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Virtual machine fails to start with "Can not allocate memory for the VMM purposes" error

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac Standard Edition
  • Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac Standard Edition

Symptoms

  • I can't start Windows virtual machine with error "Can not allocate memory for the VMM purposes"

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Resolution

  1. Open virtual machine's configuration menu -> go to Hardware tab -> Boot Order -> To the 'Boot flags' field please insert:

    vm.mem_anonymous=1
    

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  2. Close the configuration window and start the virtual machine.




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