VMWare Fusion 8 can be used in multiple window modes. VMs can be run within a single window, or in multiple windows on your host computer. Virtual machines can also be run full screen. Using Unity mode, VMWare removes the operating system wrapper and lets windows and apps from the guest to work aeamlessly alongside your host system.
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- [Voiceover] Once your VM is created, there are many ways to work with it within your host system. We have been working with it in a windowed state, but you can also use it full screen and in a special mode called Unity, that removes the frame of the operating system entirely. First, let's make sure that VMware Fusion is open. When you launch, you'll see the Virtual Machine Library. This contains all of the VMs you have created with Fusion and gives you access to settings, snapshots, and control of all of your virtual machines. You can view your VMs in a list view or as icons.
In the list view, you can add notes to the VM to indicate that it's configured for a specific testing scenario or other notes. Below, it also shows the amount of storage used to save your virtual machine on your host. I have a Windows 7 VM suspended, and we can walk through how to use the window controls and customize the interface of the VM. When I resume the VM, it displays Windows 7 in a windowed mode. I can change the size of the window and the desktop of the VM scales with the window.
This autofitting of the guest VM only happens when you use the VMware tools. If you're running a legacy operating system or don't have the VMware tools installed, your VM will not resize to the window. In addition to the windowed view, you can also run the VM full screen. To do this, open the View menu, and select Full Screen. Now the VM will take up the entire screen of your Mac. When it uses Full Screen, it uses the multiple desktop feature of OS X. Using the swiping gesture on your trackpad or by pressing Control and the left arrow key, as you alternate between the left screen view and the OS X desktop.
Press Control and right to go back to the Full Screen view. While you're in the Full Screen view, your VM has control of your mouse. To break control, press the left Control and Command keys at the same time. You can then move the mouse to the top of the screen and display the menu bar and window commands that are autohidden when the Full Screen mode is on. Moving off of these areas rehides them and restores the Full Screen view. The last mode is something very unique. It's called Unity mode. Unity mode removes the desktop, frame, and chrome of the guest operating system, and lets the applications you're running in the VM look like they're running on the host computer desktop.
This mode only works with Windows guests. It is incompatible with Linux installations. To start, with the VM running, I'm going to go to the top menu bar, and select from the View menu, Unity. You'll see that the VMR Fusion window and application appear to go away. In reality, it is still running, but it is hiding the wrapper of the operating system. In Unity mode, there are two ways to access your applications. The first is to right click on the VMware icon in the dock. Using the flyout menu, you can navigate the start menu of your VM.
When you click on an app like Windows Explorer, it will launch the window and have it look and behave like any other window on your Mac. You can also open apps from the Fusion icon in the menu bar. Make sure that you're working with the correct VM and you can access things like your computer, documents, as well as all programs that are currently in the start menu for your VM. Next to the VMware icon in the menu bar are the taskbar icons that would ordinarily be in the lower right corner of Windows. If you click on these, you can access their options directly within OS X.
If you notice, you'll see the icons appear in the dock as well. You can minimize Unity windows to the dock and restore them. You can also keep VM apps and windows in the dock as well, and launch them from there. If I go down to the bottom and open the dock, right click on the Windows Explorer, go to Options, and select Keep in Dock. If I close the window, it'll still appear inside of the dock. When you click on the app in the dock, it will launch VMware, start the VM, if necessary, and then open the app in Unity mode.
Let's go ahead and try that. I'm going to go back to the Virtual Machine Library and suspend Windows 7. I'm also going to quit VMware Fusion. So, now the VMware and the VM is not running. But if I open up the dock, I'll still see that Windows Explorer, for the Windows 7 VM, is still available for me to launch. If I click it, it'll launch VMware Fusion, restore the VM back into Unity mode, and then display the window. It might take a few seconds for everything to load, but ultimately, the window or application will launch and display in the Mac.
To exit Unity mode, select VMware Fusion, and go to the View menu, and select either Single Window or Full Screen. This will collect all the windows back into a windowed mode or full screen view. So, as you can see, VMware Fusion can work with your VMs in multiple ways. Either in a windowed form, a full screen form, or in an immersive Unity form that hides the operating system and makes the apps look and feel like they're running on the host computer.
- Installing VMware Fusion 8
- Setting up virtual machines
- Setting up a custom virtual machine
- Setting up file sharing
- Managing virtual snapshots