I recently had the need to upgrade my MacBook Air to a newer model. Because I made such heavy use of VMware Fusion on my Mac, I struggled with whether or not I should simply buy a MacBook air with a quad core processor and 8 GB of RAM, but my wallet and need to travel lightly won out and I purchased a MacBook Air with these specs:
- Dual core 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5 processor
- 4 GB RAM
- 256 GB solid state drive
I’ve thrilled with my decision. I ran Fusion with Windows 7 on an older MacBook Air with less-than-stellar results. On this unit, however, things just fly! I installed Windows 7 from an ISO installed on an external drive in less than 6 minutes — that’s from starting up the newly created Windows 7 virtual machine to being able to interact with the desktop. It’s been a very long time since I’ve installed Windows that quickly on any virtual machine!
Given this outstanding result, I needed to share this success with virtualizationadmin.com readers. If you’re worried about whether or not an Air can handle your virtualization needs, never fear!