to Linux or Win7 VM on MBP

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by duggram, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. duggram macrumors 6502


    Apr 17, 2008
    Can I write applications on my Mac that will communicate with applications on a Linux or Win7 VM running on the same Mac?

    For example I would like to have my applications on the Mac hit a database or Web server in a different OS in a VM running on the same computer. If this is possible can you also recommend any resources on getting this done?

    At the present time I have a new MBP and a ’08. On the new MBP I already have Win7 running in Fusion VM. When I access the shared folders on my Mac side from within Win7, Explorer says I’m doing so over a network connection. This gives me the idea that there is some way to get this done without having to use the ’08. Being able to develop on a single computer would make it easy to work on trips (I travel each week) because I wouldn’t have to lug two computers around.

  2. lee1210 macrumors 68040


    Jan 10, 2005
    Dallas, TX
    You should be able to access VMs from the host OS and vice versa via a network connection. As such, the interaction between these machines should be the same as if they were separate physical machines.

    Your question does lack some details. You should be able to run a DB or webserver just as well on OS X as you can on Linux or Windows. If you have a specific need for IIS on windows I guess that would be an exception, but otherwise it seems like your OS X host OS should be able to do what you need without VMs.

  3. ehoui macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2011
    Yes and it is a property of VMs which make them incredibly useful for software development and testing.

    I used to run the following configuration to demo/test a large enterprise system:

    Mac Pro:
    - VM 1: Windows 2008, Oracle DB
    - VM 2: Windows 2008 or Linux: J2EE Application Server
    - VM 3: Windows XP: Windows IE Client
    - Safari: Mac Client (i.e, not VM).
    - Oracle DB connector (to query the database)

    Of course, that Mac Pro had 8 physical and 16 virtual cores and 16GB of RAM (or was it more)? That was a fun machine.
  4. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    descending into the Maelström
    I have my own fond memories of sitting in front of an 8-core Mac Pro, casually toasting marshmallows.
  5. willieva macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2010
    You can have the mac talk to the vm's, and the vm's can talk to each other. It's like having your own little portable testbed.

    If you have the vm's using NAT to connect to the host then it's also possible to assign ip addresses based on mac address of your vm's. Then no matter what network you're on you'll be able to find the vm's at the same ip address each time. Or even by hostname if you want to add entries to /etc/hosts.

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