First of all, I am very excited to say that I'll be moving to Mac OS very soon. However, I am tethered to Windows for my work and I travel. My plans are to purchase a Mac Pro to use in the office as well as a laptop of some kind. I spend most of my day working on the desktop and travel 50% of the time. My work is always in Windows. Therefore, I always have to contend with sync issues between my desktop and laptop. What I was hoping to do was to basically run my work off of a virtual machine. That way, I can basically move my VM back and forth (since it's really a group of files). I believe I can achieve this via several scenarios which I am not too sure about:
1. Get a MacBook Pro and run bootcamp on it and create an XP partition
2. When I am traveling, and doing my work on my MacBook Pro, I can just boot directly into Windows.
3. Question here is, can I use Fusion on my Mac Pro (desktop) and have it reference/start the Bootcamp image on my laptop via shared directory or whaver if they are on the same network (like they are in my office)? My guess is no because it's actually a partition and not a file/directory - moreover, I believe Fusion only polls the machine it's physically running on for Bootcamp partitions - please confirm.
Another option would be to:
1. Get a MacBook Pro (or any other laptop if Fusion can run on non-Mac-OS platforms) and run Fusion on it and create a VMWare VM of XP on the laptop.
2. Share the drive of the MacBook Pro on the network
3. Run Fusion on the Mac Pro (desktop) and have it use the VM files off of the shared MacBook Pro drive - is this possible?
4. Even if this works, I know I will forever be running a VM instead of native boot (like BootCamp). I know performance will suffer a bit (hopefully my Mac Pro's 8 cores will make up for that). Moreover, I know it would have limited driver support on the XP side.
What I want to do is use the horsepower behind my Mac Pro when I'm in the office and use the files/OS that is on my laptop so when I travel, all the stuff is there and up to date.
Any other suggestions? Your help is GREATLY appreciated.