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Parallels Workstation for OS X fails the 10 minute test

I gave the Parallels Workstation a run for its money on my MacBook Pro this evening. It failed the 10-minute test because it took 45 minutes just to install Windows. Beyond that, the networking doesn't work and you can't full-screen the application window. It's not included in the free beta download. I think I'll just continue using a 2nd Windows box instead of making my MacBook Pro a 2-n-1 machine.

Update: The Beta 2 and Beta 3 solve these issues. However, I'm unable to install WebLogic 9.1 on either of these. I get a nice "could not extract the archive since it is corrupted. Error code = 2" error from the installer. Luckily, I found this howto for OS X. The same Windows installer works fine on a real Windows XP box.

Posted in Mac OS X at Apr 10 2006, 11:45:01 PM MDT 10 Comments
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I installed this over the weekend on my shiny new 20" iMac. Networking didnt work initially, but upon downloading the new beta it works just fine (just need to remember to tell ti to use the correct network interface from your Mac en1 NOT en0). Dissapointed about the lack of full screen, but that will come with the full product which seems a bargain at <$50. Need to get me some more memory to make it a real go-er though.

Posted by Sam Dalton on April 11, 2006 at 03:56 AM MDT #

By the way, which windows applications you want to use?

Posted by Ruslan Khafizov on April 11, 2006 at 04:33 AM MDT #

Yep, networking seems to work fine for me in beta 2. The biggest problem for me in the current beta (and one that they're working on) is that if you sleep your laptop while a VM is running, when you try to wake from sleep it will cause your laptop to reboot. It's a beta though, so some pain was expected. The workaround they list of just pausing the VM before you sleep works great, so I'm extremely happy with the product. I'm using it to run an instance of MS SQL Server on my MBP so that I can have a self contained development environment that matches what we really use.

Posted by Mark Imbriaco on April 11, 2006 at 04:44 AM MDT #

I tried beta 1 of Parallels Workstation on my MacBook Pro and networking worked after selecting the right interface (en1, as Sam mentioned). Though, I agree that having a separate windows box is a better solution if you have a fast enough connection to Remote Desktop into it when you're working remotely. This is my first Macintosh and I was amazed that I could use my (Verizon) cellphone as a modem, connect to the work VPN, and then use RDC to access my workstation. I no longer have to carry a Windows laptop around. I've been enjoying your site for a long time, but I think this is my first time commenting.

Posted by Joel Meyer on April 11, 2006 at 07:05 AM MDT #

Installing Windoze will take you longer than 10 minutes no matter what machine (virtual or real) you're using ;). Anyways, how's that new MBP doing? Are you having any of the heat or whining problems that some other MBP users have experienced?

Posted by Ben C on April 11, 2006 at 07:07 AM MDT #

I think the problem with networking in Beta 1 applied to wireless connections on the Mac, apparently it worked just fine for wired connections.

Posted by Sam Dalton on April 11, 2006 at 07:07 AM MDT #

Thanks for the "new beta" tip Sam - I upgraded to Beta 2 and network works fine now. I also discovered changing the screen resolution is a good substitute for full-screen.

Ruslan - there aren't any Windows applications I absolutely need, but I've yet to find a Mac equivalent of Beyond Compare, or an HTML Editor I enjoy as much as HomeSite. Also, some app servers and databases only run on Windows or Linux, so it's nice to have Windows in order to run them on my Mac.

Posted by Matt Raible on April 11, 2006 at 09:24 AM MDT #

With regards to the "some app servers and databases only run on Windows or Linux" thing... I managed to get Ubuntu running pretty well also.

Posted by Sam Dalton on April 11, 2006 at 10:43 AM MDT #

Matt, I think you might have jumped the gun in your response. But I'm glad you've got the networking to work. BTW--Your 10 minute test will always fail with Windows. You can never install Windows in under 10 minutes.

Posted by Scott Walter on April 12, 2006 at 07:15 AM MDT #

I've been using for about 15 days and have just about everything working... here is a my blog entry on my experience: http://www.zen-architect.com/zenblog/2006/07/27/the-parallels-desktop-experience/

Posted by Zen Architect on July 27, 2006 at 08:13 PM MDT #

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