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How to Install Retail OS X 10.6 "Snow" and OS X 10.7 "Lion" under VMware ESXi 5


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Thanks MSok, I may wait and do Mavericks and whatever the latest Workstation version is then. I would hate re-installing all the programs if I must do a clean install. I wish we could simply take our VM's  and upgrade the mac OS when we can and upgrade the host (VMware) . . . without starting all over each time.



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Thanks MSok, I may wait and do Mavericks and whatever the latest Workstation version is then. I would hate re-installing all the programs if I must do a clean install. I wish we could simply take our VM's  and upgrade the mac OS when we can and upgrade the host (VMware) . . . without starting all over each time.

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You can keep your settings, and all your VM's should be available under Workstation 9.0.2, it is only the "Unlocker" that is lost when you upgrade Workstation, and that just needs to be re-run. Sorry for any confusion, so no need to wait.

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I am having an interesting issue; I unlocked using the latest on ESXi 5.1; tried to install both a 10.7 and 10.8 InstallESD; it starts installing fine then just appears to hang; disk activity drops and it just sits there, forever ... any thoughts?

 

 



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Justin,

 

We need a bit more information to be able to help, i.e. ESXi Host spec, ESXi build number and any relevant logs, also confirm your InstallESD.dmg is sourced from the Apple AppStore and the latest Unlocker 1.1.1?

 

The only time I have had this problem is when the InstallESD.dmg or the conversion to .iso is corrupt, this however seems unlikely since you have both 10.7 and a 10.8 versions. Also you are accessing the ESXi host directly via the client, and not via vCenter?



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MSoK ..

 

1. ESXi 5.1 799733

2. Server is a Dell Optiplex 755 (yeah I know LOL don't ask long story); Core2Duo 2.66, 4GB RAM, VTx enabled

3. InstallESD is from App Store; I am registered Apple Developer and the versions I am using came from the App Store once it went GM, so they should be 10.8.0 and 10.7.0 

 

What logs files would you like me to get you? It seems to hang when retriving packages; for ha ha's I started a 10.6 install last night, it has been going for 12 hours but is almost done and the HD is still active so it's slow but it's installing ... in the case of 10.7/8 the HD stops being active and it just sits; when left overnight the install progress bar doesn't move.



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Justin,

 

Looking at the spec of your OptiPlex looks like you have an Intel C2D E6750 processor with VT-x support, so if you are sure VT-x is enabled in BIOS, then I cannot see why the process should just hang, and SL to take more than 12 hours!

 

I have an old HP SFF Desktop with a C2Q Q9400 processor and 8GB RAM running ESXi 5.1 and OS X SL, L and ML running as VM's without issues, install takes maybe an hour max.

 

So I have to assume either you have very little memory or you have a hardware issue, it would be worth upgrading ESXi to 5.1.0 U1 which is build 1065491 and also applying the latest patch (build 1157734), do not forget you will need to re-apply the Unlocker once you have finished applying the patches, and reboot.

 

In terms of the hardware you may need to try an alternative hard drive, and / or see if you can pick up a cheap Q6600 or Q6700 processor, which is supported in your 755 to give it a bit more punch.

 

How long does it take to install say Windows 7 or 8 on your ESXi host?



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MSoK,

 

Usually 30-45 minutes tops ... I have a small cluster I could patch another machine and try it on there to see if the problem replicates; right now I have tried using install media stored on the local datastore and on the iSCSI SAN backend; is there a method which is 'best practice'?



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Justin,

 

Since you have a cluster, and therefore are running vCenter Server, you need to be aware the "Unlocker" is not supported, and may cause issues, have a look at the last few posts in the topic, link below:

 

http://www.insanelym...nlocker/page-26

 

So you may want to try installing on an ESXi host not in your cluster, also all installation and configuration of OS X virtual machines must be done with the vSphere client talking directly to the "Unlocked" ESXi host.

 

In terms of best practice for OS X install on an "Unlocked" ESXi 5.1 host, I would always recommend using the InstallESD.dmg extracted from the downloaded OS X from the App Store, and copy it to an ISO folder located on your Datastore, local if possible but a Datastore located on an iSCSI SAN should also work fine. I have recently written a short How To for Workstation 9 and Player 5, but it is equally valid for ESXi you may want to have a quick read, link below:

 

http://www.insanelym...-9-or-player-5/



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MSoK,

 

I did read those posts; I was doing the install directly connected to the host not to the cluster; at the present I do not have a system off the cluster; I suppose I could detach one and move the VM's to the other systems if need be



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Justin,

 

Sorry, I was just doing a sanity check to make sure we have not missed something obvious, if you are able I would vMotion any live VM's to another host and try detaching one of your hosts, I would probably re run the "Unlocker" once detached, then see if OS X installs any quicker?







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