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Why VMWare Fusion is a Lifesaver (Virtually Speaking of Course)

February 4, 2013

By way of introduction to this topic, I should disclose that I have been a user of VMware Fusion since v3.0 (3.02 to be specific). I started using the product roughly four years ago when I worked at VMware running partner services in the West.

My reasons for running the software on my home Mac were:

1. Setting up several flavors of UNIX and Linux to “fiddle about” testing things like Eucalyptus’ cloud offering as well as work on my command line skills.

2. Setting up several flavors of Windows so that I could take some distance learning/live on-line training classes through VMW Education as well as to support a few dedicated Windows gaming environments for my two sons.

I just upgraded to Fusion v5 on my home computer over the weekend (I have been using v5 on my work macbook pro for since summer 2012) and I have to say this is by far the most seamless and painless upgrade I have been through (for any software product) ever.

The disk image (.dmg file) was @453mb but downloaded in less than 3 minutes. Once downloaded, the disk image mounted flawlessly. After mounting, I simply double-clicked the VMW Fusion icon, clicked a few checkboxes (license agreement, etc.) and “voila!” my work was done.

All my previously saved virtual machines from the older version of Fusion automatically transitioned to Fusion v5. (see below)

Fusion 5 VM Library


Of course, I was not surprised by the migration of the vm’s to the new version -I actually expected this. It’s just very reassuring that all the work that went into building those vm’s (particularly 64bit Solaris 10) was not lost. Thank you VMware.

Also important was the fact that all my virtual machine guest OS preferences, settings and applications were intact. This was a huge relief in terms of my sons’ games; some of which only work on a particular flavor of Windows. If I had to re-install all the games on each of the various Windows vm’s, I would have probably punted the whole project.

Now, with Fusion 5’s simplicity of administration, I can delegate future upgrades as well as guest OS (and game application) administration to my oldest son who at 16 is starting to get serious about computing technology. Another win IMHO.

In summary:

1. VMware Fusion v5 is a breeze to upgrade/install.

2. Guest OS vm’s remain intact following the upgrade. Major win for me!

3. Fusion just works! I have been a user of Fusion for over 3 years (since v3.02) and in that time, I have never had a problem with anything related to the Fusion product itself. My biggest challenge is not having NAS, or SAN storage at home currently, so I have had to delete/archive some virtual machines to save space on local storage. This is not Fusion’s problem.

Thanks for reading.