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  1. 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
  2. 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'?
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. i had limited success with using MBR, for some reason chameleon didnt want to boot it, it would just hang... I was forced to use my methods as a final resort earlier last week, and they worked perfectly. For some reason 10.5.5 doesn't want to agree with my system. So, I restored to my 10.5.4 backup and all was well. Ultimately, I bought an iMac 2.4ghz C2D 24" 2GB RAM, 320GB HD from a lady at work; she just bought a new MacBook Pro (lucky), so, my playing with OSX86 will be limited now to VMWAre on my windows box.
  6. Part 1 is if you want to take the DVD you install from and make it a USB installer. It is faster to install on my system by quite a bit (roughly takes 1/2 the time) Part 2 is for making the backup of your existing install.
  7. Mysticus, my apologies for what is likely a stupid question ... but ... what is the difference between the 9.5 vanilla kernel and the 9.4 stagexnu? The stigma around the vanilla (at least from a relatively new persons point of view) is that it can do updates direct from Apple Update while others cannot. Is this true in this case or can the stagexnu kernel do updates as well? Maybe if you explained the difference people wouldnt be so apt to use the vanilla one:) BTW, the 1.1.3a updates of your worked flawlessly on my test partiiton except one error, startup item /library/startupitems/shutdownfix does not have the proper security settings. I just clicked "Fix" and it worked fine.
  8. LAST UPDATE: 10.01.08 Ok, before we get started, let me explain some stuff on this guide and how it is setup. Firstly, this guide is based on my experience performing these tasks, along with some help from people "in the know". Feel free to reply to this thread asking for help, but don't expect me to help since outside of what is contained in here, I don't know much else LOL. Secondly, I broke this down into sections to better suit the possible options people have for not only creating the USB installer, but also a backup of a working install of OSX. I used the system and software I will outline below to perform this and to test it. At the bottom of this guide you will find the testing procedures I used. If updates to the guide are needed, I will be sure to post them and to update the "LAST UPDATED" marker above. As always you should backup your data before trying this out. I don't want you nuking your system and blaming me. What I used to test this: 1. Leo4Allv2 OSx86 installer DVD image (ISO format) 2. Working OSx86 install (updated to 10.5.4) 3. Intel Q6600 C2Q CPU 4. FoxConn MARS mainboard (P35A chipset, ICH9 SATA chipset, ALC888 chipset) 5. 200GB SATA internal drive (referred to as 'primary drive', 1 partition) 6. 80GB SATA internal drive (referred to as 'internal backup drive', 1 partition) 7. 160GB USB drive (referred to as 'USB drive', 6 partitions outlined below) - 1: Leo4All (5GB), 2: Leopard Intel (9GB), 3: Leopard PPC (9GB), 4: Snow Leopard Preview (9GB), 5: Hackintosh Backup (92GB), 6: Applications (24GB) Requirements for this: 1. Your flavor of OSx86 install DVD image file. 2. USB device with enough space to store said image file once restored. 3. Chameleon EFI installer (as of this date, 1.0.11 was current) 4. Working OSX install. Attachments: Chameleon EFI installer v1.0.11 PART 1 - Creating your bootable USB installer The procedure for doing this is the same whether you have multiple partitions on your USB drive or not. The only consideration here is having multiple bootable partitions (IE, Windows install etc...), I have not tested this with Windows installs but will likely try it today. 1. While in OSX, open Disk Utility (located in Applications/Utilities). 2. On the right hand side, select the USB external device you wish to put your boot image onto. 3. Click on "partition" and selected the number of partitions you need (in my case, 6, in most cases you will need 1 if this is an installer only USB setup). 4. Click "options" and select GUID (I have had VERY limited success with MBR). 5. Click "Apply" to partition and erase the device. 6. Click the "Restore" button and drag the image file of your OSX installer to the area marked "Source". 7. Drag the USB partition you wish to setup as an installer to the area labelled "Destination". NOTE: Be sure there is enough space on the destination for the image to be extracted on and still have some room (maybe 200MB extra). 8. Click the "Restore" button. This took about 10 minutes on my system. 9. Once completed, open the Chameleon installer and select the USB partition you extracted your installer to as the install location. This should give you a working USB bootable installer provided your BIOS allows for booting from USB mass storage devices (most modern BIOS's do.) In order to boot from this, you need to be sure to setup your BIOS. I can't tell you how to do it since all BIOS's are different. In my case, I have to press PRT SCR to get a boot menu and select the USB drive. It would be a good idea to boot into the installer and test that you can run it to be sure it worked. PART 2 - Backing up your HD and making it bootable This procedure varies depending on where you are backing up to. I will explain the differences as we go. Be sure you have partitioned and erased your backup drive as you needed, but using GUID! 1. While in OSX, open Disk Utility and goto the "Restore" section. 2. Drag the OSX install you wish to backup to the "Source" area. 3. Drag the drive you wish to backup to to the "Destination" area. 4. Click "Restore". This took about 1 hour to another internal HD, about 1 1/2 hours to a USB drive on my system (copying ~60GB). 5. This is 1 variation. If you are backing up to a second internal HD or a USB device which will only serve as your backup install, you can simply run the Chameleon installer and install it to that drive. If you are using multiple partitions for you backup device (as I am), you want to be careful not to destroy existing boot information. In my case, the boot loader is Chameleon since this drive also serves as my USB installer. 6. Place a copy of the Chameleon installer on your backup drive for restoration purposes. Once done, this should give you a working bootable backup of your system. It would be a good idea to test this by rebooting and using your BIOS's boot menu selecting this drive. Don't just boot from your installer or primary partition as you are attempting to test not only the backup system but its' boot loader also. PART 3 - Restoring a backup to your primary system Again, some variation here, so I will explain the differences as we go. 1. Boot from your backup (either internal or USB). In my case, once I start the USB drive I get the Chameleon boot loader, I interrupt the boot sequence and select the partition which contains the backup. If this drive were standalone, I would not interrupt the loader. 2. Once at your desktop, follow the steps outlined in Part 2 above, but instead this time you will use the backup as your "Source" and the new primary drive as your "Destination". Again, be sure you are using GUID for your partitions. 3. Once done restoring, run the Chameleon installer and select your new primary install as the location to install to. 4. Reboot into your new primary drive and all should be well. Test procedures I performed Testing USB installer ... 1. Using partition 1 of the USB device, restored installer image to USB and installed Chameleon. Rebooted. 2. Using BIOS boot menu, booted to USB installer and installed to my backup drive (80GB SATA). Rebooted. 3. Using BIOS boot menu, booted into the new install. Testing backup ... 1. Restored primary partition to 80GB backup drive (internal). 2. Installed Chameleon. Rebooted. 3. Using BIOS boot menu, selected 80GB backup drive. Testing backup to USB ... 1. Restored primary partition to USB partition (partition #5 on USB drive) 2. DID NOT INSTALL CHAMELEON! It was already loaded from the USB Installer procedure. Rebooted. 3. Using BIOS boot menu, selected USB drive as boot source, interrupted boot loader and selected backup partition to boot from. Testing restore ... 1. Using BIOS boot menu, booted into USB drive. 2. Interrupted boot loader and selected backup partition as boot source. 3. Restored backup partition to 80GB internal backup drive (after wiping drive of course). 4. Installed Chameleon to 80GB backup drive. Rebooted. 5. Using BIOS boot menu, booted to 80GB drive. Hope some people find this helpful! Chameleon_1.0.11_installer.zip
  9. Ok in brief, I made a USB installer from my leo4all disk and to make it bootable, installed chameleon 1.0.11 on it, boots fine and installs. When I restart, I open my BIOS boot menu and pick the drive I installed to, and it says: bootMBR: done boot0: done and then just hangs ... any ideas? I have checked that the partition is active, and for ha ha's booted from the USB installer image and selected rd=diskXsX to bypass the bootloaded, this results in a kernel panic EVERYTIME, and results in the same when selecting my working OSX partition. I am working on a guide so i need to get this resolved. Thanks! EDIT: possibly solved, redid the secondary drive as GUID and it seems to be working now! will get back to you all after more testing!
  10. Hagar, thanks for that bit of information. Here's my ultimate goal: I have a 160GB USB External drive, I already can make 3 paritions for OSX installs on true macs (Leopard PPC, Leopard Intel, Snow Leopard Preview) ... but in addition, I would like to make 1 partition for Leo4All installs, 1 for a system back (IE, mirror image of primary partiiton with all software, bootable, so all I have to do is copy that partition back to the HD in the event i have to start over and not reinstall everything), and a final partition for storing applications (the later is not a necessity). How can I acheive this goal? With the chameleon thing i would assume i can get the Leo4All done, then I just need ot be able to restore the bootloader from the image of the disk onto the HD for backup purposes.
  11. Msyticus, alot of people seem to have this same issue, they get to the screen and it just stalls ... like i said before, if i lag there for 3 minutes or so the desktop does eventually come up. any idea what might be doing this? I will edit this post and let you know how it goes with 1.13 patches on my test partition. I use NVInject 320MB, 9.5 van kernel, restore audio/net, smbios, macpro EDIT: Lots of errors then it just hung, i will post pictures shortly
  12. great i will play around with it today! thanks! EDIT: Well diskutil 1-1 cop with efi install no worky for booting standalone, but works fine for test install .. i just need to get a 1-1 copy to be bootable so i can restore from that in the event of a complete crash
  13. Mysticus, a but off topic here but you would seem to be the guy to ask ... If I wanted to follow your guide for creating a test install, but put said install on either another internal HDD or USB HDD, how would I got about gaining access to it? You mentioned you would need the bootloader. Can you use OSX86 Tools to install EFI on said drive and then access it (and in theory, would this also not be an effective way to create a rescue backup so in the event your main system goes down you could use diskutility to restore it)?
  14. I have spent the past 3 hours scouring this forum site for a clear guide on how to take an installation DVD such as Leo4All or any other and copy it to a USB device for use on installing to computers. There were multiple tutorials and none of them seemed to agree on the procedure nor (in my case) work. So, if someone would be so kind as to reply to this thread with the instructions and information I outline below so that everyone can find a single spot with a detailed guide; and mods, please sticky this once someone does. Information Needed: 1. Drive partition information. Which type should you be using? MBR, GUID, etc... 2. What format should the parition be? FAT, HFS, etc... 3. DiskUtil? Should you be using diskutil to restore your image to the partition in question? 4. What do you need to do to make this bootable (assuming your BIOS can boot from USB MSD's)? Set partition active (if so, how)? Install efix or something like it? Thanks in advance. I am sure numerous people will appreciate your efforts. I know I sure will!