2 Replies Latest reply: Mar 30, 2012 11:12 AM by ant RSS

    VMware Fusion 4 on a Mac Mini with 2 GB of RAM?

    ant Hot Shot

      Hello.

       

      I am a VMware Fusion 4 newbie, but I have used Workstations in Windows and Linux before. Hopefully, it is not that much different to use Mac version/port.

       

      I am borrowing a Mac Mini that has 2 GB of RAM, and I will need to run localized (Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Japanese) Mac OS X 10.7.x VMs. http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-17096 said this 2 GB of RAM is the minimum requirements. Is this going to be testable and usable at all?

       

      Thank you in advance.

        • 1. Re: VMware Fusion 4 on a Mac Mini with 2 GB of RAM?
          koi Hot Shot
          I am borrowing a Mac Mini that has 2 GB of RAM, and I will need to run localized (Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Japanese) Mac OS X 10.7.x VMs. http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-17096 said this 2 GB of RAM is the minimum requirements. Is this going to be testable and usable at all?

           

          I really doubt it; OS X guests require 2 GB of memory. And OS X guests actually seem to need a minimum of 2 GB; I remember trying to reduce the memory footprint to 1.5 GB and networking (!) didn't work in the guest until I bumped it back up to 2. If the host only has 2 GB, there's not enough  RAM for the host, the guest, and virtualization overhead.

           

          You want a host with at least 4 GB.

          • 2. Re: VMware Fusion 4 on a Mac Mini with 2 GB of RAM?
            ant Hot Shot

            koi wrote:

             

            I am borrowing a Mac Mini that has 2 GB of RAM, and I will need to run localized (Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Japanese) Mac OS X 10.7.x VMs. http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-17096 said this 2 GB of RAM is the minimum requirements. Is this going to be testable and usable at all?

             

            I really doubt it; OS X guests require 2 GB of memory. And OS X guests actually seem to need a minimum of 2 GB; I remember trying to reduce the memory footprint to 1.5 GB and networking (!) didn't work in the guest until I bumped it back up to 2. If the host only has 2 GB, there's not enough  RAM for the host, the guest, and virtualization overhead.

             

            You want a host with at least 4 GB.

            Thank you. http://osxdaily.com/2011/06/07/mac-os-x-10-7-lion-system-requirements/ confirms that 2 GB of RAM minimum requirement. I will have to get more 1067 MHz DDR3 RAM for the host then. I wonder if I can add more to keep the old ones that came in this Mini.