I upgraded to Windows 7 today on my Fusion Virtual Machine on my Macbook today. I preceded it with a Time Machine backup, and it copied a few gigabytes, which I expected since I installed CS4 the other day.
Two hours later...
I installed the Windows 7 upgrade, and then did another Time Machine backup. This time it copied 36 gigabytes (the amount of my virtual machine file).
This got me thinking... Does Time Machine backup the entire virtual machine file each time there is a slight change? If so, then merely launching Windows in Fusion would be enough for Time Machine to backup the virtual machine file, using almost 40 gig on my backup drive most every time I launch time machine backup, even though the change is minor (a few bytes)
The consequence is that for a Fusion user, the backup device is going to fill awfully fast because of the relatively minor changes to the VM file, thus making for paltry space for history on all the Mac files.
I figure that a 320 Gig backup device is effectively extremely tiny for a 250 Gig HDD with only 90 Gig of files. My backup drive is already full after only ~8 backup sessions, hence deleting old history, which is hardly a few months old!
Normally when I shut power off my MacBook Pro, it takes about 4-5 seconds and then its off. Since I installed VMware Fusion yesterday, it takes about 1 minute to power off. What is going on? I read somewhere that when you quit a virtual machine you need to choose "kill all" to stop any background processes. How do I do this or is this just normal.
I have a 13" macbook pro 4gb of ram, 2.26Ghz. So im trying to upgrade my MCSA/MCSE to 2008, so i would need to run few VM's, at least 3 2008, and few clients.. You guys think ill be fine using my laptop or i should buy a desktop with around 8gb of ram?
I'm having an issue with VMware and Windows 7 64-bit. I was running VMware with Windows XP 32-bit, but having since installed Windows 7 64-bit. I am not able to get VMware to work with the 64-bit version of Windows 7. I believe this is because when I installed VMware I selected the 32-bit OS option because this was what I had when I was running Windows XP via boot camp. Is there anyway to get VMware to work with Windows 7 64-bit without reinstalling VMware. It's starting to get a little annoying booting into 7 with Boot Camp.
after restoring my bootcamp partition from my back up, I can not figure out how to get it to work with VMware. VMware has the special boot camp spot but it won't start up my bootcamp. I have had this problem before and my solution was to completely uninstall VMware and then do the set up it gives you(I don't feel like doing that). So I need to re-add my bootcamp partition some how. Anyone know how to do that with out having to re-install VMware?
After getting my macbook pro in just, latest 13" model with SD card slot, I've been meaning to upgrade the RAM and hard drive in it, as I wasn't willing to pay Apple for the privilage. I've seen a few things like non apple HDDs not being recognised or being slow. I'm just wondering if this is still the case? If I buy a bigger HDD will it work?
Also, does anyone have a pdf manual for VmWare Fusion. I bought it off their site, but for the life of me I can't find a manual, only a starters guide.
When I start up VMware fusion and win7 it pretty much makes my computer un-usable while it loads,(programs become un responsive) witch takes about 10 min. Then after it finally gets into windows it take another 10 min to finish loading, but programs become usable with some lag. The weird thing is, is that it's not even using half of my CPU or all of my RAM. After all that, and it finishes loading it is usable. Anyone else have this problem? I'm giving it 2gb of ram, and it's 64bit win 7 RC.
I use my boot camp partition in Vmware. How do I make a bootable copy of that? I want to know because in Boot camp I'm gonna install Windows 7, but I might still need XP so I was thinking about using Vmware for that.
I just accepted an offer on my MBP and I'll be purchasing a new unibody MBP in the following week.
I have a lot of personal data and applications that are backed up right now in the form of a Time Machine backup.
The old MBP is a SR (sig below) and the new one will be the unibody; different specs, GPU, HD etc...
Can I just plug in my external HD that has my Time Machine backup into the new machine and restore it? Would the fact that there are different hardware complicate matters? And if so, since I still have my old machine for now, what would be the best solution to do what I'm trying to do here?
I got the blue of death in VMware fusion with windows vista ultimate,I think "Defender" did it, every time I go to the vmware to start windows the blue screen shows up, anyway around this ? I can't do any safe modes or last good configs.
Using a mid-2009 MBP -- have grown to really like this notebook. Given that it gets carried around often, I'd like to have everything on it protected by something more than just a simple login password.
I use Time Machine in conjunction with a Time Capsule to keep things backed up, but my understanding is that if I were to enable FileVault to encrypt the disk, I would have to log out of my user account for any backup to actually run. This is pretty inconvenient and a ridiculous issue in general.
What are my other options, folks? Should I just look into using TrueCrypt? (ETA: apparently TrueCrypt doesn't play nice with Time Machine either...)
My understanding is that FileVault's shortcomings are such:
- Documented vulnerabilities - Requires that user be logged off to backup with Time Machine
I have a few things on my notebook that I would like to be kept safe in the event of a loss or theft. I used to use AxCrypt on Windows for this, but there are no OSX builds for it, so what I'm wondering is this:
- If I create an encrypted image and use it like a TrueCrypt/Cryptainer partition, will Time Machine back the image up as it changes over time like any other file? - Is there any reason I shouldn't do that over some other way of keeping things safe?
Back in my Windows days and for my servers at work (just a few), I always did the following to do backup:
1) DATA Use SyncToy or copy the data folders (My Documents, etc.) to an external hard drive
2) OS and APPLICATIONS Create an image using Acronis's TrueImage, so I don't have to re-install the applications or re-configure the OS
With Time Machine, I know it backups my User folder (Documents, Music, etc.), but does it also backup the computer settings, such that in the case of re-install, I just pop-in the original OSX Installation CD and restore from Time Machine without reconfiguring the OS AND re-installing the application again?
I noticed in the Time Machine hard drive there is also an Applications folder that contains the list of the same applications as installed in my MBP.
Before I erase my hard drive and start all over again, I'd be grateful if someone could help me with this problem which should have been resolved with the newest version of VMWare Fusion (2.0.1 is installed):
1. I created a Boot Camp partition and installed Windows XP SP3 and then activated it.
2. I next installed Virtual Machine on my Mac OS X partition, started up the Boot Camp partition as a VM, then manually installed VMWare Tools (they didn't install automatically). Then I activated Windows XP without a hitch.
3. I modified the VM settings to dual processor, 2 GB RAM
4. I next restarted into the Windows Boot Camp partition directly and installed the following MS Office Suites : MS Office Enterprise 2007, MS Office Project Standard 2007 and MS Office Visio Professional 2007. I activated each one following their installations via internet without a problem.
5. I then restarted in Mac OS X, started up my Boot Camp VM using VMWare Fusion, and tried to open an Office application. I was asked to reactivate, but I've already used the maximum number of activations (3) for this suite and cannot run any of these applications in my VM. Am I doing something wrong? Should a normal user be required to reactivate an Office suite in the virtual machine every time he switches between the two partitions? I suppose I could simply use MS Office 2007 by starting up into the Boot Camp partition, but this defeats the purpose of VMWare Fusion, doesn't it?
I had deleted temporary files in my Boot Camp partition using a CCleaner utility and am wondering if there was a file there I should have kept?