Parallels Desktop for QA testing?
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So with the death of Flash now comes transitioning my work to HTML5/CSS/JS. I don't create sites but banners, standard and rich media, which is just moving over with certainty now. And along with that comes with QA testing on different browsers, OS's, devices, etc.
Wondering if any of you fine folks have any experience with using Parallels Desktop for Mac and running different versions of Windows for QA Testing (mainly for testing stuff on the IE's). I'd like to avoid having separate computers and would like to run it all on my work iMac which fits nicely on my desk.
I'm also looking into using Ghostlab for testing with them all as well.
Looked into Browser Stack / Sauce Labs but it's just too slow and compressed to work efficiently.
Let me know your thoughts.
I use Virtual Box and Microsoft provides virtual machines with IE 6 to IE 11 here:
- Interesting, will look into this as well. Thx!fyoucher1
- This looks like a great option. Says expires after 90 days. Do I need to keep re-installing?fyoucher1
I run parallels and several versions of windows... Set it up years ago and don't remember any hangups - getting your networking sorted and having local URL's pointing back to your Mac was a bit of an issue. But there is enough info out there to get things running.
Its CPU intensive and has some features that I could do without (PC apps available to OSX etc)
- Cool thx for the info!fyoucher1
@fyoucher1 yeah you just download a new image and add it to virtual box / vmware.
If you don't I think they shutdown after a few minutes.
Oh and no installing of course since these are VMs with everything set up already.
- Sweet thx much! Yeah, wondering if it'll just be easier to spend a few hundred bucks, and get Windows OS's so I don't have to do that.fyoucher1
- nah it's not a big deal, unless you depend on other software installed on the VM... if you only need IE I think this is reasonableernexbcn
vmware all the way
I'm not a developer but I've used Parallels for years. It's legit so you don't have to worry about it not being "true" Windows. I also used VMWare about 5 years and that worked just as well.
In Parallels you are supposed to be able to share a clipboard with Mac OS but that doesn't always work.
Yeh just got Parallels 10, Like that the ModernIE VM stuff that ernexbcn mentioned and Android OS comes with it. Think I'm all set. Thanks everyone!
Gotta look into the Ghostlab thing now...
- Installed most versions of Windows and every version of IE already. This'll save so much time and lootfyoucher1