Reverse: MacBook OS-X VM in Windows
Closed     Case # 10030     Affiliated Job:  BaBaDou DOT Com
Opened:  Thursday, February 25, 2010     Closed:  Thursday, February 25, 2010
Total Hit Count:  30978     Last Hit:  Sunday, July 21, 2024 6:25:52 PM
Unique Hit Count:  7185     Last Unique Hit:  Sunday, July 21, 2024 6:25:52 PM
Case Type(s):  Helpdesk, Server, Network
Case Notes(s):  All cases are posted for review purposes only. Any implementations should be performed at your own risk.

I own a MacBook Pro, which for hardware, is a fantastic piece of equipment. I cannot say I am a fan of OSX however. So I will primarily run Windows 7 through a boot camp session. I do like the iTunes and the features offered with iPhoto; therefore, I will sync my iPhone on the OSX side. So in my research, I wanted a way to boot my OSX partition in a VM while in Windows 7 - connect it to a USB interface connecting my iPhone so I could keep it synced through this VM session.

Parallel desktops offers the ability to boot a separate partition (rather than a virtual hard disk file) in a VM on the Mac side; therefore, I wanted to do the same on the windows side - booting my OSX physical partition within a VM. Booting Vista or Windows 7 in a VM on the Mac side is far too cumbersome and slow, I have found doing the reverse (OSX in a VM) offers much better performance, I believe since OSX is a Linux operating system.

Action(s) Performed:
Total Action(s): 2
Action # Recorded Date Type Hit(s) User Expand Details
10115 4/21/2010 9:56:13 AM Helpdesk 3506 OSX in a VM There is a VM hardware configuration already constructe  More ...
10116 4/21/2010 9:55:13 AM Helpdesk 3278 My thoughts of Apple vrs Microsoft In my opinion the difference b  More ...

This was more of an endeavor to see how it worked rather than using it frequently - because of the interruption in Windows boot I have been careful how often I do it; however, I only experienced that once - the first time. Also like I mentioned, the goal was to sync my phone in the OS and it is a little finicky so I find it is more trouble to me then just physically booting up the Mac OS. But it does work and performance wise, much better then Windows in a VM under Mac OSX.

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