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macOS Unlocker for VMware V2.1

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| IMPORTANT: |

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| Always uninstall the previous version of the Unlocker before using a new |

| version. Failure to do this could render VMware unusable especially ESXi. |

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1. Introduction

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Unlocker 2.1 is designed for Workstation 11/12/14, Player 7/12/14, ESXi 6.5

and Fusion 7/8/10.

 

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

Unlcoker 2.0 for ESXi 6.0

 

Version 2 has been tested against:

 

* Workstation 11/12/14 on Windows and Linux

* Workstation Player 7/12/14 on Windows and Linux

* Fusion 7/8/10 on Sierra

* ESXi 6.5U1

 

The patch code carries out the following modifications dependent on the product

being patched:

 

* Fix vmware-vmx and derivatives to allow macOS 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 macOS

 

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 macOS 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 written in Python as it makes the Unlocker easier to run and maintain on ESXi.

 

2. Prerequisites

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The code requires Python 2.7 to work. Most Linux distros, ESXi and macOS ship with a compatible

Python interpreter and should work without requiring any additional software.

 

Windows Unlocker has a packaged version of the Python script using PyInstaller, and so does not

require Python to be installed.

 

3. Limitations

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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.

 

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| IMPORTANT: |

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| If you create a new VM using version 11, 12 or 13 hardware VMware may stop |

| and create a core dump. There are two options to work around this issue: |

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| 1. Change the VM to be HW 10 - this does not affect performance. |

| 2. Edit the VMX file and add: |

| smc.version = "0" |

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4. Windows

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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 macOS guest tools

 

5. Linux

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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 macOS guest tools

 

6. macOS

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On macOS 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 macOS.

 

You may need to ensure the macOS scripts have execute permissions

by running chmod +x against the 2 files.

 

osx-install.sh - patches VMware

osx-uninstall.sh - restores VMware

 

7. ESXi

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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 store and 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

 

There is a boot option for ESXi that disables the unlocker if there is a problem.

 

At the ESXi boot screen press shift + o to get the boot options and add nounlocker.

 

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 needs to be re-run after an upgrade or patch is installed on the ESXi host.

3. The macOS VMwwre tools are no longer shipped in the image from ESXi 6.5. They have to be

downloaded and installed manually onto the ESXi host. For additional details see this web page:

 

https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2016/10/introducing-vmware-tools-10-1-10-0-12.html

 

8. Thanks

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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 and

modified the unlocker code to run on Python 3 in the ESXi 6.5 environment.

 

 

History

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10/10/17 2.1.0 - New version to support ESXi 6.5, Workstation/Player 14 and Fusion 10

- Removed support for ESXi 6.0

- Added ESXi boot option to disable unlocker (nounlocker)

 

© 2011-2017 Dave Parsons


What's New in Version 2.1.0

Released

  • First version:
  • 10/10/17 2.1.0
  • - New version to support ESXi 6.5, Workstation/Player 14 and Fusion 10
  • - Removed support for ESXi 6.0
  • - Added ESXi boot option to disable unlocker (nounlocker)



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