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Is anyone who is running a Windows 7 VM on a new 2011 i5 Macbook Air (I have the 13" w/128 SSD) able to put their Macbook air to sleep for extended periods of time (like overnight) without manually shutting down or suspending a VM that's running in Parallels, VMware Fusion or VirtualBox?

I've tried all three virtualization products with no success. With all three, if I forget to manually shutdown or suspend the VM, OSX reboots when I try and wake the Macbook. Same goes if I try and use the Deep Sleep widget. Parallels support openly admitted that this was an issue and thankfully gave me a refund. I've also tried the trial version of VMware and VirtualBox, but the behavior is the same.

Should I just give up or is anyone out there having more success at this?

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fyi i can confirm the problem in VMWare.

I also have the 2011 13" Macbook air i7, and i'm running Lion 10.7.3 with VMWare Fusion 4.1.1 (purchased/full version). Inside the VM i am running Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64bit.

Clicking the deep sleep widget for me also results in a crashed VM... (starting it up again Windows asks for safe mode startup).

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