Installing Fusion and creating Windows virtual machine
For this article series, VMware Fusion was used as the virtualization software for Mac. So, before any virtual machines (Windows, Ubuntu / Linux) were created, Fusion software was installed on the Mac. Please refer to the following article for notes on installing Fusion on the Mac:
Installing Fusion on Mac OS X
Then a Windows Vista Ultimate virtual machine was created on the Mac with Fusion software. For notes on creating a Vista virtual machine on Mac, please refer to the following article:
Installing Windows on a Mac with Fusion
Remainder of this article goes through installing MS Office for Windows on that Windows virtual machine.
Recognizing the DVD
When Office DVD is placed in iMac’s DVD drive, it is recognized in Vista’s Windows Explorer without doing anything additional. For this to happen, of course, you need to have the Fusion currently open and the Windows Vista operating system currently running there.
Figure 1. The DVD RW Drive in Vista’s Windows Explorer is the DVD drive from iMac. Office 2007 DVD is in that drive right now.
By right-clicking on the OFFICE12 DVD, you can choose ‘Install or run program’ from the menu. Depending the type of Office 2007 DVD you have, you can choose the appropriate setup program. Microsoft Office comes in several editions - Standard, Professional, Small Business, and Ultimate (couple of other editions for the business licenses).
After entering the license key and accepting the terms, the Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 will get installed on the Vista virtual machine on Fusion, just like it would on Vista installed as the primary (host) OS on a computer.
Figure 2. The default installation of Microsoft Office on a Windows Vista Ultimate virtual machine.
After using the standard installation of MS Office Ultimate, several components of Office Suite are installed. These components include:
- Microsoft Word 2007 - word processing
- Microsoft Excel 2007 - spreadsheet
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 - presentation
- Microsoft Publisher 2007 - publishing
- Microsoft Outlook 2007 - email
- Microsoft Access 2007 - database
- Microsoft InfoPath 2007 - forms
- Microsoft OneNote 2007 - notebook
Figure 3. Various pieces of Office 2007 Ultimate installed on a virtual machine. These pieces include: Access, Excel, Groove, InfoPath, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word. Figure shown is the Fusion window containing Vista virtual machine.
Office needs to be activated (via Internet) before it can be used.
PDF and XPS formats
One of the first things you would probably do after installing Office 2007 is to get the add-in that provides the ability to save files in the PDF format. In order to do this, choose Save As - Find add-ins for other file formats menu item.
Figure 4. Getting the PDF add-in for Microsoft Office 2007. Here it is done from the Word 2007 menu.
Choosing the above menu item will take you to Microsoft’s site to install the add-in. After installation, you can see PDF or XPS choice in the Save As menu.
More Fusion Articles and using MS Office in a virtual environment
The next article goes through using MS Office in a virtual machine environment. Notes and thoughts on performance, usage, user interface, etc. are included in that. Copy-Pasting data and opening files across operating systems are also discussed.
Using MS Office for Windows on a Mac with Fusion
This article series on Fusion goes through a couple of virtual machines created with Windows Vista and Ubuntu operating systems. These articles also go through using popular applications like Microsoft Office, SQL Server, and Visual Studio on these virtual machines created with Fusion. They also discuss the pros and cons of virtual machines, graphics, sound, video, and Internet connections in them.
Article Series: Fusion on a Mac