System Requirements

Parallels Server for Mac can be installed on a server that meets the following hardware requirements:

Parallels Server for Mac Requirements

Hardware Requirements

Intel-powered X86 or x86-64 platform with Intel VT-x support (Apple Xserve or Mac Pro recommended).

Note: To run 64-bit operating systems, an Intel Mac with a Core 2 Duo or Xeon processor is required.


1.5 GHz or higher processor (a 64-bit processor is required for launching 64-bit guest operating systems).

2 GB of RAM (4 GB recommended).

Hard disk space:

3 GB of free disk space for Parallels Server for Mac.
30 GB of free disk space for each virtual machine.

 Ethernet network adapter. Valid IP address.

Other hardware:
 DVD-ROM drive.

The actual number of virtual machines you can run on a Parallels server depends on the resources they require. In general, the more CPU power and memory the server has, the higher is the performance of virtual machines running on it.

Supported Primary Operating Systems

Parallels Server for Mac can be installed on Intel-based Macs running the following versions of Mac OS X:

  • Mac OS X Server v10.5.2 Leopard or later
  • Mac OS X v10.5.2 Leopard or later
  • Mac OS X Server v10.6 Snow Leopard or later
  • Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard or later
  • New! Mac OS X v10.7 Lion

Note: Parallels Server 4.0 for Mac Bare Metal Edition is installed directly on the Mac’s hardware and does not need any operating system for to function.

Supported Guest Operating Systems

Parallels Server supports the following guest operating systems:


  • Windows 2000 (x32)
  • Windows Server® 2003 (x32, x64)
  • Windows XP® (x32, x64)
  • Windows Vista® (x32, x64)
  • Windows 7 (x32, x64)
  • Windows Server 2008 (x32, x64)


  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux 5 (x32, x64)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 (x32, x64)
  • CentOS 5 (x32, x64)
  • CentOS 4 (x32, x64)
  • Ubuntu Linux 9 (x32, x64)
  • Ubuntu Linux 8.10, 9.04
  • Fedora 11 (x32, x64)
  • SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server 10 (x32, x64)
  • SUSE Linux 10 (x32, x64)
  • Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 (x32, x64)
  • FreeBSD 6, 7

Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X Server v10.5 Leopard
  • Mac OS X Server v10.6 Snow Leopard
Parallels Management Console

The Parallels Management Console is a client server application that installs on Windows, Linux or Mac OS X. System Requirements for Parallels Management Console are:

  • Intel-powered Mac or a PC with 700+ MHz Intel-compatible x86 or x64 processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 100 MB of hard disk space for Parallels Management Console installation files
  • Ethernet or WiFi network adapter
Desktop Virtualization
- Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac
- Parallels Transporter
- Parallels Desktop Switch to Mac Edition
- Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition
- Parallels Management-Mac for Microsoft SCCM
Server Virtualization
- Parallels Cloud Server
- Parallels Containers for Windows 6.0 Beta
- Parallels Virtuozzo Containers
- Parallels Automation
- Parallels Automation for Cloud Infrastructure
- Parallels Business Automation Standard
- Parallels Virtual Automation
- Parallels Plesk Panel Suite
- Web Presence Builder
- Parallels Plesk Automation
- Parallels Small Business Panel
- Value-added Services for Hosters
- Parallels Partner Storefront
Services & Resources
- Cloud Acceleration Services
- Professional Services
- Support Services
- Training & Certification