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Fine and Performing Arts Recruiting Specialist
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"Functional But Not User Friendly"

What do you like best?

The biggest thing is that it allows the user a completely immersed experience within the virtual machine. For example, we run a version of Windows 10 through VMWare off of a Mac, and it's as if there were only the PC functioning on that window. For functions that need to be done on a PC (we use an old recruiting software), it's very helpful to have an entire virtual machine to run off of rather than just the program (like through Microsoft RD).

Another plus is that documents can be dragged easily (most of the time) between the PC desktop and the Mac desktop, so that interface is relatively seamless.

What do you dislike?

There are a number of downsides. The biggest is the strain on the computer's power and processing. The program is hefty, and that is felt across the board on the computer. Additionally, the combination of VMWare and EMAS Recruitment Pro is inefficient, as EMAS needs to be restarted constantly when the user navigates out of VMWare for too long. That could be specific to that particular combination, but I have not had the same problem with other, similar software.

Additionally, the network connection isn't consistent and I constantly have to change back and forth between the sources.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I'm sure it's an excellent solution for many. Our particular use of it and the combination of VMWare with EMAS Recruitment Pro., however, has not been ideal. The strain on the Mac is just one of those issues.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our recruiting software needs to run off of a PC or a PC substitute (on a Mac), and VMWare offers a way to do that. It's handy because switching off between the VMWare Windows application to an actual PC machine running Windows isn't a problem. And, of course, we can do our job because it runs the necessary software.

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"All you need to make professional level virtuals labs"

What do you like best?

VMware Fusion gives methe posibility of test any configuration, software, systems updates, and more, without even touch the production enviroment, right from my Mac.

It feel is very well integrated with the Mac Operative System, and if you have a good configuration of ram and disk in your Mac, you can be sure that you will have a production virtual enviroment solution in your personal computer.

I can create real powerful virtuals machines in a fly, with not complication, with just a few clicks and i have my virtual machine ready to work and do some testing.

With VMware Fusion i do a lot of testing of posible features that i could deploy on my enterprise network without even use the resources of my network, once the testing is finish, i can quickly connect to any of my ESXi host and upload the machine any host, or test the new configurations or features on the production enviroment.

I`m able to virtualize almost any operative system and even cloning my own mac in just a few steps.

What do you dislike?

Right now there`s nothing that i dislike from VMware Fusion, maybe the price, but for that price you will get a powerful tool that will save you a lot of work.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Just try it, you won't regret it, because worth the price you pay for it.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

VMware fusion is helping me to do a test of everything without risk of make any service or services unavailable on my network.

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"VMWare Fusion: A suitable solution for platform specific software"

What do you like best?

I liked that I could swipe back and forth between my screens on my Mac to access PC-only programs, like Articulate Storyline. Copy/Paste generally worked well. I could access all my computer's files from it.

What do you dislike?

It takes up a huge amount of space and would "suspend" if I was going over bandwidth and interrupt my work. I'd clear up the requested amount of space and it still wouldn't work. Also encountered a glitch where sometimes I couldn't access Internet from the Windows application even though my Mac was connected just fine. Resetting the network wouldn't always fix it and often would have to reboot the whole system to hopefully fix it. Copy/Paste was also inconsistent.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

No specific recommendations

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Articulate Storyline which is only available on PC. So we purchased Fusion so we could remain on our Macs. We've recently purchased actual PC computers, though, and use a program called Synergy to run both computers with the same mouse and keyboard, and I can remote desktop into it from my Mac. This presents new inconveniences but solves the problems I mentioned above.

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"Great for virtual Windows machines!"

What do you like best?

I like that I can use Fusion to create both temporary and permanent VMs (using either the Windows Trial licenses for temporary or a full paid license for a permanent machine), so it's great to use the free trials for when I only need a temporary machine to test software for a few weeks at a time.

What do you dislike?

There's not too much to dislike! I do find that the fan tends to run louder on my MacBook when the Fusion VM is active, but then again, that could be because I haven't cleaned the dust out in about 3 years...

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Fusion to spin up temporary Windows VMs whenever I need to do software testing with software that may or may not be compatible with programs already on my main Windows computer. I also use it to keep a permanent Windows 10 Professional VM that I use as a complete backup of my main working computer, which completely saved me a few months ago when my main computer had a hardware failure that prevented me from using it for about 6 weeks. Thanks to the Fusion VM, I was able to keep working during that period with no loss of continuity!

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"Gives you access to Windows programs inside your mac"

What do you like best?

I don't need another Computer or do dual booting to run Windows in my MacBook, I open fusion, and inside fusion, I run the Windows applications I need, simple as that. Visio and Publisher run as it does on my windows laptop.

What do you dislike?

The CPU utilization is high and the computer gets hot, but that happens with every VM software, driver emulation for external hardware not connected to the Mac is not there yet

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It's a little expensive for home use but if your company pays for a MacBook is a small price anyway in comparison. With this you have MacOSX + Windows applications, go for it.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can use Windows-only applications in my Mac, for example, Publisher and Visio and they work as they do natively.

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"Good Virtualization Software"

What do you like best?

I was using VirtualBox on my Mac for virtualization and it felt very outdated and slow, lagging the system every now and then. Switched over Fusion and it worked like a charm, everything was easy and quick, being able to use Windows programs at full speed on my mac is a great help.

What do you dislike?

Copying over from the local machine to the main machine can be a bit irritating, I feel like that is one sphere they could do better. Also although much better priced than Parallels I still think it's a tad bit overpriced.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you're looking to run Windows apps on your mac, Fusion is the way to go, although I'd recommend using the trial version first which makes it easier for you get value for your money.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to use Windows programs side by side on Mac has been a lifesaver, I can basically run all the software I need on one machine, platform independent.

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"Much easier than VirtualBox, but not cheap."

What do you like best?

VMWARE Fusion is extremely easy to use and customize. We use it to setup various Linux VMs on new generation Macbook Pros and even on the dual-core models (quad-core is usually recommended when running VMs), Fusion 10 Pro is extremely fast. I especially like the full screen mode and the compatibility with many of the native drivers on the MacBook pro. It is extremely easy to configure Fusion to work with many local components, such as the webcam, bluetooth and USB-C inputs. Extremely easy migrations as well. On the 15in macbook pros, GPU performance and integration within fusion is substantially better than previous models.

What do you dislike?

Software is expensive with Fusion 10 Pro costing $160. Can be a bit sluggish when you have multiple VMs at once, but that is mostly a limitation of the hardware.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

VirtualBox is free and may be enough if you don't need or cannot afford the simplicity and benefits of Fusion. On the other hand, Parallels is much easier to use than Fusion, but you are severely limited with customization.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We develop software primarily on macs and many of the open source programs we use are only compatible with linux. We use Fusion to create quick and easy VMs that allows us to take advantage of these programs.

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"Great product, easy to use, no complaints"

What do you like best?

I use VMWare Fusion to run Windows 7 Pro side by side my Mac OS on my Macbook Pro. It allows me to have both OS's running simultaneously and all I have to do is use a multi-finger swipe to switch screens. It's also nice that it doesn't affect my machine's performance either. My MacOS still runs just like it would without a VM running simultaneously, and I don't have to partition as much RAM or HDD space to the windows machine as I would've thought initially!

What do you dislike?

It was a little bit difficult to set up on the front end. If the set up (specifically, in my instance, of a virtual machine running Windows 7 Pro) could be easier and more user friendly that would be great. It was a little bit cumbersome and took me 2 tries to get it set up.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Use it! It's worth it and it works really well.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helps me run two OS's simultaneously. This allows me to be able to work with our Windows users as well as our Mac Users, while still running and primarily using MacOS which I prefer for my work. I can run windows-only apps, I can troubleshoot problems from a MacOS and WindowsOS standpoint as well. The best part is I don't have to log out or close my MacOS to do any of that. A simple swipe to the right lets me access my Windows machine and move forward.

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"Great if you want specific task to do in different operating system "

What do you like best?

I will start from the beginning, the installation itself is very smooth. i am using macBook Pro 2018 and it took me 30 -35 mins to install it on the system . also the sharing functionality helps a lot where all of my files from the mac imported to the VM machine and i can access it from there . also whenever i make any change it reflect on the both the platform.

What do you dislike?

The main thing i dislike the most is it slows down the whole system. I am using macbook pro and it still slows down to that machine . But other than that i can not see any downside of the fusion .

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This is the best software in the market if you want to try many operating systems at a same time. also it is very user friendly so you need not have any prior skills to use it .

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

If you are looking to run 2 or more operating system for development and testing it will be the best software for you . just be sure your system should fulfill the minimum requirements of the system hardware and software

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"Excellent computer virtualization software"

What do you like best?

Simple to use.

Easy to configure the machine options.

Runs various systems (windows, mac and Linux) as virtual computers. Means you only need one physical device to be able to perform multiple tests and checks.

VMware tools replace various windows drivers to make the system performance very good.

What do you dislike?

Uses a lot of RAM to run the VMs.

Each VM uses a lot of disk space especially if you install lots of applications in the VM.

The more processes in VM you run the slower the VM will become less responsive.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Excellent virtualization tool. Easy to use and configure.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In our support department when a customer logs an issue with a particular system we can use the VM's to test on those system without needing a physical computer for each system.

If a customer has less RAM we can easily change the RAM to perform a similar test.

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"A must have if you use MacOSX"

What do you like best?

Some software is just not available for MacOSX and that's life, with fusion you don't need to suffer by not having it or get another PC or OS to have it available.

What do you dislike?

Great software but driver emulation still not there yet, hope someday it will :)

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I tried al other virtualization softwares out there, not worth it, stick with this even if it isn't free.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using a Windows virtual machine to run apps that are not available on MacOSX

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"Easy to Use, Great for Testing Software"

What do you like best?

What I like best about VMWare Fusion are the feature rich capabilities and support for different operating systems. Fusion works seamless with Mac and the ability to configure guest operating systems is easy with support for screen resolution and local file system access after installing VMWare Fusion tools on the guest operating system. Take snapshots of operating system images is easy with the ability to annotate. Bridged, NAT and direct network configuration options are also helpful when connecting virtual machines to one another. The ability to do drag and drop is also helpful between the host and guest operating systems.

What do you dislike?

What I dislike is that sometimes there are compatibility issues when multiple users on a workstation are sharing the same virtual machine using different local accounts. If VMWare could improve the synching, that would be helpful and welcome.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

My recommendation to others considering Fusion is to use the trial edition first before deciding on a final product for your organization. Updates to VMWare Fusion are regularly released so ensuring that your copy is up-to-date is easy since a check is performed every time you use it.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The business problems we are trying to solve with Fusion is software and web application testing. The benefits we have realized are the rapid testing environment and the ease of use of testing web applications. Having the ability to roll back to a previous state is extremely helpful and has reduced testing time.

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"Best Virtualization platform for Mac"

What do you like best?

Support for nearly all Windows versions is excellent, integration is nearly seamless and the Pro version makes managing ESX environments a snap! The ability to upload a VM to an ESX host is especially helpful for moving a test system in to production. The speed and responsiveness of the guest OSes with minimal resource allocation is impressive.

What do you dislike?

Need to purchase every major version upgrade as maintenance in not readily available.When switching between full screens the resolution reverts if it was changed making switching between the host and guest OS a bit annoying.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you need to run Windows on a Mac Fusion is by far the best app for the job. It works incredibly well and offers excellent hardware sharing.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

You're able to manage a Windows and VMware server environment without needing to maintain a physical Windows workstation. This is ideal for organizations that need to support both Mac and Windows workstations.

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"Easy and fast to use"

What do you like best?

Great to run apps that are not available on a Mac. Unfortunately, I have to use software that isn't available on My favorite OS, so with VMWare fusion, I don't need to swap machines or OS to open a vsdx, just wait for 1 minute and open it in a virtual machine

What do you dislike?

The performance is not as great as running the apps natively but the difference is not as big, so not really a big issue

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It's better than having to use another machine, the small price to pay is well worth it.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Virtualization of other OS to have non native apps available on my machine

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"Just the best virtualization software for MACOSX"

What do you like best?

Works and integrates really well with Windows and Linux hosts, drag and drop two-way funcionality including cut and paste words and urls. You can run several VMs in your machine as long as your hardware is good enough to support it.

What do you dislike?

Setting up a new virtual machine, specially if it's a flavor of Windows can take hours. And setting up a separate network card is not trivial.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Download VMWare tools as soon as you set up a new machine if you are planninf to use it for a long term, that will make your life easier later on.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Windows and Linux virtualization.

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"It's like having windows installed over a Mac"

What do you like best?

I can run all my windows programs directly on my mac, no need to change computers to run a windows only program like Visio. I can suspend it with click and continue later exactly where I left it without needing to start the virtual machine again.

What do you dislike?

When you suspend a VM for a lot of time for some reason the clock is not synced for a few minutes

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Buy it, the price tag gets shrinked when you consider that it will generate a lot more revenue in the long or even the short term

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using windows apps in my mac

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"My impressions"

What do you like best?

One of the things that impressed me most in this wonderful application was the fact of allowing MAC to have almost all the functionalities of a virtual machine manager in Windows.

What do you dislike?

What I did not like so much is that the visual part I see a little old or at least can improve.

Additionally, on some occasions we have reported failures when executing an ISO image, thus having to configure or alter the configuration of the application so that it works correctly

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It really is very fun to use and it is very good to use it in companies that require technicians making prubeas and other issues related to these

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is very good to implement small environments for software testing.

In addition this application has benefited us to the preparation of our technicians at the level of software implementation through the practice in vm fusion

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"very fast, technical interface, a bridge between OSes and cheaper pricing but requires higher RAM!!!"

What do you like best?

1. VMware Fusion is very fast and reported the highest benchmark ranking.

2. More of a technical interface rather than the attractive looks of Parallels.

3. I didn't notice any performance difference between Fusion and Parallels while running a VM of Windows 8.

4. Allows you to run your Windows programs within OS X.

5. Solid integration between the two operating systems, including conveniences one would expect like clipboard sharing, drag-and-drop, the ability to launch Windows programs from the dock, etc. Easy to share files between the two.

6. Handy wizard lets you migrate your existing PC over to a virtual machine for use inside of VMware Fusion, which can be great for new Mac converts who are still nervous about leaving Windows behind.

7. Pricing is also cheaper than Parallels, and for personal (non-commercial) users, the license extends to however many Macs you own.

8. The ability to run and test out multiple Operating Systems and tools from one workstation.

What do you dislike?

1. Doesn't look nearly as good as Parallels.

2. Performance is solid, but still somewhat reduced by the virtualization of the guest OS.

3. Requires plenty of RAM, and since newer Macs cannot be upgraded, make sure you plan ahead in this department when buying hardware. Also, you will need a Windows operating system license, which will raise the cost of this solution.

4. Resource limitations to run some multiple Operating Systems can be too intense for a basic workstation.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

1. If you are a light user just looking to virtualize Windows, get Parallels.

2. It's a tough call between Parallels and Fusion but in my experience Fusion is a tad more stable and easier to use but both products are excellent. Checkout the list of features and there are some unique features for each product.

3. Just be wary when deploying this to a group, administration of this software in on a user by user basis. There is no central management as in VDI or VCenter which makes administration more tedious.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

1. The development team being supported needed ways to test out different version of java, browsers, etc before they deployed their builds. Fusion allowed the Mac users to test on their workstation also.

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"Makes Using Windows-Only Programs A Lot Easier For This Mac User"

What do you like best?

Being able to use Windows-only programs right on my Mac without having to break out a PC. Speeds up workflows a lot!

I use this to test websites on IE on my mac and also used it for BingAds editor for a long time until they just recently finally came out with a mac version.

What do you dislike?

Copy and paste between my main machine and my virtual machine is spotty. Does hog a lot of resources when I'm running on my Macbook Air, slowing down my computer.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you have software that is windows-only and want to make it compatible with your mac, this is does the job perfectly! Looked into other options and this is like actually having two computers in one. The price doesn't set you back too badly either.

You will need to shell out for a windows license to make this work.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I first started using this so that I didn't have to break out a different computer each time I wanted to use BingAds editor. I've also found it is helpful in testing sites on IE right from my mac.

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"A must-have for a developer and everyday user"

What do you like best?

As a Mac user, I often encounter have to open Windows programs that are not available for Mac. VMware fusion works perfectly, without occupying much of the resources. It launches fast and integrates well with the current system, allowing to copy and paste documents and text between the host and virtual machine. I personally tried every OS there is with VMware and have not encountered any compatibility issues.

What do you dislike?

I often run background tasks in my virtual machine and it would be nice to be able to lock it with password protection.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I recommend on not assigning to much RAM and CPU to your virtual machine if you are not going to perform any intensive tasks in it. This way your host and virtual machine will run smoothly

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I often need to open files that business partners send me in applications that are only available for Windows (for example CorelDRAW, 3DsMax etc.). My Windows virtual machine launches in VMware Fusion within minutes without interrupting my workflow, so I don't need to reboot my Mac and boot into Windows. Thats saves a lot of time for me, so I can view a document within couple of minutes, quit VMware Fusion and get back to what I was doing before.

Also, when I develop a new website, I check the final product in different operating systems and in different browsers. And all of that is done within minutes. So VMware Fusion is definitely a timesaver.

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"Virtual Machines on the fast"

What do you like best?

VMWare Fusion is a fast way for me to set up Windows VMs on my Macbook - yeah, there are situations where one just cannot do without MS Windows. It allows for easy copying the machines, which basically behave like any ole Windows computer.

A very nice tool is the seamless integration of Windows applications into the Mac Desktop. Also the good integration into the host's file system is very valuable.

Lastly, the VM acts like an additional computer, which in some situations facilitates being on different networks.

What do you dislike?

I find the sales integration with the Antivirus software annoying. Just make it part of the product. Sometimes I wished to have multiple VMs active at the same time.

Reconfiguration of an existing VM could be made a bit simpler (e.g. changing no of cores, amount of RAM, HDD space dedicated to VM)

Recommendations to others considering the product:

don't be shy with the hardware of the planned host computer. The better the merrier. I run it on an early 2011 Macbook Pro with a 512 GB SSD, 8 MB of 1333 MHz DDR3 RAM and 2 GHz Intel Core i7. You should not have less, especially RAM.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

There are some situations (especially when I am working with clients) where I just need to use a Windows machine, be it because they do not like Macs in their network or plainly because the SAP GUI for Windows works far better than the Java or web ui versions. Some off the shelf software (e.g. the old accounting software that I use) needs Windows, too.

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"Works well, useful"

What do you like best?

Pretty easy to use. But Parallels Desktop beats VMWare Fusion on features, setup and the fact it can inherit an existing bootcamp win partition.

What do you dislike?

Compared to Parallels Desktop, with Fusion it's WAY harder to install Windows and there's a lot more setup to do it seems. I have both, but just use Parallels now, so have currently no Win installs on Fusion.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Look at Parallels also, one great feature, Parallels can inherit a virtual machine from Bootcamp, so you can run (the same copy of) win natively if software problems arise and need diagnosis. That's far easier with virualisation out of the picture

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Good to be able to run Win on a Mac for client support sessions

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"I Live in VMware Fusion All Day"

What do you like best?

I like that I can run Windows 7 on my Mac, without losing the integrity of the Windows installation. Aside from that, the real winner is that I can control the backup schedule (snapshots), which is really important when running Windows. I keep a clean installation, but when things do go poorly I can restore a recent snapshot and I am back up and running within minutes. A top-tier feature.

What do you dislike?

The Mac has a hard time staying cool and devoting real power to the VM, but that is to be expected when running both at once. I use a MacBook with 3 additional screens and that really wreaks havoc for Windows, or VMware - not sure which one is the point of failure. The general rule is: don't close the laptop or enter sleep mode without first suspending the VM. Also, do not change the number of screens while the VM is running because it panics and locks you into one screen across all available screens, until rebooting the VM.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It just works. I've never had a problem with it that was the result of the software.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able to perform the duties of two classes of work on the same machine: graphics on the Mac (because I am most familiar with design on a Mac), and project management on Windows (because MS Office is far superior on Windows than macOS).

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"Great Option for running Windows on my Mac"

What do you like best?

Overall, I like the ease of use of VMware (I'm currently using version 7). It was a quick and easy install and getting a virtual machine up and running took very little time. A few of the specific settings were frustrating (see the "What do you dislike" section). The ability to have my Windows software running side by side with my Mac software makes my workflow as productive as possible. I also was very happy with Technical Support and the speed with which the communicated when I had questions or issues.

What do you dislike?

A few of the settings were difficult to get figured out, such as network and printer settings. It seems like it should have been easier to get my wireless printer to be recognized by VMware. I have my Mac set up on a wired network, but also a wireless for printing, and I could only get VMware to recognize one of those connections at a time.

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I think it is a great option for anyone wishing to be able to use the Windows and Mac operating systems side by side on the same machine. I considered a few different options, and am very happy I chose VMware Fusion. The cost of the product is well within what I considered reasonable for the benefits I get from it.

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It's a huge benefit having the ability to run all the software that I need on one machine. Before, I had to keep a Windows PC as well as a Mac to be able to do everything my job requires. Being able to use a dual monitor setup gives me my two operating systems side by side on the same machine, with no extra space wasted!

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"Best Virtualization Software"

What do you like best?

It's very plug-and-play, You only need the installation of the OS you want to implement and you are up and running. It's also nice to sandbox within another copy of your own OS if you have the memory and disk space, which can be nice for a variety of applications including development and security. Also there are a lot of small uses that make having two machines in one box great, the like ability to have the newest version of iTunes on my main machine but being able to download and unzip apps using iTunes on the VM. Also, the unified clipboard feature is very nice.

What do you dislike?

It is a bit large and the files it creates are not portable, and does not play well with dropbox. In short, this might be a good application if you are using it yourself but it does not play well with others. I'd like to see that change over time. Also whenever I connect the third USB monitor on my MacBook, f a vm is running it totally crashes the system, which is not a great experience.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It's hard to really recommend anything because it's very easy to get started. I do recommend giving your VMs more RAM than they recommend, being selective with which folders the VM sees unless you trust it 100%, and always backing up your VMs. Also, remember to clear out disk space both in the VM and reclaiming space in the general settings menu. Look for more VMs than just 'windows' on a mac or vice versa; you can also virtualize an android tablet, and may of the same features work.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I virtualize a windows environment because I require a lot of tools for my job that are windows only, including OriginLab. The only way to hook the editable graph export to Word feature is by virtualizing an entire system. In addition, I use it for meeting software that sometimes other scientists may need, as I don't want bloatware/malware on my main machine; I am very selective with the files it has access to.

Also I was able to run a version of the Android tablet software and run an otherwise mobile-platform-specific app without needing to pull out my iPhone to run the software, which is extremely convenient.

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"Quite basic virtualization tool for mac users"

What do you like best?

Fairly nice interface, and straightforward controls. Allows USB-porting to the virtual machine, which can be a bit of a hassle in other programs I've encountered.

What do you dislike?

It has a steep learning curve, but it isn't too much of a problem if you're not doing anything too complicated.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It does what you expect from a virtual machine, allowing MAC users to run different versions of Windows, or Linux distributions, which is not an unusual need for software development aimed at running on any operating system.

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"Flexible and well-supported desktop virtualization environment"

What do you like best?

VMware Fusion offers the flexibility and compatibility of the VMware environment in a fast and usable OS X wrapper, and with solid OS X integration for supported guest operating systems.

It's a well-crafted product, and the developer community offers somewhat broader driver support for VMware than they do for its major competitor, Oracle's VirtualBox.

VMware Fusion is definitely a desktop user-oriented product, and shows a clear developer focus on Windows guests, with quick, integrated access to apps in Windows VMs available through Fusion's OS X menu bar application.

What do you dislike?

VMware Fusion's preference interface, while slightly more "Mac-like" in appearance than VirtualBox, also obfuscates details which VirtualBox exposes (such as the specific identities of emulated chipsets), complicating the configuration of older or less well-supported OSes which do not have VMware drivers available.

The Fusion interface also buries some necessary functions several levels deep. Switching optical or floppy drive images, for instance, requires several clicks in Fusion, while VirtualBox places recent media in a simple drop-down menu on the main application frame.

Finally, headless operation and server integration is not as transparent in VMware Fusion as it is in VirtualBox, and VMware's offerings are quite different on different host OSes.

Slightly better breadth of guest OS support may not justify the purchase of VMware Fusion for many users, when VirtualBox is available for free, and better exposes its more powerful features to the user.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

VMware Fusion is one of those packages which you will know if you need: if you have to run prebuilt VMware virtual machines on OS X, and don't want to spend a day or two converting them, there aren't many other options. And for those guest OSes for which VirtualBox drivers are not forthcoming, such as NextStep/OpenStep, it offers better support.

That said, if you do not fall into these two use cases, VirtualBox is free, equally powerful, and offers a better interface on OS X and more consistence in interface between host OSes.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I mostly use VMware Fusion for testing prebuilt virtual machines prior to conversion to VirtualBox, and for access to certain guest OSes for which VirtualBox driver support does not exist.

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"VMware Fusion performance matches with dual booted OS performance"

What do you like best?

The speed and tools offered in the package is pretty great and well integrated with MAC experience. 3D hardware speed while playing games in Virtual OS. Booting and shitting down of virtual OS id pretty fast comapred to others. The impact and load of VMware Fusion on underlying OS is less and doesnt drain the RAM much..

What do you dislike?

One of the most common dislike is bit hanging and speed which is pretty slow at some point of time. only one snapshot per virtual machine. Navigation from one OS to other is bit time consuming task. Some features in windows virtual installed OS faces problems which is not well supported.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are looking for local quick acces with a greater speed and many more inbuilt features please headon to VMware Fusion.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

One of the most advantage of using this is this saved our time and money in owning a new harware for a separate OS. We as a startup organization need to test our work with many OS's which would have been more economical if VMware Fusion whould have not been there.

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"VMWARE Fusion : essential on mac "

What do you like best?

virtual machines are managed very well. I can easily create a virtual environment, often do tests with virtual machines, the snapshot feature is excellent, I can easily go back in time.

What do you dislike?

integration with the Mac system can be improved. the Unity mode works well, but who uses parallals will find it different. the management of retinal display windows for the virtual machines is not optimal.

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is an essential software for Mac, users of the virtual machine windows must try it. the GUI is clear. They can handle a large number of virtual machines without problems.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

use this software because it is the only one able to handle DirectX 11. usefull to run the latest 3D graphics software. I use it on my mac when I have to use Windows applications. Some applications only run on Windows, this software is very important for my job and for my business.

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"Amazing way to use different operating system in a mac enviroment"

What do you like best?

I use several linux, windows 7, windows 10 machines without rebooting my machine and it has an awesome integration with the host operating system.

What do you dislike?

It can be resourse intensive when using windows as a target OS.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It's the best software for virtualization in mac, it's expensive but worth the price

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I need to use programs that are available only in windows or linux and with Fusion i I don't need to change between machines or keyboards to do what i need to do.

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"Invaluable Virtualization Software"

What do you like best?

The VMware Fusion software allows to network simulation with a multitude of virtual machines deployed. The flexibility is exceptional. The ability to create a private networks for the virtual machine on the host machines is amazing. This lends to the VMware Fusion software being an invaluable testing and demonstration tool.

What do you dislike?

The VMware Fusion software does not have a map view of virtual machines on the network you create.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The VMware Fusion software is available as a trial, so you can get familiar with the software. I recommend the Pro version of the software because it makes creating flexible networks much easier.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A flexible and dependable platform that supports virtualization of virtual machine as appliances or operating system deployments with various addressing configurations.

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"VMware Fusion - proven visualization platform"

What do you like best?

- extreme ease of use

- built in Fusion Learning Center with many video tutorials will get anyone running in no time

- optimized for latest OS X

- Apple Retina display support

- Windows 10 support

- latest version supports DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3

- Fusion even supports Mac gestures

- I am loving Unity view where your Windows application shows within OS X

What do you dislike?

I did not find anything to dislike about VMware Fusion so far.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using VMware Fusion to run Windows OS in the environment that normally do not support Apple OS X.

Many daily tasks requiring Windows OS I can now perform from my favorite MacBook Pro laptop.

Need a console connectivity in OS X - no problem USB devices can be easily connected to virtual machine and work as native connection.

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"Perfect software solution for IT and IS students and workers. "

What do you like best?

Working with VMware Fusion has significantly increased my productivity with working in different operating systems. I really like the simple and clean shortcuts to jump to my different workspaces.

What do you dislike?

There is really nothing that I dislike. Some of the compatibility issues are very minimal, and it seems that all the operating systems I want to install are quick options in Fusion.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The business problems I am solving by using VMware Fusion is that I have to use Linux for certain operational functions. I use Kali Linux to test my network's security and find out the flaws that I otherwise could not have found while on my mac. I have used Apple's Bootcamp to use both Linux and OSX, but that process was clunky and ended up being fatal for my computer as I accidentally wiped my entire OSX. Working with VMware completely eliminated the risk of installing other OSs on my computer.

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"VMWare Fusion served its' purpose."

What do you like best?

I loved how simple it was to jump back and forth between my desktop and my virtual machine. It was easy to work on my projects within my virtual machine, and then jump to my main desktop in order to conduct research. VMWare Fusion also made it simple to run Microsoft Office products in the much simpler Windows version (I run a Mac). I truly believe that, without VMWare Fusion, I would not have been able to pass some of the classes that I used it for.

Learning how to use VMWare Fusion was simple, with their built-in tutorials and online support. I think that this allowed me to use the virtual machine software quickly and efficiently. I'm a student, so I don't have a ton of time to painstakingly learn a new software or version.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the virtual machine, on VMWare Fusion, would run slowly. I think that this is attributed to processing power, but it was nonetheless frustrating. The User interface was also a bit shoddy when it came to booting up.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

VMWare Fusion is a clear frontrunner in the virtual machine industry.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used VMWare Fusion to work in Windows on my Mac. It allowed me to simply switch back and forth in order to use the business intelligence software, Qlikview (only available on Windows). It made it simple to jump back and forth between my Mac, where I would conduct research, and Windows, where I would run the actual program. I also plan to use VMWare Fusion in the future when the need for virtual machines becomes apparent.

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"Just OK for the money"

What do you like best?

I think each release of Fusion improves upon the last. Installing and configuring new virtual machines is fast and simple. Snapshots are easy if sometimes not automatic and reliable. I don't use it, but there's integration into VMware's public cloud built in. A lot of projects will have premade VMware virtual machines that are easy to import and get working, which is very handy.

What do you dislike?

No integration with ESXi, even though it's made by the same company AND there's a commercial "Professional" version available. It'd be great to send VMs you configure locally to your ESXi production cluster.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It's a no brainer. The only other option is Virtual Box, which isn't an option for some environments (though it is a solid product that competes well with Fusion).

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it to spin up virtual machines for testing and one general windows VM for windows software I can't get away from. It's great to make 2 or 3 VMs and test out a new thing before deploying it elsewhere in our environment.

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"Windows Virtual Machine for Mac is Tweaky"

What do you like best?

I appreciate that there is an option for running necessary-for-work windows OS applications in my Mac OS environment

What do you dislike?

I hate how it minimizes everything on its desktop view. In order to make it viewable, the screen resolution must be changed, and that's an inconvenience for a number of reasons.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Suck it up and deal with it, and be glad your primary job doesn't require you to use the Windows Virtual machine regularly.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It solves access to Oracle based applications we need to use. I haven't realized any real benefits.

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"Great virtualization platform for macOS"

What do you like best?

A feature-rich virtualization platform that works well on macOS. Allows you to run virtually any OS on your Mac, and does it well. The Pro version has a strong feature set, allowing management of vSphere/ESXi servers. Another plus are the frequent updates to the product.

What do you dislike?

The upgrade price of new versions, which are typically released on an annual basis, could be better.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Also look into the Parallels product.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allows one to run Windows or Linux on their Mac, something that is very useful for developers.

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"Great product, run windows applications right on your MAC"

What do you like best?

You can run windows programs right on your Mac OSX desktop! I found a user saying to me they wished they could run Microsoft Dynamics on their macbook and when will microsoft release a client that works on Macs? I immediately answered them, you can do it right now with VMware Fusion. 2 hours later they had Fusion and Dynamics setup and were the happiest users i have ever seen.

What do you dislike?

You need to have enough available resources on your mac to be able to run a windows environment at the same time, so make sure you dont get the lowest end mac, and add some additional RAM to it if you can.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

You won't regret it, its a must have for all mac owners.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are now able to use Mac's when we originally thought we were restricted to only using Windows OS! Choice is a beautiful thing!

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"VMware Fusion: VPN Usage"

What do you like best?

Easy to use, clean interface, simple to use another OS onto your computer

What do you dislike?

Install can be a bit complicated if you don't know what you're doing.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

VMware fusion can be a bit complicated to install, however once it is installed the possibilities are excellent. The ease of using another OS and getting your work done is easy and simple to use. I would recommend this to any user who needs to use another OS in their applications.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Logging into the client network in order to see test environments. This has allowed us to develop prototypes that are accurate to the latest release.

Excellent product to use for having multiple OS's on one computer. Our value has been when we can use this for iOS and WIndows platforms, as some consultants have one type of machine or the other. The client we work at is strictly PC based, and the support for iOS is not that plentiful. Giving iOS users the power to use Windows on their machines has enabled them to

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"Life saver for MAC guys"

What do you like best?

I love this tool. Without it i cannot do my work in office because most of the tools do not run on MAC OS and i have to have a windows machine. So, i installed Windows on VMWARE fusion and use it everyday.

What do you dislike?

Recent upgrades causes some copy paste issues and also i have noticed it creates some unnecessary temp files.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Tools on windows

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"So easy and incredibly helpful!"

What do you like best?

It is very easy to setup a virtual machine with Fusion on a Mac, they have spent a lot of time making the process easy and intuitive. They also provide the option to install appliances and free operating systems with just a tap of the mouse! Fusion balances system resources well to allow you to utilize both your Mac system as well as any virtual machine you may be running.

What do you dislike?

The only downside of Fusion is that it kills your battery pretty quickly and can cause your computer to heat up fast. However, I don't believe this behavior is only specific to Fusion as I have experienced the same symptoms with other software.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allows the ability to run multiple operating systems on one physical machine which makes it very easy to troubleshoot issues and test changes across multiple platforms before rolling out changes.