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Control a Virtual Machine with Actions using Parallels

Last Updated: Mar 14, 2013 12:14PM UTC

This second tip on Virtual Machines is dedicated to use Actions in conjunction with Parallels.

The process is very easy. To connect you need to:

1 - configure properly the network settings for your virtual machine‚Ä®
2 - install ActionsServer and iTunes in the virtual machine to get connected with Actions

Let's start!

1 - Configure network for your Virtual Machine

First open Parallels then go to the main menu Virtual Machine > Configure... to open the control panel for your Virtual Machines. Then select the machine you want to run Actions, choose the Hardware tab and select Network, you will see this window.

From the connection type choose airport. Then ignore a new Mac address generation and keep unchecked the last option “send the host’s MAC address to DHCP server”.


2 - Install Actions Server and bonjour services

Now run your Virtual Machine.
You need to install in it two elements:
- ActionsServer
- iTunes, or just the bonjour components

Download the latest version of Actions Server form our website

Or alternatively use these direct links for the Windows version for the Mac version

Now you need to have Apple’s Bonjour service on your VM in order to be automatically discovered by Actions.
If you have iTunes installed in your Virtual Machine, you already have its components ready. 

If you do not have iTunes installed, download it from this link (then install it).

If you are not interested in iTunes for your VM you can just download the Bonjour services from this link:
(Once you have installed bonjour services in your VM you don't need to make any additional settings)

Now you have all you need to connect Actions and your virtual machine.

Let's make a final check to be sure.
Right click on the tiny bolt icon of ActionsServer to open its preferences, then go to Network.
You should see something like this in the Server field, with a server name and a valid IP address.

Just open Actions in your iPad, go in the Network panel and you will see your VM name in the list.
‚Ä®Alternatively, if you don’t see immediately the VM name in the list of available computers write down its address in the custom IP Address.

Tap it and you are done.

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