VMware Fusion after six weeks
September 20, 2007 ·
Back in early August, I blogged that I'd tried VMware Fusion for the first time and was very impressed. I figured I'd follow up with a more detailed report of my experiences. My untweaked copy of Vista runs very acceptably on VMware (well, as acceptably as Vista ever runs!). I run BlueDragon.NET, SQL Server Express and ColdFusion 8 all together on the same VM, along with Eclipse, all in 768Kb of PC memory. Sure, it would run better if I allocated more memory to it but then I'd need to shutdown everything on the Mac side that I wasn't using and that would be somewhat counter-productive! BlueDragon.NET happily talks to MySQL on the Mac side and ColdFusion 8 on the Mac side happily talks to SQL Server on the Windows side (yes, I run ColdFusion on both sides of the virtual wall since I am working on some client projects that are resolutely Windows-only even in the CFML code!). So that's two copies of ColdFusion 8, a copy of BlueDragon.NET, SQL Server, MySQL and PostgreSQL all running on one MacBook Pro laptop. My only real complaint is that VMware Fusion has a small bug in the bridged network adapter that can cause Apple's AirPort card (in the laptop) to think it's being hit by a packet replay attack and it shuts the AirPort card down for 60 seconds. Nice bit of security but very frustrating when it's really just a bug in VMware's networking code. The other network adapter modes work fine but bridged seems to be the only way to be able to connect between the two sides and still access the big, bad Internet from both sides as well. I mostly just stay tethered to my ethernet cable when using VMware Fusion and I'm fine. I hope that VMware add better DirectX support at some point so I can experience Vista in all its transparent-ness.