- Advantages of Dual Boot Macs (and Labs)
- Remember that Boot Camp is Beta
- Creating and Imaging Boot Camp Partitions
- Unattended Install Files for Windows XP
- Post-Install Deployments
- Building a Custom Boot Disk to Use Ghost
- NTFS vs. FAT and the Need for External Storage Support
- Parallels DesktopAn Alternative to Boot Camp
- Locating Images in Mac OS X File System for Mass Deployments
- Integrating Apple Remote Desktop
Integrating Apple Remote Desktop
Another important advantage of Parallels is that it enables you to manage a Mac by using Apple Remote Desktop. Although it might not sound like a huge advantage, it offers you some very nice features. First, Remote Desktop can be used for user support, observation, and interaction. It can also be a powerful deployment tool. When used on a workstation that has Parallels Desktop installed, it offers you an easy way to manage Windows updates as well—you can use Remote Desktop to deploy updated hard drive images for virtual machines.
The process enables you to update a single workstation that is running Parallels and to then copy that hard drive to all Intel Macs using the auto-install functionality of Remote Desktop. This can simplify Windows management for you. It also enables you to easily replace damaged Windows installations or those infected with viruses or spyware.