VMware Fusion 3 Versus Parallels Desktop 6 for MAC
Let me set the proper stage. I have been using Parallels Desktop on my MacBook Pro for a very long time. I also used Parallels Desktop on my Previous MacBook Pro for a very long time. I also use Parallels Desktop on my IMac computer at work for a very long time. Over All I was quite happy with Parallels Desktop for a very long time. About a year ago, I decided to install Windows 7 on Paralells Desktop Edition for Mac. It has never worked correctly. Let me say that again, it has never worked correctly. I was never able to get Paralells Desktopn 6 to fully integrate when running Windows 7 Enterprise in a shared manner with my Mac. I found this very disappointing.
My Choices As I Saw It
1. Continue to use Parallels Desktop running windows 7 in a non-shared manner with the MAC operating system. This took away one the functionaloty I liked most which was the complete integration of the two operating systems. Otherwise I might as well just run boot camp and dual boot my machine.
2. Continue to use Parallels Desktop running Windows 7 in a shared manner but accepts that it gives me errors at start up. Know something is wrong and deal with the issues cuased by this when Murphy's Law strikes. Accept I am having limited integration with the native O/S. This to me was unacceptable. I have work to do, and the tool that is suppose to be an enabler, should not be making this harder.
3. Continue to use Windows XP. Which worked quite well and has worked well for a number of years.
I decided to continue using Parallels Desktop on the Mac running the Windows XP operating system. I was not happy about this but it worked. It got the Job done. Yes I was settling for less. So this must lead you to the conclusion, is my blog article done, or is there more to this story.
Lesson: Never Settle For Less
We should never settle for less. It never leads to any good. Imagine Mankind if we never dreamed for more and just settled for less. So let me tell you what events happened to make me consider wanting to change from Paralells Desktop 6 a tool I have been using for a very long time to the competition. As they say made me switch over to the dark side.
Was My MacBook Pro Beefy Enough
Since I had tried to create a fully functional Windows 7 Enterrpise edition on Paralell's 6 I noticed my MacBook Pro getting slower and slower.
My Machine has a 2.66 GHZ Intel Core I7 with 8 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 of ram. 1 Processor and 2 cores.
The point is my machine could easily handle a second operating system running under Paralells Desktop 6. Yet each time I attempted to do just that, I was constantly waiting. It just did not make sense. I was getting the dreaded wait from my MacBook Pro.
Even if I shut down Paralells Desktop completely down my MacBook Pro was still slow. No matter what I tried to do, the computer was telling me to wait. It could not handle all the requests. Given Paralells Desktop was completely shutdown it made me think the two events were un-related. I had had enough and I decided I had to figure out what was causing this issue.
After much investigation I find out there is a run away CPU issue caused by the latest release of Parallels Desktop. This really irked me the wrong way.
Paralell's Know's How Spam You Constantly, Its A Shame Customer Support Does Not Know How To Reach Out To You
Given how many emails I receive from Paralells, Inc trying to sell me an upgrade I had already purchased, I was sure they knew how to contact me when there was a serious bug. I had taken the time to register my products online. Given the severitiy of this bug, I would have expected them to reach out to their user community. This was effecting the overall quality of my computer.
The problem when away with a few minor changes to how Paralells Desktop was setup. This was as they say the straw that broke the camels back.
I had had enough. I am a huge fan of VMware. When it comes to deploying mission critcal appliactions in a virtualized environment, VMware is the clear winner. It's my Database of Choice for running Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server.
So I decided to bite the bullet and deploy VMware Fusion on my MacBook Pro.
From the very start it was a very smooth installation process. It had no issues dealing with Windows 7 Enterprise. What a nice change from Paralells Desktop.
The only thing I wish they could have done better was dealing with McAfee VirusScan. As you can see from the image, McAfee is already installed on my machine but it keeps asking me. I wish it were smart enough to auto-detect this. In there defense I have not chosen the Dont Show Again option.
This is a really minor item.
One of the things I really like about Paralells Desktop was running the product in Coherence mode. There is where the two O/S are highly integrated.
So I was worried when I switched over the VMware Fusion I would loose this capabilty. Here is what the Paralells Desktop ;ooks like when running in Coherence mode.
The example I am showing is using Windows XP. Remember I was never able to get Windows 7 Enterprise edition to work correctly in a seamless manner. It still on my Machine, and one of these days I will remove it.
VMware Fusion has Unity mode. Which gives you a really nice seamless integration between the two operating systems. Here is a an example of VMware Unity being used:
In this example, you also see the McAfee icon. It shows up on the Mac docking area. Even though its a Windows 7 program its fully integrated on the Desktop. Very Nice !
VMware also makes better use of the desktop space. At first Pass it's a better integration. The combination of VMware being able to run WIndows 7 Enterprise correctly and also Unity mode, in my opinion blows Paralells Desktop latest and greatest away. I wish I had made the switch a while ago.
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