Here are some new VMX settings that will help you make OS X running in VMware look more like a real Apple Mac. I have only tested on Workstation 10 running on Windows 7, so I cannot guarantee that this will work with other VMware versions and OS. These settings may help overcome some issues such as running the Messages application. If you check the system details before making these changes this is what you can expect to see.
Hardware Overview: Model Name: Mac Model Identifier: VMware7,1 Processor Speed: 2.53 GHz Number of Processors: 2 Total Number of Cores: 2 L2 Cache (per Processor): 256 KB L3 Cache (per Processor): 12 MB Memory: 4 GB Boot ROM Version: VMW71.00V.0.B64.1308231723 SMC Version (system): 1.16f8 Serial Number (system): VMWVk21tM5F4+1Uty1UOSqjAQ Hardware UUID: 00000000-0000-1000-8000-000C292AA301
and from ioreg utility:
localhost:~ vmware$ ./system.sh VMware7,1 VMWVk21tM5F4+1Uty1UOSqjAQ 440BX Desktop Reference Platform
Let's swap these out for some genuine looking Apple settings.
Firstly, you need to have a running OS X guest and a copy of Chameleon Wizard to generate the relevant IDs. I also suggest you take a snapshot first just in case you make a mistake.
Step 1 - Create unique identifiers
Fire up your OS X guest and run the downloaded copy of Chameleon Wizard in the guest. We are not going to be using the Chameleon boot loader just using the wizard's capability to generate various identifiers such as serial number and board-id.
Click on the SMBIOS button
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Select a model and other parameters to generate a spoof ID.
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In this example I have created a MacBook Pro 6.1 with a re-manufactured serial number. Please do not re-use these but generate your own to make sure everything you do is unique. The 3 pieces of information you need to copy to the host are:
- Product Name
- Board Product
Now close down the guest ready for the next step.
2. Edit the VMX file
Open the VMX file for your guest in a text editor and add the following lines:
board-id.reflectHost = "FALSE" board-id = <board-id> hw.model.reflectHost = "FALSE" hw.model = <product-name> serialNumber.reflectHost = "FALSE" serialNumber = <serial-number> smbios.reflectHost = "FALSE"
board-id.reflectHost = "FALSE" board-id = "MAC-F22589C8" hw.model.reflectHost = "FALSE" hw.model = "MacBookPro6,2" serialNumber.reflectHost = "FALSE" serialNumber = "RM129481AGW" smbios.reflectHost = "FALSE"
Make sure you do not have any duplicate lines or VMware will not load the guest and give you a dictionary error message. The "board-id.reflectHost " is normally added from the new VM wizard and set to trye so make sure you set it to false.
Save the VMX file start the guest.
Step 3 Check the system
You should now be able to use the "System Information" application to see that the guest is using the product and serial number you specified.
Hardware Overview: Model Name: MacBook Pro Model Identifier: MacBookPro6,2 Processor Speed: 2.53 GHz Number of Processors: 2 Total Number of Cores: 2 L2 Cache (per Processor): 256 KB L3 Cache (per Processor): 12 MB Memory: 4 GB Boot ROM Version: VMW71.00V.0.B64.1308231723 SMC Version (system): 1.16f8 Serial Number (system): RM129481AGW Hardware UUID: 00000000-0000-1000-8000-000C292AA301
Attached is a small script file which can be run from Terminal to get all 3 parameters. To use copy to the guest rename to system.sh and make executable with chmod. Here is the output from the script showing the specified IDs.
localhost:~ vmware$ ./system.sh MacBookPro6,2 RM129481AGW MAC-F22589C8
Hope this helps.
Update 1: Use Apple MAC Addresses
Remove or comment out these lines in the VMX file (make sure guest is powered off):
ethernet0.addressType = "generated" ethernet0.generatedAddress = "xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx" ethernet0.generatedAddressOffset = "0"
Add the lines with a static Apple MAC Address:
ethernet0.Address = "xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx" ethernet0.addressType = "static" ethernet0.checkMACAddress = "false"
replace the ethernetX.Address line with something from this list http://hwaddress.com/?q=Apple