Users with Macs can still access the VMWare library and MSDNAA library of software. This is usually done in order to run Windows-only software on their Macs.

There are two methods of doing so:

  1. Run Windows in a virtual environment (The piece of software you use for this is called "VMWare Fusion").
  2. Run Windows in a dual-boot configuration (Apple calls this framework "Boot Camp")

Each method has their relative merits and drawbacks.

On the one hand, a virtual machine (VM) is simple to set up, and can be run alongside your day-to-day applications. There is little chance of data loss as no hard drive partitioning is performed. However, it indeed runs slower than a "true" computer. It also uses much of your Macs system resources (RAM and CPU time) so other processes run a little slower while it is running.

Dual-booting your Mac results in a much more robust Windows environment. However, it is a full install of Windows and requires you to shut down the Mac OS and start up your computer into Windows. This also requires a larger amount of disk space, as you are carving off (partitioning) a section of your hard drive to dedicate to Windows. This partition cannot be reclaimed without completely destroying Windows.

(There is a further advanced configuration possible wherein VMWare may actually run Windows from your "Boot Camp" partition. For more information on this see the manual or online help available with the VMWare Fusion install. This procedure will not be discussed here.)

Please choose the method that you prefer and get started:

Virtual Machine:

  1. Log into the SIAT VMWare program.
  2. Complete the "purchase" for VMWare Fusion for Mac and download the installer.
  3. Keep a copy of your serial number handy (hint: it is generated in red text on the "Receipt" page!). You are responsible for your own install information. Don't lose it.
  4. Log into the SIAT MSDNAA program.
  5. Complete the "purchase" of Windows 7 Pro 32-bit (don't bother with Windows 64-bit unless you have 8GB RAM or MORE on your Mac)
  6. Download the Windows .ISO disk image.
  7. Keep a copy of your serial number handy. You are responsible for your own install information. Don't lose it.
  8. Install VMWare Fusion. Register it and update it.
  9. Create a new VM, indicating the operating system ISO you downloaded. Point VMWare at the Windows ISO you downloaded. It will take you through the rest of the install.

WHEN IN DOUBT READ THE MANUAL

Dual-boot (AKA Boot Camp): This procedure requires an 8GB DVD-R or an 8GB USB drive. The utility will FORMAT your USB drive. Data will be lost if you are not careful.

  1. Log into the SIAT MSDNAA program.
  2. Complete the "purchase" of Windows 7 Pro 64-bit (Apple only supports Windows 64-bit. For simplicity we recommend against Windows 8 or 8.1 at this time).
  3. Download the Windows .ISO disk image.
  4. Keep a copy of your serial number handy. You are responsible for your own install information. Don't lose it.
  5. BACK UP IMPORTANT DATA ON YOUR MAC (Neither Apple nor IT Services are responsible for data lost through a failed partitioning operation)
  6. Start /Applications/Utilities/Boot Camp Assistant.app
  7. Boot Camp will take you through the creation of bootable Windows media with the correct drivers for your Mac's model. Leave all check boxes on and proceed. 
  8. Unsert your USB drive or 8GB DVD-R media
  9. Point it to the ISO you downloaded form the MSDNAA program.
  10. Pay attention. Read the manual that the Boot Camp Assistant provides.
  11. The utility should complete and proceed to restart into the Windows installer.
  12. You may be prompted to press a key to start the installer. You may miss this prompt if you aren't paying attention.

WHEN IN DOUBT READ THE MANUAL

IT Services can provide basic pointers and tips on these procedures. However, this information is provided for your benefit. IT Services is not responsible for any installation failures or data loss as a result.