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November 19, 2008

Take Control of VMware Fusion 2--New from TidBITS

Take Control of VMware Fusion 2 Ithaca, NY—Modern Intel-based Macs have numerous options for running Windows, but for people accustomed to Mac OS X, installing Windows and configuring virtualization software is easier said than done. Whether it involves dealing with drivers, sharing files between Windows and Mac OS X, or determining optimal RAM settings, Joe Kissell's new Take Control of VMware Fusion 2 (TidBITS, $10.00 USD) provides Mac users with real-world advice on the best ways to install, configure, and use Windows via the popular virtualization software VMware Fusion 2.

The 130-page ebook, which was brought to life via a collaboration between TidBITS Publishing and VMware, starts with a look at basic concepts and then jumps into the action with steps for installing Windows for use in VMware Fusion in these scenarios:

  • When installing a new copy of Windows XP or Windows Vista
  • From an already-installed copy of Windows under Boot Camp, VMware Fusion 1.x, Parallels Desktop, Virtual PC, or an actual PC
  • From a slipstream disc that contains Windows plus service packs, updates, drivers, and settings
  • On the MacBook Air, which lacks an internal optical drive
  • With Mac OS X Leopard Server as a guest operating system
  • For running a virtual appliance that encapsulates both an operating system and a ready-to-run application

After installation, Kissell turns his attention to working with Windows in a VMware Fusion virtual machine, explaining key details like how to remap mouse buttons, simulate missing keys, configure keyboard shortcuts, switch display modes, and work with external devices.

Other important topics covered include:

  • Pros and cons of different ways of using Boot Camp and Fusion
  • How to configure Fusion's Settings window to get the most out of the software
  • Real-world advice for making Windows and Mac environments simultaneously available on the same computer
  • Comparisons of options for sharing files between Windows and Mac environments
  • Keeping your copy of Windows secure, backed up, and updated
  • The basics of working with Fusion from the command line for advanced users

Pat Lee, Group Manager of Consumer Products at VMware commented, "We're extremely happy with the reception of VMware Fusion 2 by the Mac community and Joe Kissell's new Take Control of VMware Fusion 2 is the icing on the cake. Joe has done a fabulous job at teasing out some of VMware Fusion's less obvious features and explaining not just how VMware Fusion works, but how users can best make use of it in the real world."

The ebook comes with a coupon for 10% off VMware Fusion 2, an $8 savings.

For a review copy or more information please email takecontrolpr@oreilly.com. Please include your delivery address and contact information.

Joe Kissell has written numerous books about the Macintosh, including many popular Take Control ebooks. He's also Senior Editor of TidBITS, contributes frequently to Macworld, and previously spent ten years in the Mac software industry. Joe Kissell joined the TidBITS staff in 2006 as Senior Editor and currently lives in Paris. He has written more than a dozen Take Control ebooks, including the best- selling Take Control of Mac OS X Backups. He's also the author of numerous print books about Mac OS X and a frequent contributor to Macworld magazine. Joe runs a business called alt concepts, which publishes such Web sites as Interesting Thing of the Day and Truffles for Breakfast.

Additional Resources:
For more information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bios, and cover graphic, see: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9781933671499

Take Control of VMware Fusion 2
Publisher: TidBITS
Joe Kissell
Take Control of VMware Fusion 2,
PDF format, 130 pages, free 30-page sample available
PDF Price: $10.00 USD
ISBN: 9781933671499



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