Running multiple virtual machines on Mac at the same time

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  1. sdjensen macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I am looking for a virtualization software for OSX that will allow me to run at least 2 virtual machines at the same time. I currently have VMWare Fusion, but I can only have one virtual machine running at the time. Is this possible with parallels?

    Kind Regards,
    Søren
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    VMWare Fusion can run two VMs simultaneously.
    I have one Windows 7 VM and one OS X 10.9 Mavericks VM running right now, in VMWare Fusion, and another Windows 7 VM running in Parallels Desktop:
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    Here is what VMWare Fusion shows, when two VMs are running under the Window menu bar item:
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  3. adam9c1 macrumors 65816

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  4. Sirobin macrumors 6502

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    I can do four at once, and I’m sure I could do more if I had any set up. It should only be limited by how powerful your computer is.

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  5. Statedx7 macrumors newbie

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    I found VMware Fusion really bloated and sluggish... Currently i use VirtualBox and run about 5/6 Virtual Machines on my 2010 Mbp :)

    I recommend VirtualBox to everyone because it just performs better than VMware Workstation / Fusion and its FREE :eek:

    https://www.virtualbox.org
     
  6. adam9c1 macrumors 65816

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    Can you export Fusion VMs into Virtual Box?
    Can you do snapshots in Virtual Box?
    Can you import Virtual Box VMs into Fusion?
     
  7. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    I use Parallels to run Windows and can run multiple VMs at the same time. Just started up XP and 7 at the same time with no problem.
     
  8. Kasalic macrumors regular

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    In answer to the original question, yes you can run more than 1, I have run Server 2012 and 2 windows 7 clients in a test lab scenario on a Late 2011 MBP with 16Gb of ram. I can run 4 but that's when it starts to slow down a bit.

    In our business we use VMWare, Parallels and Virtual box. I personally prefer VMWare to Parallels, and find Virtual Box to be slightly less 'polished' than the two paid for products, and subjectively, the performance is not quite as good, however it is perfectly capable.
     
  9. thasan macrumors 6502a

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    VMware is awful waste of money. It forces my mbp fan to run like crazy sometimes for no reason. Parallel was nice ... But i didnt buy their last annual upgrade :( should try virtual box then.. :)
     
  10. droo macrumors member

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    I have run 8 VM's on my mac with VMware fusion, bit chuggy loading them but works ok :)

    secret is 16gb ram and thunderbolt SSD to run them off.

    Droo
     
  11. jwsadler macrumors newbie

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    I'm running latest version of parallels on a Mac Pro (late 2013) with 32GB RAM. I'm finding that switching between VMs is an issue. It seems to be sluggish and in order to get the keyboard to take the correct context I have to click on a mac OS window first. I'm only running two VMs.

    Any thoughts?
     
  12. dyn macrumors 68030

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    Don't franticly assign cpu/cores and memory to the vm, use the defaults first and upgrade in baby steps. Also do install the VMware Tools/Guest Additions/etc. because it will enable additional options, improve performance and make sure the clock is correct.
     

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