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Instant Getting Started with VMware Fusion

Book Description

Learn everything you need to know to get started with VMware Fusion

In Detail

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.

What You Will Learn

  • Install Windows 7 directly from Microsoft using the trial version
  • Upgrade your Windows 7 Virtual Machine to Windows 8
  • Effectively back up your Virtual Machine
  • Back up your Windows files easily using Time Machine
  • Discover and learn about the many features of snapshots
  • Keep your old PC alive by cloning it into a Virtual Machine
  • Discover the best places to find help and resources for VMware Fusion
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    Table of Contents

    1. Instant Getting Started with VMware Fusion
      1. Instant Getting Started with VMware Fusion
      2. Credits
      3. Foreword
      4. About the Author
      5. About the Reviewers
      6. www.PacktPub.com
        1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers, and more
          1. Why subscribe?
          2. Free access for Packt account holders
          3. Instant updates on new Packt books
      7. Preface
        1. What this book covers
        2. What you need for this book
        3. Who this book is for
        4. Conventions
        5. Reader feedback
        6. Customer support
        7. Errata
        8. Piracy
        9. Questions
      8. 1. Instant Getting Started with VMware Fusion
        1. Installing Windows 7 and upgrading to Windows 8 (Simple)
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
            1. Step 1 – installing Windows 7
            2. Step 2 – upgrading to Windows 8 or 8.1
            3. Step 3 – changing the OS type and installing/upgrading VMware Tools
          3. See also
        2. Keeping your old PC alive! (Intermediate)
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
            1. Running the Migration Assistant
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. More information
        3. Much ado about snapshots (Intermediate)
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
            1. Launching the snapshot window and examining the tree
            2. Restoring a snapshot
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. More information
        4. Keeping Your VM and Your Data safe (Simple)
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
            1. Backup Your VM
            2. Enabling Mirrored Folders
          3. How it works...
        5. Printing from Windows – how easy it is! (Simple)
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
            1. Option 1 – Printer Sharing
            2. Option 2 – USB pass-through
            3. Option 3 – network printer
          3. How it works...
        6. Network adapters – what's the difference? (Simple)
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
            1. Option 1 – Internet Sharing/NAT
            2. Option 2 – Bridged Networking
            3. Option 3 – Private to my Mac in Custom
          3. How it works...
        7. Connecting peripherals to Windows – bringing the outside world in! (Simple)
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
            1. Connecting the FaceTime camera to Windows
        8. Dedicating an external keyboard exclusively to Windows (Advanced)
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        9. "I'm stuck, now what?" (Simple)
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
        10. Summary