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    Virtualisation on Mac

    Hi all.

    I need to run Internet Explorer on a Mac for the school because Lloyds TSB are .

    The best balance of stability and ease-of-use seems to be to virtualise a Windows box with IE on the Mac. Dual-booting takes too long and is inconvenient (this won't be needed regularly), and app virtualisation/WINE seems too unstable (needs to be reliable).

    As such, what's everyone's preference for OS virtualisation on a Mac? It'll be a 13" Air if that makes any difference. My options seem to be VMware, Parallels and VirtualBox. I'm most comfortable with VMware personally but have heard good things about Parallels.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Chris

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    I’ve not tried many but I normal use virtual box for work on windows, never tried it on mac. But have just bought VMware Fusion 3 for my Macbook at home and am quite happy with it and a few of my friends who have mac’s use it. Runs quite well on my Macbook 4GB Ram, 2GHz processor

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    I use VMWare Fusion 3 on my mini at home with no problems, using unity you can place Windows applications in the dock to to make them appear to be native to the user.

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    to be honest I dont think it really matters. They will all do what you need and perform adequately. Just use virtual box but only because its free.

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    Use virtual Box, it will allow you to run the VM in the background and then RDP to it. I use Virtual Box on my MacBook for web dev. It happly runs in the background so I can use it. You can just use the command,

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    vboxmanage startvm VMNAME --type headless

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    +1 for virtualbox. I will run in seamless mode like unity. As free if it doesn't work out you've lost nothing but time and can go on to buy one of the other alternatives

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    what about safari or chrome or opera with lloyds tsb site ?

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread...readID=1893522

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    You are all wonderful people, many thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    what about safari or chrome or opera with lloyds tsb site?
    It's specifically the LloydsLink Business page which Lloyds Support have confirmed will not work with anything except Internet Explorer.

    Odd, considering the image they use on that website: Online Services (Support were aware of the irony)

    Cheers,
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    I use virtual box on my macbook running windows xp on it in seamless mode works like a charm. .

    Not cool though about Lloyds stating that it only works with internet explorer only. More and more people are getting on the Mac side with no idea about virtualisation or how to go about it they should look into changing there stance on that but i guess a lot of people have to kick up a fuss about it to make an impact for any big company to do anything about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by north-ict View Post
    Not cool though about Lloyds stating that it only works with internet explorer only. More and more people are getting on the Mac side with no idea about virtualisation or how to go about it they should look into changing there stance on that but i guess a lot of people have to kick up a fuss about it to make an impact for any big company to do anything about it.
    To be fair, the person I spoke to in support said she'd raised the issue with the technical team several times, they were aware of it and would look into it, but there was 'no timescale' on a fix, so I assume it's not a high-priority for them. She also said she'd pointed out using a Mac in the banner image wasn't a particularly clever idea and that they were looking at changing that too...

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    LOL the blunders of big companies

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    I use VirtualBox I just have a WindowsXP VM running to test certain things and run Windows Based Apps :-)

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    Parallels for most things, and VirtualBox for a few images.

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    A lot of work for one application. Why not try Crossover? You dont need to install Windows but I suggest a trial first because its not 100% compatible.

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    There is a free version of wine for mac which will let you install IE as well. I can't say I got very far with it but then I'm not a really a mac man

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