VMware Fusion is a legit tool for corporations.
April 05, 2017

VMware Fusion is a legit tool for corporations.

Fatima Tipu | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with VMware Fusion

IT uses VMware Fusion for a few different things.

Often, we use it to run Windows on our Macs and in my experience, and for the most part, it's been pretty smooth. We use our Windows machine to access different servers, our domain controllers for example. We also use VMWare Fusion to run Windows machines for testing, so that we are able to test IT changes (for example, something with group policy) before pushing them out.

We also use WMWare Fusion to take snapshots as a basis for our Windows image that we use on all of our Windows machines. Other users in the company use VMware Fusion to run a Windows machine on a Mac, as well, so that they can install and use different financial software. We also have developers that use it to run quality assurance testing.
  • Getting around the settings of VMware Fusion is very intuitive, I've never had trouble finding or tweaking a setting (hard disk increase for example).
  • Creating and restoring Snapshots is very easy and useful.
  • Installing and pulling in a previously created VM is very simple.
  • Running VMware Fusion in Unity on a Mac is not always reliable. Sometimes, launching a Windows app just does not work. Either it will not come up or will not run with the same settings I had I opened it in the original VM.
  • Continuing on Unity mode, it just doesn't feel as straight forward and simple as the rest of the program is.
  • Sometimes, after I have been using a Windows VM for a few months, VMware Fusion will say its messed up and ask me to try to repair it, and of course I can never get a successful repair, so I have to recreate the VM.
  • Users using a VM often don't need something as "fancy" as VMware Fusion, and instead can use a free option like Virtual Box, so we waste money on using an extra amount of VMware Fusion licenses.
  • Developers using and IT admins using VMware Fusion for testing saves us time and money. Simply, we know mistakes would take time and money to fix, but VMware is powerful, allows for proper and fast testing.
  • Virtual Box
Virtual Box is a free option, so WMware Fusion is more robust and I'd say more reliable. It's also more appropriate for handling more complex VM setups.
Snapshots are great, set up is easy, pulling in previous VMs is also very easy. For the most part, Windows VMs run well through VMWare Fusion on Macs, but I have personally run into issues where a VM will become corrupt and I can no longer use it. I haven't really seen this issue with users, as their VMs are simpler than mine. Also, sometimes Windows can run a little slowly through VMware Fusion.

VMware Fusion Feature Ratings

Screen sharing
Not Rated
File transfer
Instant message
Not Rated
Secure remote access with Smart Card authentication
Not Rated
Access to sleeping/powered-off computers
Over-the-Internet remote session
Initiate remote control from mobile
Not Rated
Remote management of servers & workstations
Remote Active Directory® management
Centralized management dashboard
Session record
Not Rated
Monitoring and Alerts
Multi-platform remote control
Not Rated