Use VMware Virtual Machine for Boot Camp?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by maclook, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. maclook macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    Can you boot from a virtual machine (windows) made with vmware? i heard it was possible to use a bootcamp partition in vmware so i assume it would work vice versa...if anyone knows how can you tell me thanks!
  2. dws90 macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008
    No, it does not work in reverse. VMware can virtualize a Boot Camp installation, but you cannot boot from a virtual machine.
  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    As said above, you can't boot from a VM but. If you have a VM made with Fusion on a Mac you CAN run that VM on "bare metal" using one of VMware's enterprise versions. It is not quite the same as directly booting the VM but then there is no OS running under your VM either.

    That is the best feature of VMware, Your VM made on a Mac can run under Linux or "whatever". The VM's are portable. I use this feature all the time. I keep a VM on an external disk and can run it at work on a high end Linux system using VM Workstation or at home using Fusion.

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