How to run Microsoft Visual Studio on Mac using Parallels Desktop

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At Parallels, we love sharing our customers’ success stories! Recently, Tim Goldstein, a leading business intelligence analyst, database architect, and senior developer specializing in the Microsoft SQL server tool set, implemented a more agile development process with Parallels Desktop for Mac. Goldstein’s new process has been a great success and proven Parallels Desktop to be a developer’s “Swiss Army Knife” of productivity! Below are a few quotes from Goldstein himself regarding how Parallels Desktop has helped him stay ahead of the competitive landscape in his personal business:

“Parallels allows me to run a full development environment on Windows, including SQL Server, Analysis Services Server, Visual Studio, and SQL Management console simultaneously with El Capitan. I am running this on an 11-inch MacBook Air with 8 GB of RAM and a two-core i7 processor.”

Not only is the Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio a crucial weapon in a developer’s tool kit but Goldstein leverages success by additionally using Microsoft Visual Studio, CorelDRAW, and Notepad++.

Screen Shot 2016-11-02 Tim Goldstein

Above: “Windows 10 running Microsoft SQL Server, SQL Management Studio (SSMS), SQL Data Tools (a.k.a. Visual Studio) with an SSIS package, and working on an infographic for my speaking/training topic of “Engaging Technical Workers, Getting Business and Technical Staff Communicating” in CorelDRAW.”

Goldstein has additionally leveraged Parallels Desktop to save money for his business. He’s achieved this by not having to own multiple computers to complete his work as a senior developer. Thanks to his love of technology and the people who have helped him have such a great IT career, Goldstein, a Certified High Performance Coach, is simultaneously speaking, training, and mentoring executives on how to understand the mind of the technical worker. He can help you reach your next level just like Parallels Desktop has helped him reach his! In his own words:

“For my personal business in training executives to understand their technical workforce and training geeks to better handle the soft side of interviews, I work entirely on a Mac. Parallels has been a wonderful solution and a much easier company culture to deal with than competitors.”

Connect with Tim Goldstein via LinkedIn here, or check out his personal website here.

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At Parallels, Kayla is the Audience Marketing Manager who yearns for customer storytelling, analytics, & all things Apple. She can be spotted hula hooping around Seattle, hiking the Pacific, or searching for the elusive "perfect cup of coffee."