Hands on: Parallels Desktop for Mac in a business setting

“The Mac web has covered Parallels ad nauseum. I think we’re agreed on that. Yet I’m here today to give my thoughts on how this program functions in a business setting,” Nick Santilli writes for The Apple Blog.

Santilli writes, “The back story is that I’m a Cisco Network guy. I do a lot of stuff that requires the IE 6 browser while other functions are via a serial connection for configuring hardware. The latter making it not the simplest of requirements. On a typical day in the office, I can usually be fount toting both my MacBook and my Dell Latitude with me. It’s a pain.”

Santilli writes, “While I love that I have the option to run Windows natively through BootCamp, I wasn’t about to be slowed-down by reboots whenever the need for the other operating system arose. So Parallels was very attractive to me as far as being able to run within OS X. This is my experience during this experiment.”

Full article here.


  1. I LOVE Parallels… one of the best things about it, is when you finally get a stable, bug free (ok, as bug free as is possible), un-infected copy of ‘Doze running, you copy that image off and treat it as GOLD.
    That way, when ‘Doze becomes corrupted, infected or otherwise rendered inoperable, you simply copy your image back to the correct folder and resume operation.
    Trust me, it’s a FAR, FAR better method than having to re-install XP on a Clone PC every time something nasty happens to it.

  2. I love parallels too. Granted, I’d rather not have to use windows, but there are some applications for school which do not come in the Mac version. The most recent update was very impressive. I am running it on a MacBook core duo 2.0 gHz with 1 gig of ram. Parallels is a RAM hog, but this most recent update shows significant performance enhancements. Now expose doesn’t freeze will windows is starting up.

    I wish I could get parallels to work through Boot Camp, but parallels tells me the drive is inaccessible.

  3. I know parallels isn’t robust for gaming, but I’m wondering how acceptable WoW/Windows will run in Parallels. (And yes, I know, Blizzard Entertainment has been stellar about including Mac and Win support on the same install discs going back to at least StarCraft.) If anyone with parallels and experience can reply, I’d be obliged.

  4. left behind,

    Someone can correct me if I’m wrong (I’ve never gamed, (with or without Parallels), but it’s my understanding that there’s ZERO NONE SQUAT ZILCH support for hardware accelerated graphics under Parallels, so it might not work so well ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  5. A Cisco engineer who can’t afford XP? Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it’s worth the plastic it’s printed on, but if it would make your professional life easier, why wouldn’t you just bite the bullet?

  6. left behind – if you read the full artcile then you would have read this portion:

    If you’re the big gaming type, you probably don’t want to give up the PC just yet. Or rather, don’t hang your hopes on Parallels at this point in time. Fellow TAB author, Jason Terhorst observed, “after going through the whole install process that the “device drivers” that Parallels includes will not do 3D rendering of any type. So games are out.”

  7. left behind, haha too funny…dood seriously, i play wow on my mac PB 17″ and i have no probs whatsoever. all mods werk even w/ the 2.0 patch so wtf are you talkin about? why would you wanna use a pos windbloze machine for WoW?

  8. Thanks for the constructive comments. I did find a video on YouTube showing the WoW/WindowsXP/Parallels Desktop combo running on a MacBook (with its anemic Intel graphics). So the MBPro should be at least as good. This is acceptable to me.

  9. Typical “Cisco guy,” needs to learn a bit more about UNIX. He’ll find the command line tools available for network management and diagnostics on the Mac command line are far better than the Windows tools he and his buddies use “religiously.”

    Only reason to load bootcamp or parallels in the network world is to see if you’ve set everything up right for Windows.

  10. I don’t know too much about all this networking crap. I use parallels at work, and the only annoying thing that i’ve noticed is that other users (pc) are not able to access files i currently have open, specifically of the microsoft office variety.

    Other than that, it’s nice to not have to use a DuLL like the rest of those other people at work.

    They love looking over my shoulder at widgets and exposé

  11. A bit of a poorly written article. He says that games are out in the Game section, then in the next paragraph he says that having parallels for his kids games makes every one happy. I can only assume that he is referring to non-accelerated games for the under 8 y.o. crowd.

    As a parallels user, I can say that I am impressed with its performance. Intel chips must make a big difference! I remember trying Virtual PC and it was Horrible! This is very functional for every day use. I highly recommend it! Next step… try it with Windows 2000! That should provide me with a quick solution for my limited PC use!

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