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The thread Limiting CPU speed in a virtual machine offers some advice : On VMWare ESX and ESXi you can create a Resource Pool and limit the CPU Resources for that pool. This would allow you limit the CPU speed of any systems created in that Resource Pool. Settings in MS hyper-V allow to limit a virtual machine to a percent of the overall host. So if you ...


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For some reason, the auto-installed VMWare tools didn't do the job, but Ubuntu has a tool called vmware-hgfsmounter, if I installed it then I could do this: sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools sudo mkdir /mnt/hgfs sudo mount -t vmhgfs .host:/ /mnt/hgfs After running these commands, /mnt/hgfs should now contain your shares.


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Try using the vmrun utility included with VMWare Fusion. Launch the VM in Fusion and execute this command (in a Terminal window) to make vmrun can see it: /Library/Application\ Support/VMware\ Fusion/vmrun list If the problematic virtual machine shows up, run: /Library/Application\ Support/VMware\ Fusion/vmrun -T fusion stop "/path/to/.vmx" hard That ...


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EDIT The first version of instructions I posted caused conflicts with the nameserver and gateway that VMware put on vmnet8. This version corrects the issue. Software versions: MAC OS X Version 10.6.3 VMware Fusion Version 3.1.0 (261058) Ubuntu 10.04 LTS What I have done: During creation of the VM, set networking to NAT. On Linux Guest: Run ifconfig to ...


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Aha — indeed you can, as per this thread on the VMWare discussion boards about this issue, assuming: The file is a sparse disk image, and not pre-allocated. The VM does not have snapshots. In short: Erase free space on the guest OS’s disk from within the guest OS using Disk Utility, then shrink the guest OS’s disk from the host OS using ...


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I had the same problem and noticed that in the device manager, Windows believed I had a "HID-compliant touch screen". I just told Windows to disable it and the swipe tips immediately disappeared. Control Panel>Device Manager>Human Interface Devices>HID-compliant touch screen, right-click, select "Disable".


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Some parts of VMWare Tools will silently fail to install unless they can compile a kernel extension. That requires a compiler and the generic headers for the current kernel, so install those: sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r) And then run sudo vmware-config-tools.pl


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For the needs described in the article, I'd probably go with VMware Fusion. It does a really nice job of bringing Mac and Windows together, especially with the "Unity View" feature. (Granted, I haven't tried Parallels or VirtualBox, but I have the impression they're not quite as good in this.) So do evaluate it to see if it fulfills your needs well enough - ...


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Parallels has massive downsides. I would recommend Fusion (if you want to spend the money) or Virtual Box (which I haven't used but have only heard good things about). All three can do the mixing desktops thing (called Coherence Mode in Parallels and Unity View in Fusion). In practice the mode is annoying. Fusion has a great advantage in that the VMs run ...


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I've had much luck with Fusion over Parallels. Across many Macs including a various desktop and laptop configurations, my company has all moved to Fusion (much needed since we have Windows users as well). Most of us have a BootCamp setup (best for TF2, Civ4 among other things) and set up other VMs to work with on external drives. Best of both worlds. I ...


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I ran into the same problem on Vmware fusion 4 a few days ago using Ubuntu 12.04 as guest (Mac OS 10.6.8 as host). The short answer (my solution, at least) is DON'T install VMWare Fusion's supplied VMware tools; they don't work. instead, use Ubuntu apt-get (or the Synaptic user interface) to install open-vm-tools, the open source version of the vmware ...


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You can use shared folders VMWare KB Article. This doesn't need a network connection. You can just disable the network adaptor for the VM. Also you can use a host only network, which will use a virtual network between host and guest, with no connection to your ethernet or internet. An alternative way is to disable the default gateway in the vm, but that's ...


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The more ram that you can dedicate to your virtual machine the better. Even one more gig of ram dedicted to your virtual machine will make it run better. You might also want to go through the services that are running in the background of the windows installation and turn off those that are not needed as those will free up more memory for you.


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Not an Mac OS X user but I read somewhere that Finder uses base-10 nowadays. Could the difference be that du still uses base-2? 49.0 GiB * (1024^3 bytes / GB) = 52,613,349,376 bytes = 52.6 GB (the small difference is because du is rounding to the nearest GB)


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VMware Fusion comes with an app to do this; it's named VMDKMounter, and is located in /Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/. Nathan L is correct that it requires the installation of MacFUSE (which should have automatically been installed when you installed VMware Fusion). To use it, you should be able to right-click your virtual machine file, choose ...


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Even if cost is no issue I like Virtualbox because it's cross-platform. You can run your VM's on almost any other machine/OS, not just macs. I have a development VM that I bring with me on a usb drive together with installation files for virtualbox. I can have my personal environment up and running within minutes on almost any computer. I can't compare ...


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Having experienced the very, very slow performance of both VMware and Parallels, I'd probably go with Boot Camp. Granted, the experience isn't very seamless, you have to restart just to get into the other OS, but it offers the best performance possible. For me, speed is an important factor. I have to wait a few extra seconds for every task I do in the ...


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Leave it plugged into the power adapter, and set this in System Preferences -> Energy Saver. When its on battery, set it to sleep after however long you want. This might not be the exact solution you're looking for, but I don't know of any software that will automatically handle this without some kind of intervention. Apps like Caffeine or InsomniaX ...


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One workaround is to drag and drop your .vmwarevm file onto the VMDKMounter application. Another is to right click on your .vmwarevm file and choose Open With... and find the VMDKMounter application. You can find VMDKMounter.app in /Library/Application Suport/VMWare Fusion/. One last alternative is to use open from the command line. open -a ...


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It's only bogus if you've honestly done nothing to break licensing rules and/or it isn't actually WGA but instead malware trying to get you to do something. I've not seen WGA give bogus "not genuine" messages, and contacting Microsoft is the best and easiest way of solving incorrectly licensed software. As mentioned, RemoveWGA will get rid of the message, ...


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This Mac feature is called Bonjour. To enable the equivalent on Ubuntu, you need to install a package called libnss-mdns by entering this command in the Ubuntu guest machine: sudo apt-get install libnss-mdns Once the packages are installed, the feature should work instantly. The feature only works within the local network. If you are using NAT ...


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Performance is really hard to judge without knowing a lot more. Modern computers are so fast, the real limitation of virtualisation at the moment comes from hard drive I/O. I have a T9300 CPU and 4GB's of memory, I can run about 8 - 10 VMs when I do cluster testing with Linux where each VM hardly uses any I/O and I can run them without any sort of slow ...


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In variants of VMware Fusion, succeeding 3.x, the locale of vmware-vdiskmanager, as mentioned in the accepted answer is: /Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app/Contents/Library/vmware-vdiskmanager So all you need is /Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app/Contents/Library/vmware-vdiskmanager -k then go to finder, navigate to your VM, which normally is in ...


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OK here's a method but it might not work. Use a program like Super Duper or Carbon Copy Cloner. Create a VM with two hard drives, install Snow Leopard or whatever you have on one hard drive, now boot into the VM and Super Duper Clone your Lion installation you want into the second Hard drive you have, you will then be able to boot into the new Hard Drive ...


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After some research, I found that these steps resolved the issues for me. sudo apt-get install xcompmgr Then just run the following in a terminal (or whatever) that should be kept alive for the rest of your session: xcompmgr I just discovered this when blindly trying stuff from various blogs and the VirtualBox ticket. I'm having an OS X host and ...


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Yes you should be able to create a VM on your Mac and run it on Windows using VMWare Player. See this Stack Overflow question. VMware Player is free for personal non-commercial use.


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I found a couple answers elsewhere. Quoting from my first source: You may or may not want to add the location of vmrun to your default path. I chose not to as I will mostly be interacting with vmrun through shell scripts. To Launch the virtual machine named VA-LAMP.vmx which is located in the standard virtual machine directory enter the ...


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Unless you plan on giving the VM more than 4 gigs of memory, there's no need to use the 64-bit version. A 64-bit operating system can address more memory than a 32-bit operating system, but if you have less than 4 gigs available, then it doesn't matter, since a 32-bit OS can address that much. They should both give you equal performance, but some software is ...



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