Migrating Fusion to Parallels Desktop 7 (Guest Blog)

Tech expert and head of Mac Village Productions – Skeeter Harris – is back this week to provide a step-by-step walkthrough on migrating your VMware Fusion virtual machine to Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac.  

Built into the Parallels Wizard is a migration tool that will walk you through the steps necessary to get that Virtual Machine up and running again but within Parallels Desktop. The process is fairly simple, however there are a few things before you start and once you complete you might want to consider.   The article and video will explain what those items are and the video will guide you through doing this process on your own environment. 

Before I start the migration there are several things you should consider and by checking and following these steps the process ends up being a series of clicks and waiting for the migration process to complete.

Preparing to Migrate

  1. Check available disk space where the virtual machine files are located to make sure you have at least double the size of the VMware virtual machine to give Parallels room to do the migration.   Parallels does not destroy or delete the original file as part of this migration, which is something you will manually need to do.
  2. If you have created SnapShots within the VMware virtual machine, then use the SnapShot manager to delete all of the SnapShots only keeping the current active version.
  3. Within VMware and the virtual machine running, go into the control panel in Windows, and un-install the VMware Fusion tools from the virtual machine you are about to migrate.
  4. When prompted to reboot the virtual machine as part of removing the VMware tools, do not restart the environment, but instead shutdown the windows environment.

Clean-up after the migration

Once the migration is complete Parallels Desktop will automatically configure the Windows environment to run in what Parallels calls Coherence mode, meaning the desktop environment disappears and Windows apps run like Mac apps. You can change this back to Single Window mode if you prefer to see the Windows environment running in its own self-contained window.

  1. Make sure you test the Parallels Virtual Machine for several days along with the migrated applications and data to make sure everything works as expected.
  2. Use the VMware Fusion uninstall program to completely remove Fusion from your Mac, that is assuming you have no other Fusion virtual machines that you need to use or migrate.
  3. By default, Fusion will store the virtual machine files in your Documents folder, within a folder called Virtual Machines. Go ahead and delete these files once you have both tested and confirmed there are no other Fusion VMs that you need to either keep or migrate.
  4. Lastly, it is possible that Windows may require re-activation by the Windows servers.  If this happens have your product key handy and you should be good to go!

For more information, check out Skeeter’s official YouTube channel and don’t forget to enter his iPad 2 Giveaway.