Virtual Machine.

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by JamesP., Jul 11, 2012.

  1. JamesP. macrumors regular

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    Hey,

    I have lion os x on my 2011 MBP.


    I would lke to create a virtual machine to install some software,

    Cisco packet tracer to be precise and other such softwares.

    Im wondering if anyone can recommend the best way to get a VM to run windows just for this software, any info would be great.

    Also would it be possible run a VM through a USB or External HD.
     
  2. 3bs macrumors 603

    3bs

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    I only recently started using a VM so I'm not very knowledgable in this area. I'm using Parallels to run Windows 7 and I love it! you can run Windows programs as if they were Mac apps via the coherence feature. I definitely recommend looking into Parallels and maybe some youtube videos to have an idea of how it works.
     
  3. JamesP. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Another Irishman :D

    K, i had look at that software, looks really good, might buy it if or when can afford it, Looks very handy.
     
  4. area5x1 macrumors newbie

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    If you value stability over speed, VMWare Fusion 4 is a cheaper (and imo better for non-gaming tasks) alternative to Parallels.

    In any case I'll support whichever virtualization software gets Retina support first.
     
  5. drsox macrumors 65816

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    Don't forget there is a free one also - VirtualBox from Oracle. Works fine with Win7, Ubuntu. Worth a look.

    Parallels seems to be having a never ending sale. I've seen two promotions in the last month offering a discounted price for a download. Look at the periodic Mac software bundles that are advertised. You will get Parallels for 35 - 50 in place of the 80 list price.
     
  6. 3bs macrumors 603

    3bs

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    Yeah I got it as part of a bundle.
     

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