Use Mac in a Windows Environment

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Fooj, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. Fooj macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2007
    Right my work Thinkpad is getting close to needing renewal, anyway I want to ask them for a new macbook instead.

    Currently the network is very much all windows, what are the issues with putting a new macbook on the network, connecting to all shared drives, printers and email.

    I have looked round the net and cannot find anything? any ideas?

  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Lets start off somewhere simple first.

    1. Windows software
  3. BobZune macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
    You can run msWindows in a virtual machine (Parallels, VMware) and let them manage the virtual machine for you. You can manage the OS X side. This may be more palatable for your IT people.
  4. nadyne macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2004
    Mountain View, CA USA
    It depends on how your work network is set up. It's pretty much impossible to answer this question without knowing what servers your office is using for everything.

    At worst, you can always run VMWare or Boot Camp on your machine to run the Windows apps that you need.

    Start off by seeing if you can find another Mac user and asking them how well they're dealing with being on your network. If there isn't another Mac user around, then you'll need to figure out what kind of servers and other things that you'll be connecting to with a new computer.

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