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Badger3k
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OS X in a Windows world

I start a new job on the 15th and already picked up my laptop... a Mid-2011 MacBook Air. Now I've had a MacBook for a while at home, but never had to use one every day especially to manage a Windows environment.

I was also given a copy of Parallels and Office for Mac, but I'd like to try and stay in OS X as much as possible and not just run a Windows VM or bootcamp it. Any Apps/tools to recommend? Tips/tricks/advice?
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Oedipus

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1 recommendation

Is the intention here to make your life more difficult than it needs to be?


amungus
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America
reply to Badger3k

RDP to whatever you need?
»www.microsoft.com/mac/remote-desktop-client



Badger3k
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Maybe it's some new hire hazing thing, I don't know. I know about RDP and I think Office comes with an updated version or something (box says something about it), just wasn't sure if there was anything else native.
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The WeaseL
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I would personally use a Windows VM on the laptop (I prefer VMWare Fusion, but Parallels is good software too), and operate mostly out of the VM unless there is something you *need* from the OS X side.

I currently use a Macbook Pro in our setup which is all windows, save for one lab of Macs. Which is why I have the MBP, to run ARD. Otherwise I try to operate from the Windows side.

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Aranarth

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Since we only make windows software at work we are seeing some customer using mac buying our software and asking how to run it on a mac.

Customers using Parallels seem to have more issues with the virtual machine crashing and having to be redone than with vmfusion or virtual box.



Badger3k
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Gotcha. I figured I'd be living in a VM most of the time. I didn't have any choice in the matter (obviously) or I would have at least asked for something with 8GB instead of 4GB of RAM. Oh well.
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Kilroy
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Saint Paul, MN
reply to Oedipus

said by Oedipus:

Is the intention here to make your life more difficult than it needs to be?

+1
I'd suggest getting right tool for the job. I'm a Windows guy, but wouldn't even attempt managing an Apple network with a Windows machine. Getting native tools to work can be a chore, I wouldn't want to imaging trying to get a non-native client to work.
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The WeaseL
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reply to Badger3k

One other option I forgot to mention yesterday is use BootCamp and install windows natively. You can wipe out the OS X partition entirely I believe after installing Windows. Or if you prefer to keep it around just in case, you can make it small.
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Badger3k
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said by The WeaseL:

One other option I forgot to mention yesterday is use BootCamp and install windows natively. You can wipe out the OS X partition entirely I believe after installing Windows. Or if you prefer to keep it around just in case, you can make it small.

I may end up doing that in the end. Since I'm not real sure what I'm walking into I didn't want to just walk in with a MacBook Air running Windows to start off with.
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Mike
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Immediately do a 35 zero pass on your SSD to get rid of any traces of MS RDP.

Use CorD - cord.sf.net

Split it off and use Virtualbox. Can load windows whatever and tools for 40gb
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Storage_Guy

join:2006-04-30
Benton Harbor, MI
reply to Badger3k

Sounds like the wrong tool for the job, but that depends on how much day to day administration you will be doing. RDP might be everything you need in a Windows world.

I would just make a Windows 7 VM that you can RDP to when needed. That has worked well for me.



Hall
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join:2000-04-28
Germantown, OH
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reply to Badger3k

said by Badger3k:

said by The WeaseL:

One other option I forgot to mention yesterday is use BootCamp and install windows natively. You can wipe out the OS X partition entirely I believe after installing Windows. Or if you prefer to keep it around just in case, you can make it small.

I may end up doing that in the end. Since I'm not real sure what I'm walking into I didn't want to just walk in with a MacBook Air running Windows to start off with.

If that's the case, why have a Mac to begin with ?


Badger3k
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Because that's what they gave me? I agree, I'm just going with what I've been given.
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