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238,011 downloadsMac OS X Unlocker for VMware ============================ 1. Introduction --------------- The package is a combination of the Unlocker code written by Zenith432 plus some fixes and scripts written by myself that wrap the actual unlocker code. It has been tested against: * Workstation 8/9/10 on Windows and Linux (32 & 64-bit versions) * Player 4/5/6 on Windows and Linux (32 & 64-bit versions) * Fusion 4/5/6 on Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks * ESXi 5.0/5.1/5.5 The patch code carries out the following modifications dependent on the product being patched: * Fix vmware-vmx and derivatives to allow Mac OS X to boot * Fix vmwarebase .dll or .so to allow Apple to be selected during creation * Copy darwin.iso if needed to VMware folder 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. Also Player is missing vmware-vmx-debug and vmware-vmx-stats files and so an error is shown during patching as the files are not found. This can be safely ignored. OS X guests on ESXi patched hosts cannot be controlled from vCenter, only from the ESXi host itself. This means power operations have to be run directly on the server. The vmwarebase code does not need to be patched on ESXi or OS X 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. 2. Windows ---------- 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". install.cmd - patches VMware and copies darwin.iso tools image to VMware uninstall.cmd - restores VMware and removes darwin.iso tools image from VMware 3. Linux --------- On Linux you will need to be either root or use sudo to run the scripts. You may need to ensure the contents of the linux folder have execute permissions by running chmod +x against the 4 files. install.sh - patches VMware and copies darwin.iso tools image to VMware uninstall.sh - restores VMware and removes darwin.iso tools image from VMware 4. Mac OS X ----------- On Mac OS X 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 Mac OS X. You may need to ensure the contents of the osx folder have execute permissions by running chmod +x against the 3 files. install.sh - patches VMware uninstall.sh - restores VMware 5. ESXi ------- 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 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 contents of the esxi folder have execute permissions by running chmod +x against the 3 files. install.sh - patches VMware uninstall.sh - restores VMware Note: 1. System should have a persistent scratch partition - should be OK except for stateless and USB boot on drives less than 4GB http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1033696 http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg3T1013015 http://www.vreference.com/2011/04/28/check-for-esxi-scratch-persistence/ 2. 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. 3. This option runs at boot time to patch the releavant files and it now survives an upgrade or patch to ESXi as local.sh is part of the persisted local state. 6. Zenith432's Unlocker ----------------------- In all cases the unlocker can be run without the scripts but you would need to carry out additional actions which the scripts encapsulate for you especially on ESXi. If you want to run the unlocker directly the parameters are: Usage: Unlocker [-h] [-u] [target_directory] -h: print help -u: remove the patch target_directory: customize location of vmx executables On all platforms you must run it with administrator or root privileges. The source code is provided and Zenith432 makes it freely available for modification. I have modified the code and it is available as per Zenith432's original statement. Thanks to Zenith432 for building the unlocker and Mac Son of Knife for all the testing and support. History ------- 11/10/11 1.0.0 - First release 07/11/11 1.0.1 - Fixed typo in Windows command files 07/12/11 1.0.2 - Updated patcher and tools for latest release WKS 8.0.1 & FUS 4.1.1 10/05/12 1.1.0 - Changed the patching mechanism for vmwarebase .dll or .so & tested against ESXi 5.0 U1 and Tech Previews. 13/07/13 1.1.1 - Changed ESXi scripts to ensure not deleting root /bin folder - Fixed vmwarebase patching on 32-bit Linux - Some other code clean-up in Unlocker.cpp 18/09/13 1.2.0 - Updated vmwarebase pattern matching for WKS 10.0.0 & FUS 6.0.0 25/03/14 1.3.0 - New method to run patcher on ESXi - Fixes crashes when using vCenter - Tested against ESXi 5.5 - Darwin guest tools from Fusion 6.0.2 - Zip file preserves file attributes for Posix based systems © 2011-2014 Dave Parsons
Hey all, I have a Dell Precision T5500 which I have installed ESXi 6.5 on. I was going to run Unlocker on it but I have read that it is unstable with 6.5. I realised early on that my ESXi (which is the Dell custom U3 build) was showing MacOS 10.12 as an installable option. However, I cannot get the installer to boot (the progress bar gets to about 60% then it reboots). If possible I would like to use vanilla Sierra or High Sierra. So, my first question is: do I need to run Unlocker even if it is already in the list (does Unlocker do more than just make the options available)? I'm pretty sure I saw somebody ask this question somewhere online a couple of weeks ago but I cannot remember what was said and my Google-fu is failing me now. If I run Unlocker on ESXi 6.5 what are the real repercussions? I only use the HTML interface fling. I have read that hostd sometines crashes but I am unclear what that does and if, in my scenario, it would matter (the "host" in the name suggests it is important but it's best to check ). I would be happy to downgrade to 6.0 if necessary. I am sure that the High Sierra iso I created is solid because I successfully installed it in VirtualBox on my MacBook Pro. PS. I am a first time poster here and very much a noob with ESXi, Unlocker and Virtualising MacOS. Host Spec MODEL: DELL PRECISION T5500 WORKSTATION PROCESSOR: DUAL XEON 4 CORE 2.67GHz - INTEL X5550 6.40 GT/s 8 CORES AVAILABLE RAM: 16GB DDR3 ECC (4 X 4GB, ECC PC3-10600R) GRAPHICS: NVIDIA NVS 295 DUAL HEAD 256MB PCI EXPRESS CARD NETWORK: ONBOARD INTEGRATED BROADCOM 5754 GIGABIT OTHER PORTS: 11 x USB PORTS (2 FRONT, 6 BACK, 3 INTERNAL) 2 x PCI SLOTS 1 x SERIAL PORT 1 x PARALLEL PORT 4 x PCI EXPRESS (2x16 PCIE2 & 2x8 PCIE2) 1 X ESATA PORT (BACK)