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vmware unlocker

Mac OS X Unlocker for VMware V2.0

Please ask questions in this thread http://www.insanelym...s-x-unlocker-2/
1. Introduction

Unlocker 2 is designed for Workstation 11, Player 7, ESXi 6 and Fusion 7.

If you are using an earlier product please continue using Unlocker 1

Version 2 has been tested against:
  • Workstation 11/12 on Windows and Linux
  • Player 7 & Workstation Player 12 on Windows and Linux
  • Fusion 7/8 on Mavericks and Yosemite
  • ESXi 6.0
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 VM creation
  • Fix libvmkctl.so on ESXi 6 to allow use with vCenter

  • Download a copy of the latest VMware Tools for OS X
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 11 and Player 7.

The vmwarebase code does not need to be patched on OS X or ESXi 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.

The code is now Python as it makes the Unlocker easier to run and maintain on ESXi.
There are some challenges to write the code as ESXi has a subset of Python 2.7 which
constrains some modules that can be used.

2. Prerequisites

The code requires Python 2.7 to work. Most Linux distros, ESXi and OS X ship with a compatible
Python interpreter and should work without requiring any additional software.

Windows has a packaged version of the Python script using PyInstaller, and so does not
require Python to be installed.

3. Limitations

If you are using VMware Player or Workstation on Windows you may get a core dump.

Latest Linux and ESXi products are OK and do not show this problem.

IMPORTANT:

If you create a new VM using version 11 hardware VMware will stop and
create a core dump.There are two options to work around this issue:
1. Change the VM to be HW 10 - this does not affect performance.
2. Edit the VMX file and add:
smc.version = "0" |
4. 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".

win-install.cmd - patches VMware
win-uninstall.cmd - restores VMware
win-update-tools.cmd - retrieves latest OS X guest tools

5. Linux

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

You may need to ensure the Linux scripts have execute permissions
by running chmod +x against the 2 files.

lnx-install.sh - patches VMware
lnx-uninstall.sh - restores VMware
lnx-update-tools.cmd - retrieves latest OS X guest tools

6. 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 OS X scripts have execute permissions
by running chmod +x against the 2 files.

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

7. 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 ESXi scripts have execute permissions
by running chmod +x against the 2 files.

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

Note:
1. 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.
2. The unlocker runs at boot time to patch the relevant files and it now survives
an upgrade or patch to ESXi as local.sh is part of the persisted local state.

8. Thanks

Thanks to Zenith432 for originally building the C++ unlocker and Mac Son of Knife
(MSoK) for all the testing and support.

Thanks also to Sam B for finding the solution for ESXi 6 and helping me with
debugging expertise. Sam also wrote the code for patching ESXi ELF files.


History

12/12/14 2.0.0
  • First release
13/13/14 2.0.1
  • Removed need for Python for Windows
13/13/14 2.0.2
  • darwin.iso was missing from zip file
02/01/15 2.0.3
  • Added EFI firmware files to remove Server check
  • Refactored Python code
07/01/15 2.0.4
  • Added View USB Service to Windows batch files
  • Fixed broken GOS Table patching on Linux
18/06/15 2.0.5
  • ESXi 6 working
  • Latest tools from Fusion 7.1.2
20/06/15 2.0.6
  • ESXi 6 patch for smcPresent vCenter compatibility
16/09/15 2.0.7
  • Workstation 12 on Linux fixes
14/11/15 2.0.8
  • Player 12 on Linux fixes
  • Get latest VMware tools command
  • Removed firmware files
  • Moved to PyInstaller 3.0

© 2011-2015 Dave Parsons

What's New in Version 2.0.8 (See full changelog)

  • 12/12/14 2.0.0
  • - First release
  • 13/13/14 2.0.1
  • - Removed need for Python for Windows
  • 13/13/14 2.0.2
  • - darwin.iso was missing from zip file
  • 02/01/15 2.0.3
  • - Added EFI firmware files to remove Server check
  • - Refactored Python code
  • 07/01/15 2.0.4
  • - Added View USB Service to Windows batch files
  • - Fixed broken GOS Table patching on Linux
  • 18/06/15 2.0.5
  • - ESXi 6 working
  • - Latest tools from Fusion 7.1.2
  • 20/06/15 2.0.6
  • - ESXi 6 patch for smcPresent vCenter compatibility
  • 16/09/15 2.0.7
  • - Workstation 12 on Linux fixes
  • 14/11/15 2.0.8
  • - Player 12 on Linux fixes
  • - Get latest VMware tools command
  • - Removed firmware files
  • - Moved to PyInstaller 3.0




i tested wmware workstation 12 pro on intel core i7 ,16 gb ram,ssd 120gb,on host windows 10 enterprise x64 ,and yosemite.iso (retail) but os x it's not working !

i think windows 10 x64 is the problem ?

 

I have win 10 pro x64 with vmware workstation 11 pro and it works perfectly (except a bit laggy on guest os x 10.10, while it is smooth in 10.9)

Running El Capitan with VMWare Workstation 12 Pro on Windows 10 Pro x64.

Until now no problems.

>>If you create a new VM using version 11 hardware VMware will stop and create a core dump.There are two options to work around this issue

 

Does this apply to all VMs or just the OSX VM?

The version of 2.0.7 doesn't work on VMware Workstation 12 Pro (build 2985596), Windows 10. There is not appear the Mac OS X option on New Virtual Machine Wizard.

Unlocker 1 contains the source code. but Unlocker 2 not, why? Is there at somewhere i can download it! Thanks!

2.0.7 does not work with workstation 12 and Windows 10 because there is no x64 directory under

"C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Workstation

in Windows 10, so

"C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Workstation\x64\vmware-vmx.exe"

doesn't exist.

For that matter, "vmware-vmx.exe" doesn't exist anywhere in the Windows 10 installation.

2.0.7 does not work with workstation 12 and Windows 10 because there is no x64 directory under

"C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Workstation

in Windows 10, so

"C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Workstation\x64\vmware-vmx.exe"

doesn't exist.

For that matter, "vmware-vmx.exe" doesn't exist anywhere in the Windows 10 installation.

 

Hello MumblingFumbler,

 

I tried to install the Unlocker 2.0.7 on Windows 10 x64 and Workstation 12, too.

In my installation the x64 directory exists:

 

x64_directory.png

 

I tried the unlocker for the first time today, so I am not really an expert :-)

From what I can tell it is weird that the file vmwarebase.dll should get patched in the installation process, but it has not changed if you look at the modified time stamp:

 

vmwarebasedll_modified_ts.png

Sorry, I was mistaken. My version also had an x64 directory. I actually got the unlocker to work finally. Looks like some sort of permissions problem. I just gave the group 'everyone' full control, and ran the unlocker. You have to make sure that all (and there are a lot of them) VMware processes are shut down. If you want to see the unlocker errors, open a console window in the directory where it resides and run it from there. then the errors show on the console. Don't forget to set the permissions back to read-only once unlocker is done.

Using: Ubuntu 15.04 + Vmware Workstation 12 Player

 

Install Linux error:

VMware Unlocker 2.0.7
===============================
Copyright: Dave Parsons 2011-15
Creating backup folder...
‘/usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-vmx’ -> ‘./backup/vmware-vmx’
‘/usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-vmx-debug’ -> ‘./backup/vmware-vmx-debug’
‘/usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-vmx-stats’ -> ‘./backup/vmware-vmx-stats’
‘/usr/lib/vmware/lib/libvmwarebase.so/libvmwarebase.so’ -> ‘./backup/libvmwarebase.so’
Patching...
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "./unlocker.py", line 402, in <module>
    main()
  File "./unlocker.py", line 352, in main
    vmx_version = subprocess.check_output(["vmware", "-v"])
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/subprocess.py", line 566, in check_output
    process = Popen(stdout=PIPE, *popenargs, **kwargs)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/subprocess.py", line 710, in __init__
    errread, errwrite)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/subprocess.py", line 1335, in _execute_child
    raise child_exception
OSError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory

I got the same installation problem like dcbasso using Fedora 22 4.2.3


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