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  1. Version 11.5.0


    This is the current version of VMware Tools for OS X / macOS from the VMware CDS repository for Fusion 11.5.0 VMware are no longer including the ISO images as separate "packages" in the CDS respository as of Fusion 11.5.0, instead the ISO images are included as part of the "core" download which is 522 MB. It is not possible to download the com.vmware.fusion.zip.tar due to upload limits. However, I have extracted the darwin.iso and darwinPre15.iso from the "core" and uploaded to this thread. If you prefer to download the "core" tar file and extract the ISO's they are located in the following directory in the tar file: com.vmware.fusion.zip.tar\com.vmware.fusion.zip\payload\VMware Fusion.app\Contents\Library\isoimages\ Please note: In the latest VMwareGfx.kext from Fusion 8.5.5 onwards VMware have discontinued the 2D-Acceleration code, and graphics performance is better now, thanks to Zenith432 for the update. To check for the latest version visit http://softwareupdate.vmware.com/cds/vmw-desktop/fusion/. The various VMware Tools downloads are located under the packages folder for each version upto and including 11.1.0. Instructions for extracting darwin.iso and darwinPre15.iso - Download the files above - Extract com.vmware.fusion.tools.darwin.zip.tar - darwin.iso is located in the "payload" folder - Extract com.vmware.fusion.tools.darwinPre15.zip.tar - darwinPre15.iso is located in the "payload" folder
  2. I have created this topic as a consolidated view for installing OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" under VMware Workstation 7 and VMware Player 3, it is based on the topics of Donk, Zenith432 and Albert. [uPDATED: 07/SEP/2011] I have been asked if I can do a similar topic for OS X 10.7 "Lion" which I will once Workstation 8 / 2011 and Player 4 / 2011 are released, i.e. not in Beta. I have created a similar topic for OS X 10.6 "Snow" and OS X 10.7 "Lion" for VMware ESXi 5 now it has been released, see link at the bottom of this topic. [uPDATED: 07/SEP/2011](Thanks to xarmy9 and especially Donk for his new ESXi 5 Unlocker) So following the simple steps below and you should in most cases be able to have a guaranteed OS X "Snow Leopard" guestOS installation: [uPDATED: 01/APR/2011] Firstly ensure you have an Intel Processor that support VT-x and that it is enabled in BIOS. Then install the latest version VMware Workstation currently 7.1.4 or VMware Player currently 3.1.4, a restart will be required to complete the installation. Please note version upgrades uninstall the previous version as part of the upgrade processs. [uPDATED: 01/APR/2011](Thanks to Donk) [uPDATED: 01/APR/2011] Ensure Workstation or Player is shutdown before running the "Unlocker" script, normally the "Unlocker" script will run fine, especially if you use Donk's undated script. However it has been noted that if the "hqtray.exe" process is running the installation will fail with a vmwarebase.dll error, so you will need to start Task Manager, select the Processes Tab, and End Process "hqtray.exe *32" before installing Albert's "Unlocker" ideally using Donk's updated "windows.cmd" script. This should ensures a smooth install and provides support for VMware Player as well as Workstation. Please note VMware Player does not have the files "vmware-vmx-debug.exe" and "vmware-vmx-stats.exe", so in the install script they will show as Missing files, this is OK and does not stop the "Unlocker" script from completing. If you get other errors, then it is worth manually stopping all VMware related services as well as killing the "hqtray.exe *32" process. If you have upgraded from a previous version, you will have in effect done a new installation, so you will need to re-run Albert's "Unlocker". [uPDATED: 01/APR/2011](Thanks to sofakng and Infected24) [uPDATED: 03/APR/2011] Even manually stopping all the VMware related services and killing the "hqtray.exe *32" process sometimes will still give install errors with Albert's "Unlocker", in these rare circumstances it may be worth starting your Windows in Safe Mode via F8 during boot, then running the "Unlocker". [uPDATED: 03/APR/2011](Thanks to sammurphy) [uPDATED: 29/JAN/2011] Some confusion exists as to the role of the darwin.iso file, firstly NEVER boot directly from the darwin.iso and for Albert's "Unlocker" method the darwin.iso is NOT required at all. Although not discussed here as Albert's "Unlocker" method is the preferred solution for VMware Workstation and Player, as recommended by Donk, Donk's darwin.iso (currently at version 310) is required for his method, and is the only option for getting OS X to run as a guest in a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 4.1 and 4.1u1 (ESXi) environment. The darwin.iso, either Donk's 310 (which also contains some of Zenith432's drivers) or the latest Fusion Version 3.1.3, can be mounted in OS X and used to install the VMware Tools for OS X (Darwin), in fact this is the only method to install the VMware Tools. Fusion is the equivalent of Workstation for Windows and Linux but on a Mac running OS X, and has built in support for OS X Server as a guest. Albert's "Unlocker" enables this same functionality for Workstation and Player as they all share a common code base. Albert's "Unlocker" also removes the need to use OS X Server media for Workstation, Player and Fusion. [uPDATED: 29/JAN/2011](Thanks to TheGreatDeceiver) Buy a retail DVD of OS X Snow Leopard, 10.6.3 is what is currently shipping, only £26, €28, $29 from Apple. With Albert's "Unlocker" installed correctly you should have the option to Select Apple Mac OS X as a Guest operating system. Click on the "New Virtual Machine" icon under the Home tab, or File > New > "Virtual Machine... Ctrl+N" This will bring up the "New Virtual Machine Wizard" window "Welcome to the New Virtual Machine Wizard" Select "Typical (recommended)" Next > Install from: (if you have the DVD in your drive) Select Installer disc: (if you have the DVD in your drive) or Select Installer disc image file (iso): (if you have created an ISO image, recommend using ImgBurn, a DMG will NOT work in the latest versions of Workstation or Player) or finally you can select "I will install the operating system later. The virtual machine will be created with a blank hard disk." (if you do not have the other two options immediately to hand or just want to progress quickly) Next > Guest operating system Select "Apple Mac OS X" Version "Mac OS X Server 10.6 64-bit" Next > Virtual machine name: (give the virtual machine a relevant name, i.e. OS X Snow Leopard) Location: (select a relevant location, I install mine to a partition other than my system partition (C:\), as your guestOS(s) VMDK file's can get very large) Next > maximum disk size (GB): 40.0 to 256.0 (since this will be thin provisioned be generous) Select "Store virtual disk as a single file" (my MSoK's preference) but enhanced performance may be gained by selecting "Split virtual disk into multiple files" (Donk's recommendation). Next > here you have the option to "Customize Hardware..." but this should not be necessary, the only thing I do is switch Network Adapter from NAT to Bridged, as I prefer my OS X to have an IP address on the same network as my Host. Click "OK" once you have made any hardware changes followed by "Finish". Only now will the virtual hard drive (VMDK), configuration file (VMX) and other related files be created. Unless you have a Core i3, i5 or i7 processor and your retail OS X DVD is 10.6.3 you can now "Power on the virtual machine" and install OS X. If you have the above configuration you need to add the following CPUID Mask in to your VMX configuration file before powering on your virtual machine (cpu code restrictions, specifically within the 10.6.3 release) cpuid.1.eax = "0000:0000:0000:0001:0000:0110:1010:0101" this can be removed once your OS X is updated to 10.6.4 or later. [uPDATED: 03/JUL/2011] At this point you should have a guestOS ready to install OS X, many of you will be familiar with the installation process for OS X, but for those who are not it differs from Windows in that you need to prepare the VMware virtual disk before the OS X installation can proceed. A partial guide can be downloaded, see the links at the end of this topic. However you can follow the steps below to create a virtual disk visible to the OS X installation process. During the boot sequence you may see hit F8 NOW, if you want to set special boot options, or press F8 to enter start-up options, this is not required normally, but it is worth being aware of as occasionally you may be asked to add a parameter during the boot sequence by one of the forum Geeks, Sages or Legends. The boot process should then move on to "Loading Darwin/x86", and finally the grey background with the Apple logo and the timer, you can be sat at this screen for several minutes, so be patient, if in doubt apply the cup of coffee rule! Eventually you should move on to the language selection screen, select your language and press the right arrow button. The Install Mac OS X screen should appear; this is the point we need to prepare the virtual disk for use with OS X, so DO NOT click on the Continue button. Instead select Utilities then Disk Utility… Once in Disk Utility, highlight the VMware virtual disk, then select Partition and change the "Volume Scheme" to "1 Partition" and the "Volume Information Name" from "Untitled 1" to a name of your choice, I generally call it OS X, unimaginative but simple and true! Make sure the "Format" is set to "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)". Please note if you are installing from ISO you will only see the VMware Virtual S Media in the left window. Also check under the Options… button that GUID Partition Table is selected. Next click the Apply button and at the prompt click on the Partition button. This will create the OS X partition on the VMware virtual disk ready for the OS X software installation. Exit Disk Utility via the red button, top left, this will return you to the Mac OS X Installer screen, which you can now click on the Continue button, a software license agreement screen will pop up to which you must agree to continue. Next you should get the Install Mac OS X "Select the disk where you want to install Mac OS X", with the OS X disk just created in Disk Utility showing as an option, well in truth the only option. Click on the disk and it will become highlighted and show a green down pointing arrow, which means the disk is selected and available to be used for the software install. So go ahead and click on the Install button. The installation will now progress and will take at least 30 minutes depending on your Laptop / PC specification and whether you are installing from DVD or an image. [uPDATED: 03/JUL/2011](Thanks to Mikelli) [uPDATED: 10/AUG/2011] A common problem once you have installed OS X 10.6 is that your guest freezes after being left idle for sometime this is OS X going in to sleep mode. To prevent your OS X guest from going in to sleep mode go to the Energy Saver settings under System Preferences, where you need to set "Computer sleep" and "Display sleep" to Never. I also untick the "Put the hard drive(s) to sleep when possible" and "Allow power button to put the computer to sleep". Finally I set "Start screen saver" to Never. Alternatively you can use a free third party utility like Caffeine which, as the names suggests, keeps your OS X guest from going in to sleep mode. [uPDATED: 10/AUG/2011](Thanks to ewokian) [uPDATED: 01/JUN/2011] To provide an enhanced experience of OS X as a guestOS under VMware Workstation or Player it is recommended to install the latest VMware Tools, they are included in the latest fusion darwin.iso (currently 3.1.3), and the ISO needs to be mounted in place of the CD/DVD drive in "Virtual Machine Settings" this will allow shared folders to be enabled, it will also provide enhanced keyboard, mouse & USB support as well as screen auto sizing. Also Zenith432's Audio and 2D Graphics drivers are reconmmended, however installing the 2D Graphics drivers will disable auto sizing without also installing Z432's GuestD patch. [uPDATED: 01/JUN/2011](Thanks to g54pcys and Zenith432) [uPDATED: 13/SEP/2011] Although not directly related to this topic, Donk's "darwin.iso" method is still very popular, and is the preferred method for OS X as a guestOS under ESXi 4.1 or 4.1(U1). The latest version (310) required a modification to the setup.sh script for use with VMware Fusion 3.1.2 or later (currently 3.1.3). I have therefore applied the modification (supplied by Donk), which now correctly restores the original "darwin.iso" during an uninstall of Donk's "darwin.iso", and provided a link to download the complete package including the modified script file. This method has now been completely superceeded by Donk's new "ESXi 5 Unlocker" and Albert's "Unlocker" for Workstation 7, Player 3 and Fusion 3. [uPDATED: 13/SEP/2011](Thanks to Nihilator and especially Donk) Links to all the relevant and related topics in the InsanelyMac forum: [uPDATED: 07/SEP/2011] Donk's ESXi 5 Mac OS X Unlocker: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php...t&p=1745191 MSoK's How to Install Retail OS X 10.6 "Snow" and OS X 10.7 "Lion" under VMware ESXi 5: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php...t&p=1745457 [uPDATED: 07/SEP/2011] Donk's Workstation 8 and Fusion 4 Mac OS X Unlocker: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php...t&p=1750629 Albert's Workstation 7, Player 3 and Fusion 3 Mac OS X Unlocker: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php...t&p=1485873 Donk's Updated Installation Script for Albert's Unlocker: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php...t&p=1529856 [uPDATED: 03/JUL/2011] CPUID Mask Information for use with OS X 10.6.3 (ONLY) and Core i3, i5, i7 (including Sandy Bridge) and Xeon 5600 Series Processors: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php...t&p=1551966 [uPDATED: 03/JUL/2011] [uPDATED: 04/JUL/2011] Links to darwin.iso from Fusion 3.1.2 and 3.1.3 (latest version 3.1.3) to install VMware Tools: http://www.rapidshare.com/files/897645198/darwin313.iso http://www.rapidshare.com/files/435446913/darwin312.iso [uPDATED: 04/JUL/2011](Thanks to Zenith432) Link to a post with a partial guide from MSoK to get started with the actual OS X install: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php...t&p=1565645 Latest 2D / 3D Graphics Drivers from Zenith432: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php...t&p=1560361 (2D) http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php...t&p=1617931 (3D currently in "Development") Latest Audio Drivers from Zenith432: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php...t&p=1594841 Donk's VMware Mac OS X Guest Package for ESX(i), Workstation, Player, Server and Fusion: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php...t&p=1186508 [uPDATED: 13/SEP/2011] Donk's now superceeded darwin installation package including darwin.iso (310): http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php...t&p=1523890 Donk's now superceeded darwin installation package including darwin.iso (310) and updated setup.sh for Fusion uninstall: http://www.rapidshare.com/files/458958206/DonkDarwin310.zip [uPDATED: 13/SEP/2011](Thanks to Nihilator and Donk) [uPDATED: 02/JUL/2011] Not strictly on topic, but a link to Zenith432's topic "SnowKitty running on VMware Workstation", which offers support for processors without VT-x support using a modified kernel: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php...t&p=1288448 [uPDATED: 02/JUL/2011](Thanks to Zenith432 and InsanelyMacMember) Link to ImgBurn Website: http://www.imgburn.com/ I hope this update helps with installing retail OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard under VMware Workstation or Player on an Intel VT-x enabled PC or Notebook. Special thanks to Albert, Donk and Zenith432 without who's continued time and commitment none of this would be possible. Regards MSoK. (I will try to keep this post updated, with all relevant contributions gratefully received and credited)
  3. OK, so based on Apple's EULA only Snow Leopard Server can be virtualised so the functionality is disabled in Workstation. However Donk removed the functionality to support Snow Leopard Workstation in the latest unlocker 302, but a separate utility is available to allow Snow Leopard Workstation to install and run, see link to thread below:
  4. According to the VMware Compatibility Guide you are running latest support ESXi version at 5.5, see below:
  5. Donk, Thanks for releasing the new ESXi unlocker, apologies for not keeping you updated, has been working fine for me since you sent me the pre-release version. Cheers, MSoK.
  6. Donk, Count me in for stability testing. Regards, MSoK.
  7. Donk, Great news to hear you are back to continue your excellent work with your unlocker. As always I am here to help in any way I can so please feel free to call on me for assistance. Finally enjoy your semi retirement, although I am sure you will still have a very full schedule! Regards, MSoK.
  8. falcon74, Vanilla OS X / macOS does not support AMD processors, so to progress you will have to install a modified kernel that supports AMD processors. The CPUID masking technique was tried by Donk, but could not get a consistently working OS X VM. SO I think a modified kernel is the best solution.
  9. Hi, AMD processors are not supported by OS X / macOS so you cannot do a vanilla install in VMware, you will need to find a modified AMD kernel.
  10. I originally wrote this "How To" in the following topic "Workstation 8/9, Player 4/5 and Fusion 4/5 Mac OS X Unlocker" started by Donk, see link below, since there are now some 500+ replies in the topic, I thought it was time to extract the post and start a new topic. http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/268531-workstation-89-player-45-and-fusion-45-mac-os-x-unlocker/ Although a lot of alternative methods are available, the following "How To" based on the work by Donk, Zenith432 and others on "InsanelyMac" is a proven method for installing a "Vanilla / Retail" version of OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite) and 10.11 (El Capitan) under VMware Workstation 10/11, Player 6/7, Workstation Pro/Player 12 and ESXi 5/6, using physical media (Snow Leopard) or an email with a content code for the Mac App Store (Lion and Mountain Lion) purchased from the Apple Store or media created from the App Store download. If you have access to an existing OS X machine physical or virtual you can download OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite) or 10.11 (El Capitan) for free. It is important for the method detailed below to work, you must be running a relatively recent Intel processor with VT-x (Hardware Virtualisation) support which has been enabled in BIOS. Install the "Unlocker" following the included readme.txt, version 1.3.x for Workstation 10, Player 6 or ESXi 5 and "Unlocker" version 2.0.x for Workstation 11, Player 7, Workstation Pro/Player 12 and ESXi 6 created by Donk based on work by Donk, Zenith432 and Sam B, see the links below, to enable support for OS X. If you have access to an OS X machine, Redeem your purchase and download OS X from the Mac App Store under Purchases or use Updates to get OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite) or 10.11 (El Capitan) once downloaded on your OS X machine extract the InstallESD.dmg from your App Store download of "Install OS X Lion" or "Install OS X Mountain Lion" in the Applications folder, right click the icon and select "Show Package Contents" open folder "SharedSupport" and copy the InstallESD.dmg to your desktop. Link to the "Unlocker" download to support Workstation 10.x, Player 6.x, Fusion 6.x and ESXi 5.x: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/files/file/20-vmware-unlocker-for-os-x/ Link to the "Unlocker" download to support Workstation 11.x, Workstation Pro 12.x, Player 7.x, Workstation Player 12.x, Fusion 7.x, Fusion 8.x and ESXi 6.x: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/files/file/339-unlocker/ Please note this media creation method will NOT work for OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) or OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) an apple script is required to create a bootable DMG file from the "Install OS X Mavericks" or "Install OS X Yosemite" app downloaded from the Mac App Store, see the second post in this thread for details, link below: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/290949-how-to-install-os-x-10x-snow-leopard-lion-mountain-lion-mavericks-and-yosemite-in-vmware-workstation-10-or-player-6/?p=1937757 If you do not have access to an OS X machine, then purchase the OS X Snow Leopard DVD from the Apple Store ($19.99 US or £14.00 UK), you can use the DVD directly but it is easier to covert the DVD to an ISO. In order for you to be able to use the .dmg created for Lion or Mountain Lion as install media in Workstation 10/11 or Player 6/7 (Workstation Pro 12, Workstation Player 12, Fusion 6, 7 and 8, ESXi 5.1, 5.1 U1, 5.5, 5.5 U1, 5.5 U2, 5.5 U3, ESXi 6.0 and ESXi 6.0 U1x support .dmg files directly) the .dmg will have to be converted to an .iso, this can be done at the command line in OS X see below or in Windows using a third party product like ImgBurn ( http://www.imgburn.com/ ) or dmg2img ( http://vu1tur.eu.org/tools/ ) . In an OS X terminal session run the following: cd Desktop hdiutil convert ./InstallESD.dmg -format UDTO -o InstallESD mv InstallESD.cdr InstallESD.iso The conversion process will take some time, so apply the cup of coffee rule. The conversion process actually creates a .cdr file which we rename with the mv command to a .iso which can be mounted as installable media in Workstation 10/11 and Player 6/7. If the "Unlocker" has been installed correctly you should now be able to create a new Apple Mac OS X Guest operating system in Workstation 10/11, Workstation Pro 12, Player 6/7, Workstation Player 12 and ESXi 5/6 and select the InstallESD.iso you have created as the "Installer disc image file (iso):" and select Apple Mac OS X as the "Guest operating system" and Mac OS X Server 10.6 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.7 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.8 or Mac OS X 10.9 as the "Version". Mac OS X 10.9 can be installed from the .dmg created via the script detailed in the second post of this topic as can Mac OS X 10.10 which is only available as an option in Workstation 11, Workstation Pro 12, Player 7, Workstation Player 12 and ESXi 6, although Mac OS X 10.10 or 10.11 can be installed in Workstation 10, Player 6 or ESXi 5 using Mac OS X 10.9 as the "Version". Please note Mac OS X 10.11 is only available as an option in Workstation Pro 12, Workstation Player 12 and ESXi 6. Next choose a name and location for the virtual machine, then specify the "Maximum disk size (GB):" (I always select a minimum of 64 GB) and whether to "Store virtual disk as a single file" or "Split virtual disk into multiple files", (I select single file for ease of portability, but in theory selecting multiple files should offer better performance), however the default settings work fine. You now have the option to either Finish and create the Virtual Machine or "Customize Hardware...", I recommend adding a second core under the "Processors" section (although you may get the "Your Mac OS guest might run unreliably with more than one virtual core." warning message) and change the "Network Adapter" to "Bridged" (in theory these are optional, the default settings should will work fine, but experience would suggest using the recommended settings) select Close and Finish. It has been noted, thanks to cb4, that sometimes you get no keyboard input in the virtual machine, setting the "Enhanced virtual keyboard" from "Off" to "Use if available (recommended)" resolves the issue, and does not appear to have any issues when set on for a working OS X Virtual Machine. To disable the VMware multiple vCPU message add the following line to the VMX configuration for the guest whilst it is shutdown. isolation.tools.bug328986.disable = "TRUE" Please note this will only suppress the message, and the guest may be unstable with more than 1 vCPU, however since it is a very long time since real Mac's were not at least dual core, I always add at least two vCPU's, and have not experienced any instability. Thanks to Donk for the fix, for additional information head over to the website "Shine The Braille Toad". If you create the virtual machine using version 11 or later hardware, the default for Workstation 11, the virtual machine will not start and either hang or create a CPU core dump error message. Donk has confirmed two options to work around the issue: 1. Change the virtual machine to version 10 hardware. 2. Edit the configuration file (.vmx) and add the following line: smc.version = "0" Power on the virtual machine and the OS X installation should proceed to the Welcome screen, select your main language, and in the OS X Utilities screen select Disk Utility. In the left panel you should now see 68.72 GB VMware Virtual SATA Hard Drive Media, or similar depending on the hard drive size you set when creating the virtual machine, select the drive, and select the Partition tab. Next change the Partition Layout: from "Current" to "1 Partition", you can select more than one partition but I generally keep it simple, give the Partition a meaningful name, i.e. OS X, and click on the Apply button (the default format "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" should be selected, and under the "Options..." button "GUID Partition Table" should be selected), you will next get an "Are you sure" warning, click on the Partition button to complete the creation of OS X formatted partition, you should see it appear below the VMware Virtual SATA Hard Drive Media. The DIsk Utility presentation has changed in El Capitan, having selected the VMware Virtual SATA Hard Drive Media as detailed above select the Erase button, the Partition button will be grayed out, and give the drive a meaningful Name: i.e. OS X and select "OS X Extended (Journaled)" as the Format: finally select "GUID Partition Map" as the Scheme and press the blue Erase button to create the drive ready for use by OS X. Now exit Disk Utility and select Reinstall or Install OS X, click Continue at the Install OS X screen and agree to the Apple EULA, at the Select the disk where you want to install OS X, you should have a nice yellow OS X disk in the middle of the screen, select the disk and click on Install, the installation should then proceed with a blue progress bar and "About 9 minutes remaining", following a re-boot OS X will continue "Installing OS X on the disk "OS X ..." again with a blue progress bar and "Time remaining: About 19 minutes", if the screen goes white with only a black mouse pointer, just click to bring back the install OS X screen. Following a further re-boot you should finally be at the Welcome screen with a map of the world and the option to select your language, followed by "Select Your Keyboard" to get the best support for a PC keyboard select the Show All and choose the relevant "Your Language - PC" version, i.e. British - PC. The next couple of screens may or may not appear depending on your network configuration, "How Do You Connect?", "Your Internet Connection" probably best to leave "TCP/IP Connection Type" Using DHCP initially. The next screen to appear is the "Transfer Information to This Mac", "Sign in with Your Apple ID" if you choose Don't sign in, you will get a splash screen with the option to "Skip", "Terms and Conditions", "Create Your Computer Account", "Select You Time Zone", "Diagnostics & Usage" followed by a "Setting up your Mac" and a thank you from Apple you should then be at the OS X desktop. This will create a vanilla install of OS X which can and should be patched via "Software Update..." as a matter of priority. It appears that like ESXi 5.5 and ESXi 6, Workstation Pro/Player 12 using Unlocker 2.0.7 or later, Install VMware Tools... under the VM tab now appears to work, if not use the method as for previous versions of Workstation and Player detailed below: To install "VMware Tools" go to the Virtual Machine Settings for the OS X VM and select CD/DVD (IDE) and under "Connection" click on "Use ISO image file:". It is quite likely your InstallESD.iso will still be selected, so just "Browse..." to the location of the darwin.iso and select "Open". The darwin.iso is not present in a standard install of either Workstation 10/11, Workstation Pro 12, Player 6/7 or Workstation Player 12, it is added as part of the "Unlocker" install and is located in the VMware Workstation folder under "Program Files (x86)\VMware" or "Program Files\VMware" for a 32-bit host in a default install, make sure the "Device status" has "Connected" ticked generally "Connect at power on" is ticked by default. You may get an error when switching mounted .iso's in the Virtual Machine Settings "The guest operating system has locked the CD-ROM door..." it is OK to answer "Yes" to the question "Disconnect anyway and override the lock?". In your OS X desktop a VMware Tools icon should appear in the upper right corner, double click and select "Install VMware Tools", it is recommended to install VMware Tools as it offers an enhanced user experience when working with the Virtual Machine. Please note VMware Tools cannot be installed from the menu in Workstation 10/11 or Player 6/7 to an OS X Virtual Machine (unlike Fusion, ESXi 5.x snd ESXi 6.x and now Workstation Pro 12 and Workstation Player 12 which support VMware Tools installation from the menu). The latest VMware Tools from Fusion 7/8 now provide the best graphics support for OS X virtual machines, and Zenith432 has stopped development of the VMsvga2 graphics drivers. The latest darwin.iso is available to download at the VMware CDS Repository, see link below: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/user/487896-msok/ http://softwareupdate.vmware.com/cds/vmw-desktop/ Once you are up and running with your virtual OS X machine you need to do a couple of housekeeping tasks to ensure your virtual machine does not freeze. Firstly go to "System Preferences" and select "Energy Saver" and set "Computer sleep:" and "Display sleep:" to Never and also un-tick "Put hard disks to sleep when possible", "Wake for Ethernet network access" and "Allow power button to put the computer to sleep". In "Desktop & Screen Saver" set "Screen Saver" to "Start after:" Never. One final note, occasionally you can come across an unsupported CPU error, this should be rare if you have recently downloaded your OS X media from the App Store as the App Store version is updated when a new combo patch is released. Alternatively if your CPU is one of the very latest Intel processors not yet supported by OS X, Apple check CPUID's when installing OS X, and will not install on an unsupported processor platform. (A prime example was when Intel introduced the Core i3, i5 and i7 and Xeon 5600 series processors, Snow Leopard 10.6.4 was the lowest version of OS X to support the new processors, unfortunately the highest available "vanilla" media was and still is 10.6.3, without the CPUID mask it was impossible to install OS X Snow Leopard. As stated earlier in this post, Apple starting with OS X 10.7 Lion deliver the latest slipstreamed media via the App Store.) In either case add the following line to your OS X virtual machine configuration file (.vmx): cpuid.1.eax = "0000:0000:0000:0001:0000:0110:1010:0101" or cpuid.1.eax = "----:----:----:0010:----:----:1010:0111" The first was based on work by myself and Donk, the second a recommendation by jmattson of VMware, see links below: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/232183-snow-leopard-on-vmware-and-disabled-cpu-error/ http://communities.vmware.com/thread/423099?start=30&tstart=0
  11. Unfortunately in a word no, this is the limit of the virtual graphics driver. In ESXi you can potentially pass through a graphics controller to provide direct access for macOS, but this has never been supported in Workstation as far as I am aware.
  12. Thanks for the kind comments, and unless you are running ESXi on a real Mac then the option to install OS X or macOS does not appear, hence the need for the unlocker for non Mac hardware. Installing OS X / MacOS is fully supported by both VMware and Apple on Mac hardware. Unless you have an unusual intel processor or want to install Snow Leopard the CPUID mask should not be required, if you look at the first couple of posts on this thread you will see the details regarding the CPUID mask generated by myself and Donk. As you say with ESXi 6.0.0 macOS 10.13 is not officially supported, you need ESXi 6.5 or Workstation 14, but generally using 10.10 should work, but I have not tried it myself.
  13. I am guessing in you client you get the option to install an OS X / MacOS VM, this generally indicates the unlocker has worked. The most common problem is you have not added smc.version = "0" in the vmx configuration file as this is required if hardware compatibility is set to greater than 10. Apologies if you have already added the line in your vmx configuration file.
  14. Donk, Sorry to hear you are stopping work on your unlocker, but understand fully about other things in life. I think I can speak for everyone on this forum and say thank you for your tireless effort and support. Enjoy your InsanelyMac retirement. On a personal note, please keep in touch via email. Regards, MSoK.
  15. Gents, Unlocker 2.0.8 works fine for ESXi 6.0 with all subsequent updates, but does not work properly with ESXi 6.5, hence the work Donk is doing on 2.0.9. But as he states still some issues so only use at your own risk and in a test environment where you can afford to lose everything.
  16. fcl, You can download the tools at the following location, link below: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/files/file/31-vmware-tools-for-os-x-darwiniso/ Also the How To guide has full details regarding manually installing the VMware tools, see link below: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/290949-how-to-install-os-x-10x-snow-leopard-to-el-capitan-in-vmware-workstation-1011-workstation-proplayer-12-player-67-esxi-56/
  17. pktman, Not seen anyone running an Intel Atom processor and OS X / macOS, and not a processor used in any Apple product as far as I am aware, you might try the CPUID masks recommended in the following topic: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/290949-how-to-install-os-x-10x-snow-leopard-to-el-capitan-in-vmware-workstation-1011-workstation-proplayer-12-player-67-esxi-56/?p=1936143
  18. Phil511, See the following post it has a patch script that may solve your problem: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/315967-how-to-create-a-bootable-sierra-iso-for-vmware/?p=2303548
  19. Sam B, Excellent news and good work, happy to test once Donk has worked his magic.
  20. Donk, Let me know if I can test anything ahead of general release. Regards, MSoK.
  21. MSoK

    Installing Sierra in VMWare Workstation 10

    If you use Player 12.5.0 it has support for MacOS 10.12
  22. You are correct the rom file is a degraded solution and not included in Unlocker 208, you might try the last available version in 207, but this is from a previous version of fusion so either might not work or cause instability, sorry. There are a couple of alternative methods to disable / remove the Server check as I recall, but I do not have any links, but Google can be your friend!
  23. MSoK

    Installing Sierra in VMWare Workstation 10

    Check out shela's script, I have tested it on both El Capitan and Sierra and the iso installs fine for both in VMware. http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/290949-how-to-install-os-x-10x-snow-leopard-to-el-capitan-in-vmware-workstation-1011-workstation-proplayer-12-player-67-esxi-56/?p=2279523