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Instant Getting Started with VMware Fusion

By : Michael Roy
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Instant Getting Started with VMware Fusion

By: Michael Roy

Overview of this book

Running Windows on your Mac can seem complicated, but this book will make things easy by showing you how to get the most out of VMware Fusion. Having a virtual copy of Windows on your Mac can let you make a secure backup of your files and run Windows applications, which makes your computer more versatile. This book will show you how to start running Windows on your Mac, with practical examples of how to keep your Virtual Machine secure, backed up, and running smoothly. You will learn about the new features of VMware Fusion 6 and where to get help and support for the software when you need it. This book will walk you through what you need to know to safely and securely run Windows on your Mac. It then proceeds to show you how to upgrade to Windows 8, and shows you how you can seamlessly switch between Windows 7 and Windows 8 using snapshots. Next, it covers all that you need to know to safely and securely run Windows on a Mac computer with Intel processors. You will also learn how to manage your Virtual Machine backups and keep your VM safe. The recipes in this book will give you a helpful head start in getting the most out of VMware Fusion 6.
Table of Contents (8 chapters)


Welcome to Instant Getting Started with VMware Fusion. In this short e-book, we'll get up-to-date with what's new in VMware Fusion 5, and learn how to install Windows 8 or 8.1 as a virtual machine in just a few steps. We'll not only explore how to migrate your existing PC and applications, but also how to manage backups and ensure the security of your virtual machines. Finally, we'll even learn about some new advanced features in Fusion Professional Edition, and how to get help when you need it.

What this book covers

Installing Windows 7 and upgrading to Windows 8 (Simple), demonstrates how to install Windows 8 as a new virtual machine. We'll illustrate the process of using a Windows 7 trial download and upgrading it to a fully licensed copy of Windows 8, and even upgrading it to 8.1. We'll also touch on the role of VMware Tools and also how and when to install it. We'll also show you how to plan ahead to run both Windows 7 and Windows 8 at the same time using snapshots, or linked clones with Fusion 6 Professional.

Keeping your old PC alive! (Intermediate), shows you the steps to make a complete clone of your existing PC in VMware Fusion, and discusses some of the things to consider when doing this.

Much ado about snapshots (Intermediate), shows you VMware Fusion's amazing feature called snapshots, which allows you to roll the virtual machine back in time. We'll show you how to use this to make one virtual machine with both Windows 7 and Windows 8. Pretty cool right?

Keeping Your VM and Your Data safe (Simple), shows you that VMware Fusion does not come with a backup utility, so it's in the hands of users to manage their backups effectively. Here, we'll discuss considerations that should be made when taking backups, how Time Machine can get in the way and how to avoid problems with it, and how to use and manage snapshots. Finally, we'll show you how you can encrypt your virtual machines to increase the security of your virtual machine.

Printing from Windows – how easy it is! (Simple), shows that printing through a virtual machine on Mac is not always a straightforward process. This recipe shows you multiple ways to perform the task with ease.

Network adapters – what's the difference? (Simple), shows you how VMware has developed a virtual network adapter, which allows users to customize the networks in their virtual machines to a greater extent. This recipe shows you how to use it.

Connecting peripherals to Windows – bringing the outside world in! (Simple), teaches you to use the USB pass-through to connect almost any USB device that the Mac detects to your virtual machine.

Dedicating an external keyboard exclusively to Windows (Advanced), extends on the previous one, teaching you how to connect an external keyboard to your computer that can be used exclusively for controlling Windows within the virtual machine.

"I'm stuck, now what?" (Simple), explains where to get more information on VMware Fusion, where to go when you need help, and how to connect with a whole community of VMware Fusion users.

What you need for this book

To complete the tasks outlined in this book, you'll need the following:

  • An Apple Macintosh computer with VMware Fusion 6 installed

  • 4 GB of RAM (8 GB or more is recommended for best performance)

  • 35 GB of hard disk space to complete the installation alone

  • A recommended 50 GB of free space to accommodate the VM's natural growth

  • Valid licenses and operating system installation media (disk or disk image) for Windows 7 and/or Windows 8/8.1

Who this book is for

If you are new to the Mac platform but still need to use Windows, or if you are a long-time Mac user who needs multiple operating systems for development or testing, then this is the book for you. If you are a beginner, you will benefit from an explanation on how to make things perform well, and if you are an advanced user, you will learn some interesting tricks that will help you get the most out of your virtual machines.


In this book, you will find a number of styles of text that distinguish between different kinds of information. Here are some examples of these styles, and an explanation of their meaning.

A block of code is set as follows:

usb.generic.allowHID = "TRUE"
usb.generic.allowLastHID = "TRUE"

New terms and important words are shown in bold. Words that you see on the screen, in menus or dialog boxes for example, appear in the text like this: "clicking on the Next button moves you to the next screen."


Warnings or important notes appear in a box like this.

In some screens, I use Text Only in the toolbar to save space. You can enable this by right-clicking on the toolbar in your Fusion window (where you see the Suspend, Snapshots, and Devices icons) and select Text Only.

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