Do you own a Mac yet? Are you thinking about buying a Mac but have anxiety over leaving your Windows applications behind? Stop worrying, VMware Fusion makes the decision to move to a Mac and easy one. Many of us already know what Fusion is and what it does, but there are some of us that don’t. I stop at the gas station on the way into work this morning at 5am. I go in to pay for my gas and a guy notices that I’m wearing my VMware jacket I bought at VMworld and he stops me to ask me about VMware fusion. Wow, what a chance encounter. Well, first he asked me if I worked for VMware (I wish), and then he asked if I knew anything about VMware Fusion. Luckily I do know a little bit. I’m not a Mac owner, I’m a PC (not like the geeky guy in the brown suit and glasses as depicted in the Mac commercials, I’m actually cool), but I do use a Mac Book Pro at work and it’s loaded with VMware Fusion 3.

Fusion allows me to connect to a VM running Windows, in my case, I have a Windows XP Pro VM running, this is what we use as our baseline image for administrators. The Mac is beautiful, I use it for administration because I enjoy using terminal as my CLI, makes me feel like I’m on a Linux machine. I also enjoy that it’s a MacBook Pro, I can take it in and out of the lab, and with the KeySpan USB to serial adapter, I can plug right into a switch/router and work comfortably. I still am so how tied to MS Office applications as are others in my organization, this is something I don’t foresee changing, for me at least. This is a great use case for VMware Fusion, you can even run Fusion in Unity mode that basically makes the Windows desktop disappear but keeps the apps live on your Mac.

For the gas station guy I met this morning (sorry I didn’t get your name), here are some good resources for learning more about VMware Fusions and how you can get the fullest out of using it. First off I would head to the VMware Fusion website and explore that, it’s a wealth of information. Next I would check out the “Getting Started with VMware Fusion” guide that will help you ease into Fusion use, and something you can reference in the future. Lastly, I would head over to the Team Fusion blog run by “the team that brought you VMware Fusion, the most seamless way to run Windows on your Mac.” Good luck to you in the future with VMware Fusion, since you are new to the world of VMware, you should know there are an endless amount of resources out there to include blogs, Twitter, Facebook, VMware Communities and Have fun with Fusion!


Greg W Stuart
Greg is the owner and editor of He's been a VMware vExpert every year since 2011. Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids. He works as a Sr. Consultant at VMware and resides in Northern Virginia, 15 minutes west of Washington DC.

One thought on “VMware Fusion, the Best of Both Worlds

  1. Wow, that’s exactly what happened to me this summer when I was visiting Switzerland!

    I entered a grocery store with my VMware TShirt and one guy stopped me and asked me if I work for VMware, the company that makes Windows run on a Mac :)). And I replied in my head just like you, I wish! 😀

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