How many macOS guests does Parallels Desktop allow to run

Discussion in 'macOS Virtual Machine' started by SergeyP6, Feb 25, 2022.

  1. SergeyP6

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    Hello.
    I have an a2348 model mac mini (which is an 8-cores M1, 16GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, with macOS Monterey 12.2.1), and I'm picking virtualization software that will allow running several MacOS guests on the Mac mini (I'm going to test a developing software on different MacOS versions).
    Has the Parallels Desktop 17 a limit of simultaneously running MacOS guests? How many MacOS guests will I be able to run on my Mac mini if to use the Parallels Desktop 17? Please advise.
     
  2. MatthewR20

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    The Apple Software License Agreement limits the number of concurrently running macOS VMs to 2.
     
  3. Mustafa3

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    Hey, I'm looking for creating as many guest VMs as I can on an M1 Mac mini as well. Did you figure out how many one can?
     
  4. After Hours

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    I've just learned any Mac running Apple silicon can only run OS12, nothing earlier is supported. While this is a small disappointment, it's a huge embarrassment to me as I've been touting Parallels to clients and colleagues for many years. Being able to have development environments from OS 10.6 to OS12, Windows 95 to Windows 11, and Ubuntu on one machine has been lovely. I recommended a client use Parallels after they bought a M1 Mac replacement, but need to run 10.11 in emulation for some abandonware they use at work. Imagine my surprise when they sent me the error messages attempting to create a VM for their old software. A quick email to customer support resulted in a quick and informative reply. Parallels is an outstanding product, but they need to be VERY transparent regarding their product usefulness during this Apple transition of hardware. Seems a bit more painful than the PowerPC->Intel transition years back. The website presently seems to gloss over this limitation with its absence of forthrightness on the topic prior or during purchase. How many guest OS VMs can you have? As many as you want, as long as it's Mac OS12, Windows 10, 11 and some linux flavors. Nothing prior, apparently.
     
  5. AnkitR3

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    Hi, thanks.
    I've found this thread useful for me.
     
  6. DebasmitaM

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    Hello, please reach us back for any further queries.
     
  7. AnkitR3

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    Yes, If I'll found any further issues then sure.
    Thanks for your support.
     
  8. Nazeemabanu@P

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    Yes, it is possible to create multiple VM's with Parallels Desktop for Mac. Kindly help us with the version and edition of Parallels Desktop for Mac for further assistance. Thanks
     
  9. MatthewR20

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    The Apple Software License Agreement limits the number of concurrently running macOS VMs to 2.
     
  10. Aries@PF

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    Weird how they do that with the M series and yet I can run as many as I have hardware for on Intel.
     
  11. AHunter3

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    Yeah, I never have Snow Leopard NOT running (because I still use Eudora as my everyday email client, believe it or not) and although I don't have all the others booted simultaneously I've had two or three others going at times.
     
  12. MatthewR20

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    On Apple Silicon Macs Parallels is using the official Virtualization framework created by Apple which enforces the limit set in the macOS license agreement. On Intel Macs Parallels does not use the Apple Virtualization framework so the limit is not enforced even though this legal limit has been in every version of macOS for the past 10 years.
     

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