How do you install Parallels Desktop 4 on multiple accounts on a Mac?

Discussion in 'Installation and Configuration' started by ShoutingMan, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. ShoutingMan

    ShoutingMan Bit Poster

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    I installed Parallels Desktop 4 on my Mac with no troubles. It worked perfectly and I've had no troubles with mouse synch, Coherence, etc.

    My wife logged into her account on the machine, ran Parallels Desktop 4 for the first time, and was confronted with a new installation option. She canceled the installation wizard and quit Parallels. I'm trying to make it work correctly, now.

    I can run Parallels and connect and run my BootCamp WinXP VM. However, Parallels Tools doesn't seem to install, there's no mouse synch, Parallels (in a window) won't auto-scale the WinXP resolution to fit, it's sluggish, and the Windows New Hardware Wizard appears everytime asking to download Live updates.

    I searched the documentation (both built in the PD4 downloadable PDFs) for "user accounts" and "accounts" and can't find anything in the morass of technicalia.

    What do I do to get it working on a second account as on the first account I?
     
  2. ShoutingMan

    ShoutingMan Bit Poster

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    Trying to fix things, I corrupted my working virtual machine. I deleted the virtual machine in my main account and re-imported my Parallels 3 BootCamp VM and got that working again.

    In my wife's account, I try to open the VM, saved in /Users/Shared/Parallels/Microsoft Windows XP.pvm, and I get the error
    This error is not the help of the KB.
     
  3. estrelnikov

    estrelnikov Parallels Support

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    You should change the Mac address of your VM -- click Configure -> Network Adapter 1 -> Mac address Generate button
     
  4. ShoutingMan

    ShoutingMan Bit Poster

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    I found some old post that referenced an outdated instruction manual that had half-correct instructions on cloning a VM, to make it work on other use accounts.

    In Parallels 3, this just worked without any particular setup. I can't imagine why an upgrade made things less useful.

    This should be included in the Parallels 4 instructions, not relegated to outdated, online-only notes.
     
  5. John@Parallels

    John@Parallels

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