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macOS Sierra: How to exclude a virtual machine from being stored in iCloud Drive

  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition
  • Parallels Desktop
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition


  • I have installed or upgraded to macOS 10.12 Sierra, and I want to enable Store files from Documents and Desktop in iCloud Drive option, but I don't want my virtual machine to be stored in iCloud, as it takes too much disk space.

  • I want to exclude my virtual machine(s) from being stored in iCloud Drive.


The default folder for Parallels virtual machines is Documents.


Move your virtual machines to another location

  1. Quit Parallels Desktop for Mac
  2. Open Finder > navigate to Documents > Parallels
  3. Open another Finder window with the directory where you want to move your virtual machine(s). We recommend you create a Parallels folder in home user directory.

  4. Drag and drop the virtual machine bundle from current directory to the new one.

    IMPORTANT: Double-click the virtual machine bundle after moving it to the new directory to register it in Parallels Desktop for Mac.

  5. Go to the Apple menu > System Preferences > iCloud > (enable iCloud Drive) > Options... > check Desktop & Documents Folders option > click Done.

Change the default folder for the new virtual machines

To change the default folder for the new virtual machines, go to Parallels Desktop menu > Preferences... > General, and specify desired location for the new virtual machines.

NOTE: For the new users who install Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac on macOS 10.12 Sierra the default folder for virtual machines will be /users/username/Parallels/.

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