VMWare 4 out now

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  1. DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

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    Was wondering if anyone had checked it out? Looks like now it supports Lion; I'm mainly interested in it for Win7 x64 Ultimate; but if I can have a VM of Lion as well, why not, right?

    I'm going to compare it against Parallels 7 and see which performs better.
     
  2. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    I have it and its working fine. There are some confirmed bugs with using Lion Server which sort of sucks for me because there is no workaround. I run 1x Windows 7, 1x 10.7 Workstation and 1x 10.7 Server VMs at all times.
     
  3. squeakr macrumors 68000

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    There are some threads on this forum about it (I found them in a search) and some people have loaded and are using. I am wondering about the performance gains myself and interested in your findings. I would like to see if it is lighter on resources than 3 is, and am itching to pull the trigger and purchase.
     
  4. Pentad macrumors 6502a

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    I know the feeling and I pulled the trigger last night. No problems so far. :)
     
  5. jgz macrumors regular

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    Someone can share some experiences of parallels7 vs. fusion 4 ?
     
  6. ct2k7 macrumors 603

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    I am using it to house my Windows 8 install. So far, so good - no major issues noted.
     
  7. squeakr macrumors 68000

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    So are you finding it lighter on resources (not that the prior was a hog)? When running some of my software for work (windows only software, hence the need for fusion), it hits the cpu pretty hard and keeps the processor higher in temps and the fans higher in speeds. Have you noticed it might be friendly to the system in that regard???

    I am not really interested in Parallells comparisons as my company uses VMWare throughout, so it is nice to be able to swap images with them.
     
  8. DWBurke811 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    :D

    Getting me some Windoze 8 as we speak :apple: errr, I mean type..
     
  9. ct2k7 macrumors 603

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    hehe :D

    Parallels offers better performance overall, at the expense of more resource usage on both host and guest.
     
  10. ztrafe macrumors member

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    VMWare Fusion 4 is working better for me. I think some applications work better on Parallels and some applications work better on Fusion.

    Visual Studio work much better in VMWare Fusion for example. The Windows index Score are also much higher in Fusion.
     
  11. ct2k7 macrumors 603

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    I haven't checked my Index Scores - however, at least you can install the tools for the virtualising software from VMware.
     
  12. itegypt macrumors 6502

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    did you upgrade from 3 or you did clean install? Thx


     
  13. ztrafe macrumors member

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    ... parallels has better Direct X support, VM Ware Fusion 4 doesn't render all texture, lighting etc. but the performance and framerate is better on the most game that Fusion can render correctly.
     
  14. DWBurke811 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    i'm liking VM4 more than Parallels, a lot more. and I love that my HDD performance index is 7.8 :)


    I'm also rocking some freshh Win8 x64.

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  15. Phil A. Moderator

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    Here's a comparison of index scores with Fusion 3.x and Fusion 4.x - it's the same VM upgraded to 4.x running on a Core i3 iMac (mid 2010) with 8GB ram (2GB allocated to the VM).
    VM is 32 bit Windows 7 Professional

    The first attachment is the score under 4.x and the second is the old scores that were generated under 3.x

    As you can see, there is a 0.1 increase in gaming graphics, but everything else is identical

    It's hardly scientific and not exactly an earth-shattering improvement, but an improvement nonetheless

    The thing that interests me most about Fusion 4 is the claim that auto-protect snapshots are "time machine friendly" - I've not found any info on how to set that up though
     

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  16. ct2k7 macrumors 603

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    Do we have any Parallels Desktop 7 comparisons?

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    I don't play games in my VM, so it should't really affect me.
     
  17. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    Upgrade from 2011 Beta (which was unofficial VMWare 4).
     
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    then I probably use parallels for rhino3d (3D CAD) ?
     
  20. BiggAW macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, I'd be curious to know, as last I heard, Parallels was a lot faster. Parallels also just introduced a new version.
     
  21. gooch3265 macrumors member

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    I bought Fusion 3 last year which included 12 months of updates.

    Bit pissed that I don't get a discount on Fusion 4 - will cost me the same as a first-time customer.

    Bet Fusion 3 doesn't gets few updates from hereon in.
     
  22. MikhailT macrumors 601

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    You're entitled to a free upgrade, they just haven't opened it to us yet. Supposed to be ready by 9/19 at their License Portal.
     
  23. gooch3265 macrumors member

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    True it seems - thanks Mikhail for pointing this out:)
     
  24. fingerman macrumors member

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    Another thanks from me for pointing this out :)
     
  25. Ledgem macrumors 65816

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    In light of the steep upgrade price, I'm currently sticking with Fusion 3 and may wait for it to be discounted. Does Fusion 4 offer better performance than Fusion 3 overall, particularly in resuming and suspending virtual machines?
     

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