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Take Control of VMware Fusion 3

Book Description

After introducing you to a few basic concepts, the ebook offers advice for mixing Fusion and Boot Camp, and notes the hardware and software you'll need. Then you'll find steps for installing Windows for use in Fusion in these scenarios:

  • When installing a new copy of Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7

  • From an already-installed copy of Windows under Boot Camp, VMware Fusion 1.x or 2.x, Parallels Desktop, Virtual PC, or an actual PC

  • From a slipstream disc that contains Windows plus service packs, updates, drivers, and settings

  • On the MacBook Air, which lacks an internal optical drive

  • With Mac OS X Server (version 10.5 or higher) as a guest operating system

  • For running a virtual appliance that encapsulates both an operating system and a ready-to-run application

  • Next, you'll learn how to work with Windows in a Fusion virtual machine, with key details like how to remap mouse buttons, simulate missing keys, set keyboard shortcuts, switch display modes, and work with external devices. Other topics covered include:

  • Pros and cons of different ways of using Boot Camp and Fusion

  • Configuring Fusion's Settings window to get the most out of the software

  • Real-world advice for smart ways to make Windows and Mac environments simultaneously available on the same computer

  • Options for sharing files between your Windows and Mac environments

  • Keeping your copy of Windows secure, backed up, and updated

  • The basics of working with Fusion from the command line for advanced users

  • Special questions you'll find answers to include these:

  • How do I keep my Windows installation in its own screen in Spaces?

  • Where do I find drivers for proprietary Apple hardware like the iSight, Apple Remote, and Bluetooth transceiver?

  • What are my options for right-clicking in Windows?

  • What should I do if Windows refuses to shut down or restart?

  • Help! My mouse pointer keeps disappearing when I'm running Windows in Fusion. What should I do?

  • How do I press the all-important Control-Alt-Delete key combo in Fusion?

  • How do I make the Windows Desktop disappear so my Windows apps appear to run like Mac apps?

  • How do I tell Windows which Web browser to open Web URLs in?

  • What's a virtual appliance and how would I use one in Fusion?

  • What are common parameters for vmrun, the command-line utility that controls Fusion?

  • Table of Contents

    1. Take Control of VMware Fusion 3
      1. Read Me First
        1. Updates
        2. Basics
          1. Menus
          2. Finding an Application's Preferences
          3. Paths
          4. Right-Clicking
        3. What's New in the Second Edition
      2. Introduction
      3. 1. Fusion Quick Start
      4. 2. Understand Fusion Basics
        1. What Is Virtualization Software?
          1. Virtual Machines
          2. Virtual Disks
          3. Real and Virtual Hardware
            1. Drivers and Emulated Hardware
            2. VMware Tools
            3. Sharing vs. Taking Turns
            4. FireWire Devices
        2. What Is Boot Camp (and Why Should You Care)?
        3. Decide Whether (or How) to Use Boot Camp with Fusion
      5. 3. Install Fusion and Windows
        1. Collect the Ingredients
          1. An Intel-based Mac
          2. Disk Space
          3. RAM
          4. A Windows CD or DVD
            1. Which Version of Windows?
              1. Windows 7
              2. Windows Vista
              3. Windows XP
              4. Making the Choice
            2. Retail or OEM Licensing?
          5. A Copy of Fusion
        2. Install Fusion
        3. Create a Virtual Machine in Fusion
          1. Easy Install
          2. Standard Install
          3. Finish Your Windows Installation
        4. Install Boot Camp Drivers
        5. Use a Boot Camp Partition in Fusion
      6. 4. Use Windows in a Virtual Machine
        1. Learn Your Way Around
          1. The Virtual Machine Library
          2. The Main Virtual Machine Window
        2. Suspend, Resume, and Shut Down Windows
          1. Suspend a Virtual Machine
          2. Resume a Virtual Machine
          3. Shut Down a Virtual Machine
          4. Restart a Virtual Machine
        3. Make Your Keyboard and Mouse Behave
          1. Remap Mouse Buttons
          2. Simulate Missing Keys
          3. Configure Keyboard Shortcuts
        4. Switch Display Modes
          1. Single Window View
          2. Full Screen View
          3. Unity View
            1. Use Dock Icons in Unity View
            2. Use the Taskbar in Unity View
              1. Display the Taskbar
              2. Display System Tray Icons
              3. Forget the Taskbar
        5. Use the Applications Menu
        6. Move Data Between Host and Guest
        7. Work with Multiple Displays
        8. Connect and Disconnect Devices
      7. 5. Configure Virtual Machine Settings
        1. Settings Overview
        2. Sharing Settings
          1. Share Individual Folders
          2. Mirror Folders
        3. Applications Settings
          1. Applications Menu Settings
            1. Applications Menu Visibility
            2. User-Defined Applications
            3. Keyboard Shortcut
          2. Default Applications Settings
            1. Sharing Windows Applications
            2. Sharing Mac Applications
        4. Processor & RAM Settings
          1. Processors
          2. RAM
        5. Display Settings
        6. Printer Settings
        7. Autoprotect Settings
        8. Advanced Settings
        9. Network Settings
        10. Hard Disk Settings
        11. CD & DVD Settings
        12. Sound Settings
        13. Usb Device Settings
        14. Settings for Other Devices
          1. Floppy Drive
          2. Serial and Parallel Ports
        15. Fusion Preferences
          1. General Preferences
          2. Keyboard & Mouse Preferences
            1. Key Mappings
            2. Mouse Shortcuts
            3. Mac OS Shortcuts
            4. Fusion Shortcuts
            5. Profiles
          3. Default Application Preferences
      8. 6. Protect Your Virtual Machine
        1. Keep Windows Safe from Malware
          1. Apply Windows Updates
          2. Install Anti-Virus Software
          3. Use a Firewall
          4. Remove and Block Spyware and Adware
        2. Save and Restore Your Windows State with Snapshots
          1. Take a Snapshot
          2. Restore a Snapshot
          3. Manage Snapshots
        3. Back Up Your Virtual Machine
          1. Understand the Backup Challenges
          2. Take Snapshots
          3. Use Sub-File Updating
          4. Store Personal Data on Your Mac Disk
          5. Use Windows Backup Software
      9. 7. Move to Fusion from Another Environment
        1. Import a Boot Camp Volume
        2. Import a Virtual Machine from Parallels Desktop or Virtual PC
        3. Import a Windows Installation from a PC
      10. A. Create a Slipstream Installer Disc
        1. Prepare Your Computer
        2. Run Nlite
        3. Burn a Slipstream CD or DVD
      11. B. Fusion for Propellerheads
        1. Mount Virtual Disks in the Finder
        2. Install Mac OS X Server as a Guest Operating System
        3. Get Started with VMrun
          1. Set Up vmrun
          2. vmrun Syntax
            1. Flags
            2. Commands and Parameters
          3. Examples
            1. Start a Virtual Machine
            2. Take a Snapshot
            3. Run an Application
        4. Use Virtual Appliances
      12. About This Book
        1. About the Author
        2. Author's Acknowledgments
        3. Shameless Plug
        4. About the Publisher
        5. Production Credits