VMware Fusion Overview

VMware Fusion is the #8 ranked solution in our list of top Virtual Desktop tools. It is most often compared to VMware Player: VMware Fusion vs VMware Player

What is VMware Fusion?
VMware Fusion is a software hypervisor for Macintosh computers. VMware Fusion allows Intel-based Macs to run operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, NetWare, or Solaris on virtual machines, along with their Mac OS X operating system using a combination of paravirtualization, hardware virtualization and dynamic recompilation.
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What users are saying about VMware Fusion pricing:
  • "Starting with version 12, it is now free on a Mac for personal use. Fusion Pro has a cost."

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JD
Network Engineer at a government with 501-1,000 employees
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Top 5Leaderboard
Rock solid, more flexible than other solutions, and good support

What is our primary use case?

We're on Windows VM. We use it to run Windows machines on Mac. We are using the latest version.

Pros and Cons

  • "The whole point of it is to run Windows VMs on a Mac. This is the most valuable feature. There is snapshotting, but we don't really use that. The Pro version allows me to actually attach to the Windows ESXi infrastructure at the backend, and I'm able to create a session that I can attach to the VMware hooks at the backend, so one is running a VM, and the whole operating system is running on the actual Mac. The other one is literally a frontend to the VMs that are running in the infrastructure at the backend. These are the two main features I use."
  • "The way they handle snapshotting can be improved. One time, I moved a machine from one to another, and I tried to pull it up on the second machine, but it didn't work. This was because I had not cleaned up the snapshot before I deleted it and moved it across. So, when I tried to pull it up, it wouldn't let me bring it up. The backups for the VMs themselves can also be improved. I pretty much have to rely on Windows backups and not something on VMware. That's where it needs improvement. I am able to upload from my Fusion into the ESXi easily. I'm able to spin something up on Fusion and push it into the big arena, but the reverse is not as easy, that is, trying to pull something down from that. I would love to have a functionality where I could pull something from the VMware infrastructure into Fusion, but I'm not sure if I can take something from ESXi and pull it into Fusion."

What other advice do I have?

Apple is now going for its own chips. They are not going to use Intel chips anymore, and right now, both Parallels and Fusion aren't ready to do that because that chip is an ARM thing, so they can't do Windows on the new Mac mini M1s till they get that straightened out. If you have got an Intel Mac, you're good. My advice right now would be to download it for free. Use that instead of a VirtualBox or some of the other free stuff because it is more flexible than other solutions. There is support. There are tons of message boards and a lot of stuff out there about this solution. I would rateā€¦
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