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  1. Mojave does not require APFS. APFS is only installed by default if you have an SSD drive. My experience is that if you format your disk to HFS+ before install, the Mojave installer will leave it as such during the install.
  2. Did you follow the instructions at the top of this post ?
  3. I have a Lenovo P52 laptop, Xeon E-2176M hexacore, 32GB mem, SSD, 4K display running VMware Workstation 15, latest darwin.iso. I freshly installed Mojave in a VM. The VM has 8 GB mem, 2 Proc, 2 Cores, 100GB single file disk. VMware Tools is installed in the VM. When I boot, it takes roughly 4-5 seconds for the Apple logo to show up (after the EFI boot) and then roughly 80 seconds to get the Apple desktop. Is this expected performance ? I know this is virtualized, but even my 2009 MacBook Pro boots faster than this. I have searched but not found any notes regarding performance. And related to video performance, if I start LaunchPad, it appears relatively quickly but if I select the "Other" folder which typically contains the Utilities, that may take 5 seconds to show up. I know this is a video performance issue but do not know how to fix this...
  4. You need to insert the line as shown on top to prevent the installer from seeing your Disk as an SSD. When High Sierra installs, if it sees an SSD, it will default to converting the disk to APFS which is not supported on Workstation 12. Once you are upgraded to High Sierra, you can remove the line and High Sierra will see the disk as an SSD but won’t auto convert it to APFS.
  5. It is a very weird bug which can make you rip your hair out. Plus the fact that by default, Disk Utility shows only Volumes by default. Just a bad combination. Glad it worked out
  6. On the top left, “View” change it to show Devices. Then you will see your Virtual Disk
  7. Exit Disk Utility and select it again. Your new virtual disk will appear
  8. If you are stopping on the EFI boot screen which shows that the boot path is "Unsuccessful", then you did not disable the virtual SSD properly. Look at your VMX file and check the type of disk used. The sample I showed above is the default where the VMware virtual disk is a SATA drive and mounted as the first drive. Therefore the line below properly disables the virtual SSD emulation in the virtual machine. sata0:0.virtualSSD = "0" If you still have problems, please ATTACH (DO NOT POST) the VMX file for your virtual machine.
  9. Please read this short thread. I described on how to install 10.13 on VMware. http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/328343-installing-macos-high-sierra-on-vmware-workstation-1257/ The problem is that when the installer reboots into the second phase of installation, it reformats the disk to APFS (I am assuming your host is running on an SSD) and therefore, converting the HFS+ volume to APFS which is incompatible with VMware 12.
  10. When you start Disk Utility, look on the upper left and change the View option from Show Only Volumes to Show All Devices. If the virtual disk does not show up, exit Disk Utility and then restart it. I don't know why, but I have seen this where it doesn't seem to detect the drives upon initial load. I don't know. I never use Player but you should try it and report back...
  11. I had posted a note earlier with little feedback so I thought I would post HOW TO INSTALL High Sierra on VMware Workstation 12.5.7 It is much easier than the complicated scripts that I have seen. Assuming that you have a functioning macOS system: 1) On your existing macOS, go to the App Store and download the High Sierra installer. Some people have reported that a stub installer is only downloaded although this has not happened to me. If it happens to you, follow the instructions on this page: http://osxdaily.com/2017/09/27/download-complete-macos-high-sierra-installer/ 2) The easy way to create a bootable USB is to use Install Disk Creator. It has been updated for High Sierra: https://macdaddy.io/install-disk-creator/ OR, Using a Terminal window, you could use the command: sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/MyVolume Note: Replace "MyVolume" with the name of the macOS volume of your USB key 3) Create a new Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation. Select "Apple Mac OS X" as the Guest O/S and "macOS 10.12" as the version. Select the default for all other options (although I prefer to have the virtual disk as one single file) 4) Edit the newly created VMX file and append the two following lines: smc.version = 0 sata0:0.virtualSSD = "0" 5) Start your VM, and attach your USB key to the VM so that VMware can boot the installer. Proceed with a normal installation of macOS. Use Disk Utility to format the new virtual disk as a "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" DO NOT SELECT APFS as your volume type. 6) Install High Sierra using all normal defaults. 7) Install the VMware Tools from VMware Workstation 14. There is new support for HiDPI displays which is great. 8) After a sucessful install, shutdown your macOS VM and edit the VMX file. Now change the virtualSSD value to a "1": sata0:0.virtualSSD = "1" The reason why you cannot install High Sierra in VMware Workstation 12 is that (in my understanding, someone may correct me), in the second phase of the install, the installer reformats the volume to APFS which Workstation 12 cannot boot from properly. But forcing macOS to think it is an HD disk and not SSD allows a proper install. Then changing it back allows macOS to see its virtual drive as an SSD and will not attempt to reformat it to APFS. If anyone has additional comments, please feel free to correct me or add.
  12. Go into Disk Utility. If you don't see the drive, exit Disk Utility and enter it again. Now, you should see the raw drive and be able to partition it for installation
  13. I tried this and end up with the same problem as before. The installation process seems to work fine and then upon restarting, it fails in the EFI loader. This is with a plain macOS Journaled file system (not APFS).
  14. pjg61

    Compress macOS VMDK

    To shrink your VMware macOS virtual disk, execute the following command from the Terminal app: sudo /Library/Application\ Support/VMware\ Tools/vmware-tools-cli disk shrink /
  15. I am trying to install macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) in a new VM on Workstation 12.5.7 (Windows). I have Unlocker 2.0.8 installed. Other versions of macOS work just fine. I created the USB installer key using the same method as with 10.12. The installer does its first pass fine and then when the virtual machine reboots, the system is unable to boot and stops in the EFI screen. It says "unsuccessful" for the EFI macOS boot paths for 10.13. If I take a running installation of 10.12 and run the 10.13 Installer from within to upgrade, it starts, reboots and then the same problem. I've searched a bit and found nothing. I'm sure I'm not the first to do this... What am I missing ?