Fusion Performance Tips

Several people have been emailing me wondering when I would start to post tips about my VMWare Fusion experience. They wanted to know what performance tips and tricks I have found out to make Fusion faster and/or more stable.

Here’s the strange thing. I haven’t written anything because, frankly, I’ve been too busy using Fusion with no problems at all. Not only is Fusion is faster and more stable that Parallels, but it puts less of a strain on my mac overall.

In the end, that’s all I really need. My previous postings on Parallels performance were simply tips I found that made Parallels usable as a .Net development environment. With Fusion, there are no tips. It Just Works.

One of the nice things about Fusion is the ability to take advantage of both cores from within windows. Fusion allows you to select the number of processor that your VM has access to. In the case of my MacBook Pro, it’s either one or two. I’m not sure if you run Fusion on a Mac Pro if you get access to more than two processors or not. The only hiccup for windows is that to take advantage of “multiple” processors, you need to have the processors set to 2 before installing windows. Apparently, the only time the multi processor files are available is during the install. I am sure I would like it more if Visual Studio.net supported background compilation on different threads. Eh, maybe in VS 2008.