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Sorry about this Donk, appreciate your work.

No problem. Thanks



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Is it possible to do link aggreation on a OS X guest under ESXi 5.5?  Have a box running a 10 Gb interface and alass no VMXNET3 drivers for OS X.



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Working (somewhat) for me on Yosemite.

 

I was running 10.10 under ESXi 5.5u2, but getting some PSODs.  I upgraded to latest patch (ESXi550-201410001), but the crashes seemed to get works (see attachments).  The crashes area all in E1000TX and seem to only occur when the OSX vm is running (although the crash happens when the OSX vm is not running).

 

I've moved to E1000E nics and have been running stably overnight.

 

Thanks for your efforts - any plans for a vCenter patch to enable management of patched ESXi hosts?

 

 

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I am using ESXi 5.0.0 469512 and cannot get any OSX iso to work properly. I found some hacked up 10.8 iso that gets me to the install menu but the virtual SCSI disk is not found under diskutil. When i use a virtual IDE I never get to the install menu. 

 

I have tried Donk Unlocker ver 1.3 and 1.1, both successfully installed (1.3 I had to manually patch my rc.local file being as there is no /etc/rc.local.d/ on ESXi 5.0.0). I have used a few retail DMG's that I've tried converting to iso and renaming to ISO, both unsuccessful. 

 

I've tried various dmg/iso's of OSX 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, all with no luck so far. 

 

Any advice? On a positive note, I had no issues running the unlocker on my windows box with Player6 and installing osx 10.8 with my weirdo iso. 



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I am using ESXi 5.0.0 469512 and cannot get any OSX iso to work properly. I found some hacked up 10.8 iso that gets me to the install menu but the virtual SCSI disk is not found under diskutil. When i use a virtual IDE I never get to the install menu. 

 

I have tried Donk Unlocker ver 1.3 and 1.1, both successfully installed (1.3 I had to manually patch my rc.local file being as there is no /etc/rc.local.d/ on ESXi 5.0.0). I have used a few retail DMG's that I've tried converting to iso and renaming to ISO, both unsuccessful. 

 

I've tried various dmg/iso's of OSX 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, all with no luck so far. 

 

Any advice? On a positive note, I had no issues running the unlocker on my windows box with Player6 and installing osx 10.8 with my weirdo iso. 

 

 

Fixed my problem by converting my dmg with dmg2img. I was using UltraISO. 



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Is it possible to do link aggreation on a OS X guest under ESXi 5.5?  Have a box running a 10 Gb interface and alass no VMXNET3 drivers for OS X.

 

Hello, unfortunately link aggregation on OSX guest does not work very well - the link aggregation is much slower than a single nic. Also passthrough an 10Gb adapter does not work at all. So the only solution would be an VMXNET3 native driver for OSX. Is the VMXNET3 driver for Linux guest OpenSource? By the way for OSX guest the E1000E nic should be used - by setting it manually in the vmx-setting, as the E1000 creates often PSOD.



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So there is NO way to get it running with vcenter? 

 

Also why does vcenter let me create a "Other" "Mac 10.09" and won't let me power it on? (sorry if that's been answered before)



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Using the latest ESXi specific unlocker 1.3.1 you should be able to manage your patched ESXi hosts for all guests except OS X. vCenter Server does additional checks, which have proved difficult to patch, so unless your ESXi host is a 'real' Mac, lots of people using Mini Mac's as ESXi hosts, which allow creation and management via vCenter and the web client, you will have to stick with using the vSphere client directly connected to your ESXi host to create and either the vSphere client or VMware Workstation 10 or later for management.



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So, with ESXi 6.0 imminent, what is the liklihood the unlocker will be adapted to work with it? Last I heard it would be very difficult.



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So, with ESXi 6.0 imminent, what is the liklihood the unlocker will be adapted to work with it? Last I heard it would be very difficult.

 

No change - I can't get it to work.



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Differences of Unlocker 1.3.0 and Unlocker 1.3.1?

 

Hello

I am wondering what are the differences between Unlocker 1.3.0 and 1.3.1 in order to understand why I had no success with 1.3.0 to enable working MacOS-guest but had success with 1.3.1.

On several SuperMicro server boards with Xeon 56XX cpu I have running the latest ESXi 5.5.0 updates (u2) and patches (201412001) together with Unlocker 1.3.0 and had never problems to run MacOSX 10.6, 10.8, 10.9 and 10.10 VM-guests.

On an other server from IBM x3550 M4 with Xeon E-2620 cpu I had running ESXi 5.1 with the latest patches and Unlocker 1.2 and MacOSX-guest (10.6) for a year without any problems. Now I "upgraded" on this server ESXi 5.1 to 5.5.0 by installing a total new instance of ESXi 5.5.0 (starting with 5.5.0 u1) to a new USB-medium and applied all following updates and patches. Thereafter I switched in the ESXi host configuration the scratch partition to a installed SSD as I did before under ESXi 5.1 and as I have it on the others servers with the SuperMicro boards and finally installed Unlocker 1.3.0. Unfortunately I was not able to startup now the MacOSX-guests, nor a MacOSX (10.6) installer CD-ROM iso. MacOSX-guests startups were always stopped on the grey Apple logo, and for the MacOSX installer CD-ROM by a spin ball on a void dark grey screen. So far all guest vmx configurations files looked ok, quasi the same as on the well running MacOSX-guests on the SuperMicro servers. After hours I decided to try Unlocker 1.3.1 on the IBM server and thereafter all MacOSX-guests booted and worked correctly and instantly. So I am wondering why Unlocker 1.3.0 "works" on identical ESXi 5.5.0 installations (same upgrades, updates and patches" but not on different hardware and what could be the reasons why Unlocker 1.3.1 works on the "problematic" server hardware?

I would appreciate any hint in order to understand, many thanks in advance.

P.S. 1 : Many thanks to all that have contributed to develop Unlocker and adapt it further!!

P.S. 2 : Is there any way to pass boot parameters on the ESXi 5.5.0 guest boot-efi shell in order MacOSX-guests would boot up in verbose mode? I could not figure out how to pass the -v parameter.


 



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relume,

 

Donk will be able to give you chapter and verse regarding the small differences between 1.3.0 and 1.3.1, but basically as I understand it, 1.3.1 uses a RAM Disk rather than the persistent scratch location to store the files, in some cases the original script leaves the files read only rather than the required read/write, i.e. when the persistent scratch location is on an NFS share.

 

For more insight follow the posts between Donk and Keithl in this topic starting with post #735, link below:

 

http://www.insanelym...cker/?p=2061185



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How come the mods on Tonyx86 ban you for talking about what you guys are talking about?

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