This is really not a post that actually compares these 2 products. but it is my gripes on Parallels, and an apology to VMWare! 🙂
- I use Locations on my Mac to choose the network settings depending on where I am (home, work, other). If Parallels is running, and I switch locations, I get the beachball of death, and the resources on my machine get sucked by parallels until a full crash. I posted an issue on the parallels forums with this. the solution was to suspend the VM, switch locations, then resume it… Bah! that’s quite an slick solution. (This problem remains in 3.0, latest version of Parallels)
- Every so often, the resizing handles of the parallels VM just plain disappear, which get me stuck with an incomplete window where I can’t reach most of the elements, not even a force quit would resolve it. I have to restart my Mac. Hmm.. that’s pretty sweet… This was resolved in 3.0 version.
- Resources on my Parallels were peaked out everytime I started a VM … and performance was sluggish at best. even with a VM that has 1Gb of RAM, and my mac has 3Gb, I always end up with about 400Mb of RAM left when a VM is running. There is not even an option to run more than one VM at the same time. On my VMWare workstation instance, this was a no brainer. the physical RAM was indeed all (minus host OS RAM requirement) available for the VMs.
- Hard disk space with parallels has been exceptionally bad. I’m not sure what causes it, and why the Parallels compressor has such a big foot print, but it was bad, and I never was left with more than 6Gb of space on my hard drive, even after running Compressor. In my last episode of my Parallels VM horrors, I had done enough to restore 11Gb of space back on my hard drive, and every time I turned on my VM, my hard drive would start chirping along, with my system pretty much unusable, and I watch my hard drive space being eaten away by the VM for no reason at all. I would turn on my VM at 7:30am with 11Gb of space, by 9:00am, I have about 500Mb of my drive left, at which time, I just had to terminate the VM in order to avoid crashing my system. Very nice! Parallels!