Take Control of Parallels Desktop 12
Take Control of Parallels Desktop 12


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Take Control of Parallels Desktop 12

Last updated on 2016-11-08

About the Book

If you need to run Windows alongside your Mac apps or test macOS 10.12 Sierra while booting safely from 10.11 El Capitan, your solution is at hand with the just-released Parallels Desktop 12, which was the first virtualization app for the Mac when it debuted 10 years ago.

In this book, virtualization expert Joe Kissell explains how beginners can set up a virtual machine to run Windows or another operating system, share files with a virtual machine, and switch smoothly between virtualized apps and Mac apps. For those who are familiar with virtualization in general and previous versions of Parallels, he explores the many preferences and settings you can tweak for specific situations, to increase performance, or to enhance security. Joe also offers tips and directions for connecting peripherals to your virtual machine and discusses snapshots, backups, malware prevention, troubleshooting, and more!

Created in collaboration with the Parallels team, the book focuses on Parallels Desktop 12 Standard and Pro editions, and, where appropriate, it includes details about Parallels Desktop Lite and Parallels Desktop Business Edition.

You’ll find all sorts of useful information whether you’re just getting started with Parallels Desktop 12 or have used previous versions!

You’re a new Parallels user or need a refresher

Begin with a thorough understanding of how Parallels Desktop works conceptually — what it makes possible and how it differs from Apple’s Boot Camp. You’ll also find help with choosing among the four versions of Parallels Desktop, obtaining a copy of Windows, and deciding whether to run Windows in just Parallels or also in Boot Camp.

Joe then walks you through running the Parallels installer and creating your first virtual machine with Windows installed. You’ll learn about installing Parallels Tools and how it can enhance your experience. For instance, it allows your mouse pointer to move seamlessly between virtual machine windows and Mac app windows, and it syncs your clipboard between the virtual machine and your Mac.

With your Windows virtual machine running, Joe teaches you how to perform key tasks like starting and stopping your virtual machine, changing the view and resolution, accessing files and devices, installing a printer, and more.

You’ll also find advice on preventing malware attacks and creating snapshots and backups, as well as directions for installing other operating systems, including macOS, Android, Chromium OS, and many versions of Linux.

You’re upgrading to Parallels Desktop 12 and want to perfect your installation

Come up to speed on the new features and interface changes from Parallels Desktop 11 in Joe’s handy “Learn What’s New” chapter. It provides clickable links to full descriptions of those aspects of Parallels Desktop 12, including better support for multiple displays and Retina displays, pausing of idle virtual machines, and a new Maintenance feature that lets you set a time range for when Windows updates and other tasks may occur. Joe also provides a chapter covering the new Parallels Toolbox utilities.

Those with custom needs will find two detailed chapters that cover a vast assortment of preferences for both Parallels Desktop itself and a particular virtualized machine, enabling you to find the best settings for your needs.

About the Author

Joe Kissell
Joe Kissell

Joe Kissell has written numerous books about technology, including many popular Take Control ebooks, with an emphasis on Apple products. He's also Senior Editor of TidBITS and a Senior Contributor to Macworld, and previously spent ten years in the Mac software industry.

Table of Contents

  • Read Me First
    • Updates and More
    • Basics
    • What’s New in Version 1.2
    • What Was New in Version 1.1
  • Introduction
  • Parallels Desktop Quick Start
  • Learn What’s New in Parallels Desktop 12
  • Understand Parallels Desktop Basics
    • What Is Parallels Desktop?
    • How Does Virtualization Compare to Boot Camp?
  • Install Parallels Desktop and Windows
    • Collect the Ingredients
    • Install Parallels Desktop
    • Create a New Virtual Machine
    • Install Parallels Tools
    • Move to Parallels Desktop from Another Environment
    • Use Parallels Desktop with Boot Camp
  • Use Windows in a Virtual Machine
    • Learn Your Way Around
    • Manage Your Windows State
    • Use Travel Mode
    • Make Your Mouse and Keyboard Behave
    • Switch View Modes
    • Adjust Retina Resolution
    • Work with Multiple Displays
    • Use the Parallels Menu and Windows Dock Menus
    • Share Data and Apps between Host and Guest
    • Connect and Disconnect Devices
    • Adjust Your Network Settings
    • Print from Windows
    • Use Windows Ink
  • Configure Parallels Desktop Preferences
    • General
    • Shortcuts
    • Devices
    • Security
    • Network
    • Advanced
    • Toolbox
    • Access
  • Configure Your Virtual Machine Settings
    • General Settings
    • Options Settings
    • Hardware Settings
    • Security Settings
    • Backup Settings
    • Dev Settings
  • Protect and Manage Your Virtual Machines
    • Keep Windows Safe from Malware
    • Save and Restore Snapshots
    • Back Up Your Virtual Machine
    • Use Optimized Storage
  • Install and Use Other Operating Systems
    • Add Free Systems
    • Use macOS as a Guest Operating System
    • Using Other Operating Systems
  • Use Parallels Toolbox
  • Troubleshooting Tips
    • General Advice
    • Specific Problems
  • About This Book
    • Ebook Extras
    • About the Author
    • About the Publisher
  • Copyright and Fine Print

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