What is the best VMFusion Config For My Mac Mini Server 2010

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by cis4life, Jul 25, 2010.

  1. cis4life macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2008

    I picked up a new Mac Mini Server 2010. So that part is complete. I'm a software engineer that want ( 1 ) dev machine / server for all my development and it will store my source code. Of course the server will be backed up with TM AND Super Duper.

    I develop Mac and PC software, So I need an environment for windows and mac. I can do this with VMWare Fusion of course. The thing is, I'll be using this as a remote server. I have an iMac, Macbook Pro, and iPad that I would like to keep as vanilla as possible (in regards to my dev tools, such as adobe suites, and Visual Studio and so on), and have ALL my tools on my dev machine (the mac mini server) that I can access anywhere in the world to work on code, make updates, and so on.

    Most of you all know the current Mac Mini Server Config, so I won't go through that, but what will you recommend for settings such as Ram and so on so that both environments can run 24/7 and not suck and come to a slow crawl. I'm a software guy, and though I know hardware very well, I would like to hear from those who are using their mini boxes in a similar fashion I would like to use mine for.

    Thanks In Advance
  2. LeicaMan111 macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2010
  3. DannySmurf macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2005
    Don't hijack. His question had nothing whatsoever to do with VM software preference.

    cis4life: I have a similar setup. I give the Windows VM 2GB of RAM, one CPU core and 128MB of video memory. I find that adequate to develop with. If you're going to remote into the machine to work, I'd suggest making sure that you can remote directly to the VM (remoting into the host and then working inside a VM through that connection doesn't strike me as a great idea).
  4. cis4life thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2008
    I agree, I'll be remotely directly into the VM through Remote Desktop.

    I know I didn't ask about VM Software Perferance, but which VM software do you use. Parrells or VMWare, and why? I currently have VMWare Fusion, but have been looking at Parrells and if it's truly better?

  5. DannySmurf macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2005
    I find the two very similar, and I don't prefer either over the other. I actually use VirtualBox, since it's free and does probably 90% of what the commercial packages do.
  6. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    The only reason I use Fusion is so that I can migrate to another VMware product, should the need arise. I'm familiar with VMware as well, so that's a double bonus. Any of the products is sufficient.

    Be careful how you select your cores as well. I have found some applications don't run well with multiple virtual cores. VMware has a KB article about it:


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