What difference will I see if I upgrade to VMware Fusion 5?
If you need to run Windows applications on a Mac, VMware Fusion is one virtualization option to consider. VMware Fusion 5, the latest product iteration, is designed to better run Windows and Mac programs together without compatibility roadblocks.
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VMware counts more than 70 new features for users upgrading to Fusion 5 from older versions like Fusion 4. The main differences are OS X Mountain Lion and Windows 8 virtual machine (VM) support, better performance and an improved user interface. Fusion 5 runs Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware ESXi hypervisors as a VM, which works great. And Ubuntu Unity mode support is excellent.
VMware Fusion 5 is much faster than previous versions, according to IT Knowledge Exchange (ITKE) blogger Raj Perumal, who writes The Musings of an IT Consultant. Perumal says suspending and resuming VMs is noticeably faster on his MacBook Air with v.5.
VMware Fusion users curious about v.5 can test it out with a free 30-day trial license from VMware.
How do you transfer VMware Fusion from one computer to another?
I would do a clean install. Download the latest version of VMware Fusion to reinstall the application on your new computer, enter your license code, then copy VMs over. While there might be a way to just copy the Fusion application to the new computer along with the VMs, I have not tried it and can envision problems with that approach.
Many IT pros run VMware Fusion on multiple Macs, and face issues with VM portability. Expert SearchVMware contributor Mike Nelson runs VMware Fusion on his MacBook Pro and iMac, and he ports VMs between the two computers frequently. He stores VMs on a portable USB drive, which allows him to move the VMs and their snapshots without losing information. The drawback to this approach can be speed.
Is there a way to change mouse settings in Fusion without going into Preferences?
ITKE member Brent Sheets switches frequently between the Mac OS X interface and Windows in VMware Fusion. Each time, he goes into Preferences and changes the right button on the mouse to the appropriate setting: Primary or Secondary. In the Mac platform, he doesn't want the right button set to Secondary.
Try setting the OS X mouse to your preferred shortcuts. Then, create a VM keyboard and mouse profile for the Windows VM. This will change the settings in this Fusion screen when you are in the VM (see Figure 1). You can also investigate a command-line interface (CLI) option, but I have not readily found a CLI specific to this issue.
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This was first published in November 2012