VMWare Fusion 4 questions

AppleDApp

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I checked out the system requirements for Vmware fusion 4:

VMware Fusion 4 - System Requirements

The minimum system requirements for installing and using VMware Fusion 4 are:

Any 64-*‐bit capable Intel® Mac. (Compatible with Core 2 Duo, Xeon, i3, i5, i7 processors or better)
Minimum 2GB of RAM (4GB or more recommended)
750MB free disk space for VMware Fusion and at least 5GB for each virtual machine
Mac OS X 10.6.7 or later; OS X Lion recommended

Operating system installation media (disk or disk image) for virtual machines

NOTE: You must have enough memory to run Mac OS X, plus the memory required for each guest operating system and for applications on the Mac and in the virtual machine. For most people, 4 GB will provide a great experience when running Windows XP and Windows 7. See your guest operating system and application documentation for their memory requirements.

Recommended graphics hardware for Windows Aero support:
NVIDIA 8600M or better
ATI 2600 or better
I have a 2010 MBP core 2 Duo 4gb of RAM, I'm running lion I've got plenty of hard drive space and running VMWare is sluggish.

What would be the ideal specs to run VMware properly?
 

ashman70

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I would upgrade to 8GB of RAM, that ought to give you plenty of memory to use for your VM.
 

numidian

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I checked out the system requirements for Vmware fusion 4:



I have a 2010 MBP core 2 Duo 4gb of RAM, I'm running lion I've got plenty of hard drive space and running VMWare is sluggish.

What would be the ideal specs to run VMware properly?
I know this is an old post but I thought I would add that I have exactly the same MBP and was running VMWare rather sluggishly. I just picked up 8gb ram the other day and I can't begin to tell you how HUGE a difference it makes when running a virtual machine.

I would definitely recommend the upgrade.
 

Ccrew

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Fast drive, lots of memory. Bigger the VM it has to go to disc for it.

Windows 7 you really don't need to bump the VM specs either. For the most part inside Fusion 1 proc and 1gb of mem is more than sufficient, adding more can frequently actually slow performance as it changes the way memory is paged.
 

AppleDApp

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I have exactly the same MBP and was running VMWare rather sluggishly. I just picked up 8gb ram the other day and I can't begin to tell you how HUGE a difference it makes when running a virtual machine.

I would definitely recommend the upgrade.
Fast drive, lots of memory. Bigger the VM it has to go to disc for it.

Windows 7 you really don't need to bump the VM specs either. For the most part inside Fusion 1 proc and 1gb of mem is more than sufficient, adding more can frequently actually slow performance as it changes the way memory is paged.
These post seem rather contradicting themselves.
 

Dark Dragoon

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These post seem rather contradicting themselves.
Not really.

You basically want as much physical RAM as possible, as you don't want the computer to run out of physical RAM causing it to swap out to the hard drive.

With the virtual machine you want to minimise the amount of RAM assigned/available to it, as making a large mount of RAM available even if the physical RAM is free can slow it down.