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Take Control of VMware Fusion 2
Nov 13, 2008
The Author

Joe Kissell has written more than 50 books about the Mac, including many popular Take Control ebooks. He runs Joe On Tech and is also a contributing editor of TidBITS and a senior contributor to Macworld.

Take Control of VMware Fusion 2

Use Windows on your Mac effectively by taking advantage of the full power of VMware Fusion 2!

Now that modern Macs use Intel processors, you can run Windows on your Mac without slowdowns or tradeoffs, and with the benefit of configuration snapshots, multiple installations, and the capability to mix Windows and Mac applications. In this book by cross-platform expert Joe Kissell, you’ll learn how best to install and use Windows in the virtualization environment created by VMware Fusion 2.

Fusion 3 user? Download Take Control of VMware Fusion 3 for free.

More Info

After introducing you to a few basic concepts, the ebook offers advice for mixing Fusion and Boot Camp, and notes the hardware and software you’ll need. Then you’ll find steps for installing Windows for use in Fusion in these scenarios:

  • When installing a new copy of Windows XP or Windows Vista
  • From an already-installed copy of Windows under Boot Camp, VMware Fusion 1.x, Parallels Desktop, Virtual PC, or an actual PC
  • From a slipstream disc that contains Windows plus service packs, updates, drivers, and settings
  • On the MacBook Air, which lacks an internal optical drive
  • With Mac OS X Leopard Server as a guest operating system
  • For running a virtual appliance that encapsulates both an operating system and a ready-to-run application

Next, you’ll learn how to work with Windows in a Fusion virtual machine, with key details like how to remap mouse buttons, simulate missing keys, set keyboard shortcuts, switch display modes, and work with external devices. Other topics covered include:

  • Pros and cons of different ways of using Boot Camp and Fusion
  • Configuring Fusion’s Settings window to get the most out of the software
  • Real-world advice for smart ways to make Windows and Mac environments simultaneously available on the same computer
  • Options for sharing files between your Windows and Mac environments
  • Keeping your copy of Windows secure, backed up, and updated
  • The basics of working with Fusion from the command line for advanced users

Thanks to the tech reviewers at VMware who gave readily of their time, helping us to create a richly detailed and useful ebook.

Special questions you’ll find answers to include these:

  • How do I keep my Windows installation in its own screen in Spaces?
  • What’s the best way to configure the Processors setting to give Windows multiple processors without hobbling my Mac?
  • Where do I find drivers for proprietary Apple hardware like the iSight, Apple Remote, and Bluetooth transceiver?
  • Which Boot Camp driver should I disable?
  • What are my options for right-clicking in Windows?
  • What should I do if Windows refuses to shut down or restart?
  • Help! My mouse pointer keeps disappearing when I’m running Windows in Fusion. What should I do?
  • How do I press the all-important Control-Alt-Delete key combo in Fusion?
  • How do I make the Windows Desktop disappear so my Windows apps appear to run like Mac apps?
  • How do I tell Windows which Web browser to open Web URLs in?
  • What’s a virtual appliance and how would I use one in Fusion?
  • What are common parameters for vmrun, the command-line utility that controls Fusion?

Do you have any ebooks that cover how to run Windows just in Boot Camp or with Parallels Desktop?

Yes, we do. See Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac. This ebook looks at the overall problem of wanting to successfully run Windows on an Intel-based Mac and it covers several common solutions.

Where is the coupon for 10% off on VMware Fusion 2?


p>After you buy the ebook and download it, you’ll have a PDF on your computer. You’ll find the coupon on the last page of the PDF.

Update Plans

October 2009 – We have no plans to update this Fusion 2 edition, but Take Control of VMware Fusion 3 is available for free, thanks to sponsorship from VMware.

Posted by Adam Engst

  1. How Does VMware Fusion 3 Compare to Parallels 6?

    Fusion’s main competition for Windows emmulation on a Mac, Parallels Desktop, was recently updated to version 6. Here’s what Joe has to say about the update, and about how Fusion now compares to Parallels Desktop:

    Parallels Desktop 6 includes a long list of performance enhancements and interface improvements. The company claims it’s significantly faster than Parallels 5, especially with 3D graphics, while offering improved battery life when used on laptops. Parallels 6 also supports 64-bit virtual machines and Surround Sound 5.1.

    Along with many smaller tweaks, such as improved keyboard shortcuts and added support for trackpad gestures, Parallels has retooled Crystal mode (which hides virtually all of the Parallels user interface), making it an extension for Coherence (windows from Windows side-by-side with windows from Mac OS X) rather than an independent mode. This update also improves Boot Camp support (for example, you can now suspend a Boot Camp virtual machine), makes it easier to back up virtual machines using Time Machine, and enhances the process of importing Windows installations from competing virtualization applications. And, Parallels now offers a companion iPhone/iPad app for accessing a virtual machine running on your Mac from a portable device.

    VMware Fusion is currently at version 3.1.1. Interestingly, Parallels 6 turns out to have addressed many of the same things Fusion 3.1 did. That is, Fusion 3.1 increased performance (especially for graphics) dramatically, improved the integration between Mac OS X and virtual machines, added support for 8-way SMP, improved importing from other environments, and offered better Boot Camp support.

    Now, both VMware and Parallels claim to have benchmark tests proving that their software is faster than the other guy’s. And I’m sure that, depending on what sort of test scenario one concocts, the numbers can work out in a variety of ways. But my advice remains as it always has been: take performance benchmarks with a grain of salt. Both programs are very, very fast—for the work I do in Windows, I have the impression of native speed either way. If I were a hardcore gamer spending a lot of time in the latest bleeding-edge 3D games, I might care about an extra percentage point here or there, but for my needs (and I suspect most people’s), either one is perfectly fine from a performance standpoint. If you’re trying to choose between them, it comes down to which set of bells and whistles, which feature set, and which combination of interface niceties floats your boat—and you may, of course, also have opinions about price, support, and other peripheral issues. My own preference has shifted back and forth a few times, but believe me when I say that for 95 percent of users, it really doesn’t matter! Pick either one and I’m sure you’ll be happy with it.

    Posted by Tonya Engst (Permalink)

  2. Joe Talks about Running Windows on a Mac

    In MacVoices #1005, author Joe Kissell rounds up his latest recommendations for how to best run Windows on a Mac. In recent months, Microsoft shipped Windows 7, VMware shipped Fusion 3, and Parallels shipped Parallels Desktop 5, so there’s a lot to talk about. The podcast episode corresponds with the release of the fourth edition of Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac.

    Posted by Tonya Engst (Permalink)

  3. Joe Discusses VMware Fusion 3

    In MacVoices # 8134, you can listen and learn about Fusion 3 as author Joe Kissell chats with podcast host Chuck Joiner about using Fusion to run Windows on your Mac. This podcast coincides with the release of Take Control of VMware Fusion 3, which is available for download at no charge, thanks to a sponsorship from VMware.

    Posted by Tonya Engst (Permalink)

  4. Joe Talks about VMware Fusion 3

    In MacVoices # 8134, you can listen and learn about Fusion 3 as author Joe Kissell chats with podcast host Chuck Joiner about various aspects of using Fusion to run Windows on your Mac. This podcast coincides with the release of Take Control of VMware Fusion 3, which is available for download at no charge, thanks to a sponsorship from VMware.

    Posted by Tonya Engst (Permalink)

  5. Team Fusion Blog Has Tips, Printing Advice

    The Team Fusion blog, part of the VMware Web site, has just begun running a series of short excerpts from this ebook. If you’re a fan of Fusion and want to learn some tips (including handling driverless printing not working after applying a recent Apple security update), I recommend the blog.

    Posted by Tonya Engst (Permalink)

  6. Joe Kissell at MacWorld Expo on MacVoices TV

    Wondering what author Joe Kissell is like in real life? Joe gave 11 presentations at Macworld Expo last month, so some of you surely met him in person then, but if you didn’t, or for whatever reason, you can see him now on MacVoicesTV. Chuck Joiner from MacVoices caught up with Joe at Macworld Expo. You can watch (or listen) to their conversation, and learn about the types of Windows users that Joe encountered at the Expo. You can also learn Joe’s age, and what hardware caught his eye at the Expo.

    Posted by Tonya Engst (Permalink)