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  1. Since I found the Unlocker last week, I've been trying to figure out how I want to add an Apple ESXi 5.1 host to my lab. I recently purchased a late 2012 Mac Mini that I'm using as an HTPC and I can't decide if I want to use it as an ESXi host, then getting an older Mini to use as an HTPC. I have the i7 Mini (4 cores) and running a few VMs on it would really allow me to use its power instead of it being idle most of the time. Another option is getting another <$150 Dell server (2 x Xeon L5420 quad cores, already have 2) to use with Unlocker as a dedicated OS X ESXi host. I can't use one of those for OS X now because they're used to study for the VCP exam, which means I have to use vCenter Server. Unlocker doesn't work on hosts added to a vCenter Server. Another option is getting a 2008/2009 Apple Xserve. I've been doing a ton of Googling this weekend and it seems that there really aren't any major issues running ESXi 5.1 on the 2008 or 2009 Xserve. Apple's RAID card doesn't work but that doesn't matter to me since I'll be using shared storage. I've also read that it runs great on the new Mac Mini but I've found less info on it than the Xserve. At the moment the Mini seems like the more solid option, but adding an Xserve to my home server rack is roughly the same cost of buying an older Mini. Plus having an Xserve in my home rack would be sexy. I'm such a geek. Just wondering if anyone has ESX running on an Xserve and would love to hear details on it and your experience with it. Same goes for those with it on a Mini too. Still weighing the pros/cons of each and I'm torn. Not sure what to do..
  2. Thanks MSoK. I'll check it out. After installing Mountain Lion on my ESXi host that I ran the Unlocker on, I was noticing the the CPU had high usage at idle. I remembered reading in the thread that the screensaver should be disabled, so I turned it off. Problem is, turning it off only "works" if the user stays logged in. If I log out but keep the VM running, the screensaver is enabled and eventually turns on. Anyone know how to disable the screensaver in OS X so it doesn't run when a user is logged out?
  3. My apologies if this is in the wrong forum. I recently purchased a late 2012 Mac Mini for use as a server/HTPC (Plex Media Server & Player). It is currently hooked up to my living room TV. Since Plex Media Server can't be ran as a daemon, I've been trying to figure out a way to setup the Mini so that it is running all the time. I was hoping that virtualizing OS X on one of my Dell servers would be the answer, but since I can't use vCenter with hosts that have been patched with the Unlocker, that isn't an option. Now I'm considering installing ESXi on the Mac Mini so that I could run a few OS X virtual machines for various ideas I have. Problem with that is I lose HTPC functionality with it running ESXi. The Mac Mini replaced an Apple TV 3 that was in the living room, which I still have. I obviously can't remote desktop from the ATV3 nor can I install the Plex App on it so that I could access the Plex Media Server VM that I'll setup. I guess I could buy Roku boxes for the TVs since they have the Plex App but I'd rather not. I could keep an eye out for an older Mac Mini with an HDMI port but that's just spending more money. One idea is using my iPhone or iPad with the Plex App to connect to the Plex Media Server VM, then airplay the video to the ATV3. Possible issue with this is poor quality video since I'm streaming from the iPad and I'm not sure if Plex is smart enough to realize where the movie is actually being played. Does anyone have any ideas on what I could hook up to the TV that would let me run the Plex App and possibly remote desktop into the OS X VMs? Anyone doing something similar to this?
  4. Thanks Donk! Kind of a bummer that it won't work on vCenter but the fact that ESXi will run on a Mac Mini is awesome. It opens up so many uses for me, but takes away some too.
  5. First I have to say thank you to all involved in this! This rocks! I've read all over the thread that this isn't compatible with vCenter, but I have a few questions... Is there anyone that is using vCenter server that IS NOT having issues like most people? If so please provide details on your setup. (vCenter standalone or appliance? Hardware? etc..) How not compatible is it? Should ESXi hosts patched with Unlocker not even be added to a vCenter server? Or is it just that the OS X VMs shouldn't be created, modified, or connected to through the console while connected to a vCenter server? Is anyone looking into making it compatible with vCenter? Anyone know if it's even possible or impossible? Interested in knowing why it won't work with vCenter. I took the vSphere VCP class last week and I'm working towards taking the exam. I have two Dell rack servers from Ebay on the way so I can setup a lab to practice for the exam, so I'll obviously be using vCenter with them. I'd love to be able to use the Unlocker on them for some ideas I have. Wish I knew enough about ESXi and vCenter to start working on it myself. Thanks again to all those involved!
  6. I currently have a HP Compaq NC8000 and I can't even get the iATKOS CD to boot. So I'm looking for a laptop in the price range of around $500 where the install goes relatively smooth. Which laptop(s) does Leopard install correctly and almost everything works without a lot of fuss? I've done a lot of reading about this in the past three days and it's all becoming a blur. I've read the HCL on the wiki too. Just wondering which laptop has the most success installing Leopard.