2 VMWare Fusion tips

I've enjoyed having VMWare Fusion on my MacBook, as it's made the transition from a PC to a Mac easier. Also, since I now have only the MacBook, I'm able to easily duplicate what I had on the old PC and to edit work documents on my copy of Microsoft Office. But I hit a few roadblocks the other night (on deadline, of course), so thought I'd document their solutions here.

  • I had installed a lot of Windows apps and got the warning that there was only about 1GB of hard drive space left on the virtual disk. I thought I'd allocated enough room, but 10GB wasn't enough. I went into Fusion's Settings and allocated 20GB. No dice. Still didn't work. But this excellent tutorial video on the Fusion site shows step-by-step how to create a virtual disk that will grow as the VM grows.
  • I'd hoped to save my files in one place only on my Mac, and not have to store files in both my Mac and Windows environments. But from within Windows, opening those shared folders was painfully slow and so I reconciled myself to having two separate sets of files to manage. BUT. A search through the VMWare Fusion Forum offered a user's solution that hit the nail on the head: the Avast anti-virus software in Windows was causing the slowdown. Add the Fusion shared folders to Avast's exclusion list so it doesn't attempt to scan any files it finds there. With that setting in place, opening Mac files from within Windows is as quick as opening them from the Finder. At last, I can have one set of documents in one place.
  • No better time to promote Joe Kissell's newest e-book, Take Control of VMware Fusion 2. These Take Control books are inexpensive and the best way to get acquainted with Macs.
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