TM backup should exclude Fusion/Windows?

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  1. violetcrumble, Apr 17, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2012

    violetcrumble macrumors newbie

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    In the tutorial Booting Windows on the Mac, there's this note: If using time machine it should be set to NOT backup the Windows file created by Parallels Desktop or VM Ware Fusion.

    I know how to exclude a file, but where is this file? And does this mean exclude Fusion altogether or the Windows file only?

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. pdjudd macrumors 601

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    They are talking about the entire VM image.
     
  3. throAU macrumors 601

    throAU

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    Exclude any file with the extension

    .vmdk

    These files are your virtual disk images.

    Or alternatively just exclude your VMware virtual machines folder (which is what i do, but my mac is at home and i can't remember the exact folder path).

    If you don't, time machine and/or versions will be attempting to create snapshots of all your VMDK files (virtual disks) and these are BIG files.


    edit:
    don't use parallels, so can't help there, but the theory is the same. exclude the folder containing your VMs...
     
  4. tootall macrumors regular

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    Exclude ~/Documents/Parallels

    Otherwise you will have huge (incremental) backups every time you use Parallels
     
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