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New Desktop For Mac

1/24/2022

The influx of Mac® computers in businesses has made the ability to run Windows applications on Mac an absolute necessity. Since that need has long been addressed by Parallels Desktop® for Mac Business Edition, a lot of companies should be happy to know that this top-of-the-line variant of Parallels Desktop—the #1 solution for running Windows, Linux and other popular operating systems on Mac without rebooting—is getting a brand-new update.

The new version, Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac Business Edition, comeswith all the awesome new features and capabilities of Parallels Desktop 15, including:

  • Extensive support for macOS® Catalina features – Users can take advantage of the Sidecar feature in Catalina to extend the screen real estate of Windows applications running on their Mac computer onto their iPad®. You can then use the new Apple Pencil® support to make changes in those applications using Apple Pencil.
  • DirectX 11 support via Apple® Metal API – This extremely powerful feature boosts the ability of graphics-intensive Windows applications and games to run on Mac computers much faster and more efficiently. Examples include Autodesk Revit 2020, Autodesk 3ds Max 2020, Lumion, ArcGIS Pro 2.3, Master Series, Madden 19, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, Crysis 3, Anno 2205, Railway Empire, Space Engineers and Risk of Rain 2.
  • More integration points – Parallels Desktop 15 has the greatest number of integration points ever. A few examples include the ability to save Windows passwords in Keychain, drag and drop files from Safari and attach a file from the macOS desktop to a Windows-based Outlook email through a context menu (as shown in the below video).

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac 2021 makes it easy to track expenses, send invoices, and more. It includes flexible and time saving insights so you can focus on what matters. AppleCare+ for Mac Every Mac comes with a one-year limited warranty and up to 90 days of complimentary technical support.AppleCare+ for Mac extends your coverage to three years from your AppleCare+ purchase date and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage protection every 12 months, each subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299. The power of Mac. Dedicated apps for music, TV, and podcasts. Smart new features like Sidecar, powerful technologies for developers, and your favorite iPad apps, now on Mac.

These are just some of the many features in Parallels Desktop 15. While that might be enough to whet the appetite of the average Mac and Windows user, enterprise power users will be delighted to know that Parallels Desktop Business Edition offers even more.

Some of the hottest new features in Parallels Desktop 15 BusinessEdition include:

  • Ability to connect/mount physical disks to a virtual machine (VM) and treat them as internal disks – This means that users can install Windows or another OS on that disk. They can also boot to that installed OS and use non-native Boot Camp® installations.
  • Virtual Trusted Platform Module (vTPM) support – Some Windows security features now require the presence of a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip in order to work. In the virtualization world, the analog to the TPM is (as you might have guessed) the virtual TPM. Bitlocker’s full-disk encryption, the Windows Hello PIN, Virtual Smart Card logons and many others all require a vTPM when used in a VM. With the new vTPM support, companies can now enforce stringent security policies on users who run Windows on Mac (see Figure 1).
  • UX consistency throughout the enterprise – Whenever Mac laptops and physical desktops are shared by more than one user, one user may come in and switch to their preferred view mode (say Coherence/Full Screen mode). This can be a problem for the next user who might not know how to switch back to Window mode. In Parallels Desktop 15 Business Edition, it’s possible to lock the display to one view mode and avoid any confusion.
  • Support for DNS requests over TCP in Shared Network mode – This allows organizations to support long DNS lists in Active Directory, while retaining 802.1x authentication and shared networking.
  • Python 3.0 support – Python 3.0 support should be a welcome development for organizations who use the Parallels Virtualization SDK to query, create, delete and manage virtual machines, networks, port forwards and snapshots.
  • Support for archived VM deployment – This allows organizations to use the *.pvmz VM format in a deployment package and reduce the network load and time needed to deliver that package to a target Mac device.
  • Convenient ways of sharing support tickets with other members of a Business account – When one admin creates a ticket, all other admins can automatically view that ticket. What’s more, the ticket creator can also add more ticket watchers—and even add regular members of the business account as ticket watchers. Each ticket watcher will then be able to receive update notifications as well as view the tickets in their respective Parallels accounts.

Learn more about all the features in Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition!

References

ZDNet https://www.zdnet.com/product/parallels-desktop-15-for-mac/
MacRumors https://www.macrumors.com/2019/08/13/parallels-desktop-15-catalina-sidecar-support/
Windows Central https://www.windowscentral.com/how-use-bitlocker-encryption-windows-10
Microsoft https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/identity-protection/hello-for-business/hello-why-pin-is-better-than-passwor
Microsoft https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askds/2016/05/11/setting-up-virtual-smart-card-logon-using-virtual-tpm-for-windows-10-hyper-v-vm-guests/

This post is part of a series to assist new users of Parallels Desktop.

With Parallels Desktop on your Mac, you effectively have two (or more!) computers. So, where should you store the documents you create or work on? In the Mac’s Documents folder? In the Documents folder in Windows 10? Someplace else?

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There are several choices, and each choice has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. In this blog post, I will explain each choice in some detail, so that you may make the best decision for your needs.

The choices are:

Store inside the Windows virtual machine

This is a popular and natural place to store documents created in the Windows virtual machine, especially for documents that may only be opened by a Windows application. For a person who is experienced using Windows, this can be done almost without thought.

Store on the Mac

Keep your documents in the Documents folder on the Mac, as you have always done. When you need to view or edit these documents with a Windows application, just drag & drop them into the virtual machine.

Store in a cloud service

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The straight-forward way: Install the cloud service software on your Mac and in the VM. Unfortunately, this could have a significant negative effect on the storage required on your Mac. Most cloud services store a local copy of your files, and keep these files synched with a copy in the cloud. (Yes, I know that the most recent versions enable you to have some control of the local copies.) If you install the cloud service in both the Mac and the VM, then you will have two copies of your files on the Mac: one copy on the Mac, and a second copy in the VM. Both these copies take up space on your Mac. If you have lots of file in the cloud, this can have a significant effect on the space on your Mac.

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The Parallels Desktop way: Because of this storage issue, several years ago Parallels Desktop added features to share the local copies between your Mac and your VM. Figure 1 shows how to enable these features, and Figure 2 shows these features working.

(iCloud) When you first set up you Mac, the macOS installation process will suggest you store all your documents in iCloud. (BTW, this is not a good choice for a Parallels Desktop user.)

Store in a Shared Folder

Parallels Desktop has a setting to make a Mac folder shareable with Windows. This Parallels Desktop feature was designed to make document storage natural and easy for Parallels Desktop users.

What I do

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I described four options in this article, for storing documents. However, they are not mutually exclusive alternatives. Personally, I use a combination of these, each one chosen to meet a particular set of needs. If I don’t need to share a document with anyone else, then I might store it on the Mac, or in the VM. If I need to share the document with others, then I will use the cloud service that they are using. If I don’t need to share, but do need access both on the Mac and from Windows, then a Shared Folder is the best choice. If I will mostly be using the Mac to author or edit a document, but I need to use Windows for one particular edit (or the reverse), then I will drag the document to Windows for this one edit, then drag it back for the remainder of my work.

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Parallels Desktop provides all choices so that you may pick the one (or two or three) that most closely align with your needs.

Let us know in the comments where you (mostly) store your documents and if you haven’t installed Parallels Desktop yet, feel free to download a 14 day trial.

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