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VMware Unlocker for OS X 1.3.0

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VMware Unlocker Workstation Player Fusion ESXi

Mac OS X Unlocker for VMware
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1. Introduction
---------------

The package is a combination of the Unlocker code written by Zenith432 plus some
fixes and scripts written by myself that wrap the actual unlocker code.

It has been tested against:

* Workstation 8/9/10 on Windows and Linux (32 & 64-bit versions)
* Player 4/5/6 on Windows and Linux (32 & 64-bit versions)
* Fusion 4/5/6 on Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks
* ESXi 5.0/5.1/5.5

The patch code carries out the following modifications dependent on the product
being patched:

* Fix vmware-vmx and derivatives to allow Mac OS X to boot
* Fix vmwarebase .dll or .so to allow Apple to be selected during creation
* Copy darwin.iso if needed to VMware folder

Note that not all products recognise the darwin.iso via install tools menu item.
You will have to manually mount the darwin.iso for example on Workstation.

Also Player is missing vmware-vmx-debug and vmware-vmx-stats files and so an
error is shown during patching as the files are not found. This can be safely
ignored.

OS X guests on ESXi patched hosts cannot be controlled from vCenter, only from
the ESXi host itself. This means power operations have to be run directly on
the server.

The vmwarebase code does not need to be patched on ESXi or OS X so you will see a
message on those systems telling you that it will not be patched.

In all cases make sure VMware is not running, and any background guests have
been shutdown.

2. Windows
----------
On Windows you will need to either run cmd.exe as Administrator or using
Explorer right click on the command file and select "Run as administrator".

install.cmd - patches VMware and copies darwin.iso tools image to VMware
uninstall.cmd - restores VMware and removes darwin.iso tools image from VMware

3. Linux
---------
On Linux you will need to be either root or use sudo to run the scripts.

You may need to ensure the contents of the linux folder have execute permissions
by running chmod +x against the 4 files.

install.sh - patches VMware and copies darwin.iso tools image to VMware
uninstall.sh - restores VMware and removes darwin.iso tools image from VMware

4. Mac OS X
-----------
On Mac OS X you will need to be either root or use sudo to run the scripts.
This is really only needed if you want to use client versions of Mac OS X.

You may need to ensure the contents of the osx folder have execute permissions
by running chmod +x against the 3 files.

install.sh - patches VMware
uninstall.sh - restores VMware

5. ESXi
-------
You will need to transfer the zip file to the ESXi host either using vSphere client or SCP.

Once uploaded you will need to either use the ESXi support console or use SSH to
run the commands. Use the unzip command to extract the files.

<<< WARNING: use a datastore volume to run the scripts >>>

Please note that you will need to reboot the host for the patches to become active.
The patcher is embbedded in a shell script local.sh which is run at boot from /etc/rc.local.d.

You may need to ensure the contents of the esxi folder have execute permissions
by running chmod +x against the 3 files.

install.sh - patches VMware
uninstall.sh - restores VMware

Note:
1. System should have a persistent scratch partition - should be OK except for stateless
and USB boot on drives less than 4GB
http://kb.vmware.com...ernalId=1033696
http://www-01.ibm.co...id=isg3T1013015
http://www.vreferenc...ch-persistence/
2. Any changes you have made to local.sh will be lost. If you have made changes to
that file, you will need to merge them into the supplied local.sh file.
3. This option runs at boot time to patch the releavant files and it now survives
an upgrade or patch to ESXi as local.sh is part of the persisted local state.

6. Zenith432's Unlocker
-----------------------

In all cases the unlocker can be run without the scripts but you would need to
carry out additional actions which the scripts encapsulate for you especially on
ESXi. If you want to run the unlocker directly the parameters are:

Usage: Unlocker [-h] [-u] [target_directory]
-h: print help
-u: remove the patch
target_directory: customize location of vmx executables

On all platforms you must run it with administrator or root privileges.
The source code is provided and Zenith432 makes it freely available for
modification. I have modified the code and it is available as per Zenith432's
original statement.


Thanks to Zenith432 for building the unlocker and Mac Son of Knife for all
the testing and support.


History
-------
11/10/11 1.0.0 - First release
07/11/11 1.0.1 - Fixed typo in Windows command files
07/12/11 1.0.2 - Updated patcher and tools for latest release WKS 8.0.1 & FUS 4.1.1
10/05/12 1.1.0 - Changed the patching mechanism for vmwarebase .dll or .so
& tested against ESXi 5.0 U1 and Tech Previews.
13/07/13 1.1.1 - Changed ESXi scripts to ensure not deleting root /bin folder
- Fixed vmwarebase patching on 32-bit Linux
- Some other code clean-up in Unlocker.cpp
18/09/13 1.2.0 - Updated vmwarebase pattern matching for WKS 10.0.0 & FUS 6.0.0
25/03/14 1.3.0 - New method to run patcher on ESXi
- Fixes crashes when using vCenter
- Tested against ESXi 5.5
- Darwin guest tools from Fusion 6.0.2
- Zip file preserves file attributes for Posix based systems

© 2011-2014 Dave Parsons




@madburg Could you please give me a step by step what you do? I guess I am doing something wrong then.

Hi,

The unlocker 1.2.0 works fine for me (OS X 10.8.5) with Windows 8.1 Pro and WM Workstation 10.

Thanks

Does it work on ESXi 5.5 ?

I installed the latest version of this patch in the latest version of ESX 5.1, it worked great and allowed me to spin up a Mac OS virtual machine in my ESX environment.  After I installed it, I am unable to vMotion any virtual machines to this host.  To test, I uninstalled it and vMotion began to work.  My goal is to patch one host at a time without occurring any downtime to the virtual machines.  This occurred when my hosts were on different versions.  I upgraded all hosts to the latest and greatest for 5.1 and I still encounter the same issue.  I can vMotion a few servers to this host with the unlocker installed, but after that vMotion breaks.  The error I get is Operation timed out.  It gets to 14%, Migrating active state of virtual machine.  I am running VMware ESX Enterprise Plus 5.1.1157734.  Any ideas why vMotion stops working with this patch installed?

I installed the latest version of this patch in the latest version of ESX 5.1, it worked great and allowed me to spin up a Mac OS virtual machine in my ESX environment. After I installed it, I am unable to vMotion any virtual machines to this host. To test, I uninstalled it and vMotion began to work. My goal is to patch one host at a time without occurring any downtime to the virtual machines. This occurred when my hosts were on different versions. I upgraded all hosts to the latest and greatest for 5.1 and I still encounter the same issue. I can vMotion a few servers to this host with the unlocker installed, but after that vMotion breaks. The error I get is Operation timed out. It gets to 14%, Migrating active state of virtual machine. I am running VMware ESX Enterprise Plus 5.1.1157734. Any ideas why vMotion stops working with this patch installed?


The unlocked is only really working for standalone ESXi and there are known issues with vCenter including vMotion problems. I would post in the forum thread for ESXi and ask the folks there for advice http://www.insanelym...-os-x-unlocker/
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bugmenot123
Nov 07 2013 10:31 PM

Just did a clean install of Win7 x64 and I was able to load up OS X Mountain Lion in VM10 without using this or any other unlocker. So what would be the point of using the unlocker in VM10? Just wondering how it could be working now without using an unlocker.

Dears, trying to patch a standalone ESXi 5.5 with v120 I'm returned this:

 

Immagine_1.png

 

ESXi has standard configuration, with 2 datastores.

 

Should I enter maintainance mode before to patch?

 

Any other suggestions?

 

 

Thanks and best regards

I run ESX 5.5 from a SD card slot inside of a Dell PowerEdge R810. Can I assume this is why the installer is failing? 

 

VMware ESXi 5.x Unlocker 1.2.0
===============================
Copyright: Dave Parsons 2011-13
Patching files...
Patching bin/vmx
File mapped @0x3ffdfa04010 length 22929216
Found OSK0 @ 0x3ffe095c265
Found OSK1 @ 0x3ffe095c29d
Found SRVR @ 0x3ffe09ec1f6
Patching bin/vmx-debug
File mapped @0x3ffdfa04010 length 27924264
Found OSK0 @ 0x3ffe0ad68e5
Found OSK1 @ 0x3ffe0ad691d
Found SRVR @ 0x3ffe0b681f6
Patching bin/vmx-stats
File mapped @0x32002740 length 25723136
Found OSK0 @ 0x32f7cb15
Found OSK1 @ 0x32f7cb4d
Found SRVR @ 0x3300d926
Patching vmwarebase is not supported on this platform
Setting permissions...
Creating darwin.tgz...
bin/
bin/vmx
bin/vmx-debug
bin/vmx-stats
addr: 0, sz: 16065572, flags: 5
addr: 0xf54e3c, sz: 3416524, flags: 6
bin/vmx: textPgs: 3922, fixUpPgs: 0
Aligning executable bin/vmx
addr: 0, sz: 17618636, flags: 5
addr: 0x10ce47c, sz: 3529484, flags: 6
bin/vmx-debug: textPgs: 4301, fixUpPgs: 0
Aligning executable bin/vmx-debug
addr: 0, sz: 16203932, flags: 5
addr: 0xf7643c, sz: 3653996, flags: 6
bin/vmx-stats: textPgs: 3956, fixUpPgs: 0
Aligning executable bin/vmx-stats
Adding darwin.tgz to boot.cfg...
Acquiring lock /tmp/bootbank.lck
Copying darwin.vgz to /bootbank/darwin.vgz
cp: error writing to '/bootbank/darwin.vgz': No space left on device
Copying darwin.vgz to /bootbank/darwin.vgz failed: 1

===============================

Copyright: Dave Parsons 2011-13

Patching files...

/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/osxen/unlock-all-v120/esxi/install.sh: line 27: ./Unlocker.ESXi: Permission denied

/vmfs/volumes/52180278-4dc75e9c-6a9e-10604b924c50/osxen/unlock-all-v120/esxi # c

hmod +x /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/osxen/unlock-all-v120/esxi/install.sh

/vmfs/volumes/52180278-4dc75e9c-6a9e-10604b924c50/osxen/unlock-all-v120/esxi # /

vmfs/volumes/datastore1/osxen/unlock-all-v120/esxi/install.sh

VMware ESXi 5.x Unlocker 1.2.0

===============================

Copyright: Dave Parsons 2011-13

Patching files...

/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/osxen/unlock-all-v120/esxi/install.sh: line 27: ./Unlocker.ESXi: Permission denied

/vmfs/volumes/52180278-4dc75e9c-6a9e-10604b924c50/osxen/unlock-all-v120/esxi # cd /

 

Does that look right to you people? ;)

For anyone interested I was able to get this working on a USB stick with a bit of a hack. I did have to install it on a hard drive at first to get the unlock to work but once I did that I was able to remove the extra VMFS partition on the drive using partedUtil from the esxi commandline and then using clonezilla to clone all the partitions to a USB drive. You could technically do this on something as small as a 1GB USB drive if you get rid of the scratch partition too and then recreate it on another drive (which is advisable since you don't want the system writing to your USB on a regular basis). If you use clonezilla use the advanced mode and dont install grub, don't resize partitions, and ignore the size difference as options, then just use the existing partition table from the source drive.


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