Mac: Converting a VMWare Fusion Virtual Machine to Parallels Desktop


I’ve been using Parallels Desktop for Mac for nearly 2 months now as my day to day virtualization platform for SharePoint development, having shifted over to Parallels from VMWare Fusion 4, I have to say I’m very happy with the experience and the pro’s I outlined in a previous post have all continued to be … Continue reading Mac: Converting a VMWare Fusion Virtual Machine to Parallels Desktop

VMWare Fusion 4 for Mac and Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac Smackdown


Let me begin by saying that I have been, and probably will continue to be a firm fan of VMWare Fusion for Mac. I’ve used it every day for the last 4 years right from version 2.0.1, for developing on the Microsoft platform, and most especially with SharePoint. It has been rock solid, reliable and … Continue reading VMWare Fusion 4 for Mac and Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac Smackdown

The Mystery of the OS X Lion Upgrade, Dockables and the Shutdown on Startup Issue


Recently upgraded my Macmini, Macbook White and Macbook Pro to OS X Lion and after fixing some installation issues caused by hard drive faults, the upgrade went without problems (ignoring the horrendous download experience). The Macmini worked perfectly, however the Macbook and Macbook Pro both had a strange fault, they would startup just fine, except … Continue reading The Mystery of the OS X Lion Upgrade, Dockables and the Shutdown on Startup Issue

VMWare Fusion 4 Tools Upgrade Fails


After installing VMWare Fusion 4, the guest operating system VMWare Tools requires updating, but after initiating the upgrade a dialog box displays saying that the upgrade cannot be completed. Further information in the message indicates that the following line should be added to the Virtual Machine’s .vmx configuration file; isolation.tools.guestInitiatedUpgrade.disable = “FALSE” Shut the Virtual … Continue reading VMWare Fusion 4 Tools Upgrade Fails