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After reading Damien's post about his Win08 Server installation on his MacBook Pro I decided to try and do the same on my MacBook (without the "Pro").

Since I made the switch to the Mac I always did my little home coding on my old laptop or on my work ones, but now I decided to do more coding and less writing and I prefer to do it at my desk on my 20" Cinema Display, so I need to run Visual Studio on my Mac. Here the need to install Windows.

Setting up Windows 2008 Server on the Mac with Boot Camp was pretty easy:

  • Create a partition for the Windows Installation using the Boot Camp Assistant (I allocated 15GB)
  • Insert the installation CD, reboot and install Windows
  • Once Windows loads up you need to install the Drivers from the Boot Camp CD
  • Optimize Windows2008 Server to run as Workstation

I think some drivers are not supported since I cannot use the specific features of Apple trackpad or I cannot use the iSight camera (probably the Vista drivers are not working well on Windows 2008 Server), but most of the Apple hardware is working fine (I hope Boot Camp will be upgraded to support Win2008 soon).

But I'm not that concerned because I want to run Visual Studio while using my and Safari browser, so I installed VMWare Fusion so that I can see Windows apps as if the were native on the Mac.


I still have to install Visual Studio and do some real works, but I'm pretty impressed with the setup for the moment.

posted on Monday, April 7, 2008 12:16 AM

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# re: Running Win2008 on my Mac

Left by Jon Rowett at 4/16/2008 12:14 PM

i'm very interested in this post. whats the perf like (both with Boot Camp and VMWare?)

i installed Vista Ultimate on my 1GB MacBook using Parallels and it was terrible. i really want to run VS2008 at home but i don't want to fork out for a Windows PC...

# re: Running Win2008 on my Mac

Left by Simone at 4/16/2008 12:21 PM

From a performance review I read a few time ago it seems that Parallels runs better XP while Vmware runs Vista better.
I installed both Parallels and Vmware: I've not done any scientific testing yet, but from the first feelings it seems to me that it runs better on Vmware than in Parallels.
I'll do it in the future counting the time it takes to build a few opensource projects like Subtext, CodeCampServer and maybe some bigger ones.
I'll post something in the future about these tests.

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