I have a lot of Parallels Desktop virtual machines on my Mac. It’s now exceeded 50, and as a result of that, the standard Parallels method of displaying machine names sometimes leaves me struggling to find the virtual machine that I want to start.
Thanks to Automator though, this is relatively easy to overcome; so I created a Workflow, then compiled it to an app, which prompts me for a machine name, then in the background runs “prlctl start <machine>”. So when I just want to launch a Virtual Machine now, I can click on the launcher app in my Dock, fill in the machine name, and have it started, without having to search through the virtual machine list. It’s not elegant, but it’s going to do the trick for me:
There’s nothing tricky to it, there’s nothing special to it, and there’s certainly no warranty to it. If however you have a lot of Parallels Virtual Machines on your Mac, you may find this is a convenient way to start them without using the main VM window. As such, I provide it free of charge and without support/warranty at http://unsane.info/utils/prl_launch.zip. Once you unzip, there’s 2 files – the original workflow, and the compiled app. If you don’t trust me, feel free to open the workflow in Automator and recompile it as an app yourself. Drop the compiled app into your Applications folder, then drag it into the dock for ease of use, and you’re off and ready to go.