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  1. Unlocker 2.1 for latest VMware products. Important message - ESXi 6.x support has been removed from the Unlocker as it is too unreliable. Several methods have been tried but they cause random disconnects of vCenter and failure of the hostd daemon. Support will be added back if and when a reliable method is found. Support Request Please, please, please do NOT copy vmx or log files inline in a post. Always attach the log file as an attachment. It slows down the forum editor and puts a lot of junk in the actual post, and I cannot analyse unless it is a separate file. Alternatively post a link to a Gist. Download Links Version 2.1.1 - http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/files/file/835-unlocker/ Please continue to use version 2.0.8 for ESXi 6.0. macOS Unlocker for VMware V2.1 ============================== +-----------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | IMPORTANT: | | ========== | | | | Always uninstall the previous version of the Unlocker before using a new | | version. Failure to do this could render VMware unusable. | | | +-----------------------------------------------------------------------------+ 1. Introduction --------------- Unlocker 2 is designed for Workstation 11/12/14, Player 7/12/14, and Fusion 7/8/10. If you are using an earlier product please continue using Unlocker 1. Version 2 has been tested against: * Workstation 11/12/14 on Windows and Linux * Workstation Player 7/12/14 on Windows and Linux * Fusion 7/8/10 on macOS Sierra The patch code carries out the following modifications dependent on the product being patched: * Fix vmware-vmx and derivatives to allow macOS to boot * Fix vmwarebase .dll or .so to allow Apple to be selected during VM creation * Download a copy of the latest VMware Tools for macOS 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 11 and Player 7. The vmwarebase code does not need to be patched on macOS systems 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. The code is written in Python as it makes the Unlocker easier to run and maintain on ESXi. 2. Prerequisites ---------------- The code requires Python 2.7 to work. Most Linux distros and macOS ship with a compatible Python interpreter and should work without requiring any additional software. Windows Unlocker has a packaged version of the Python script using PyInstaller, and so does not require Python to be installed. 3. Limitations -------------- If you are using VMware Player or Workstation on Windows you may get a core dump. Latest Linux products are OK and do not show this problem. +-----------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | IMPORTANT: | | ========== | | | | If you create a new VM using version 11, 12 or 13 hardware VMware may stop | | and create a core dump. There are two options to work around this issue: | | | | 1. Change the VM to be HW 10 - this does not affect performance. | | 2. Edit the VMX file and add: | | smc.version = "0" | | | +-----------------------------------------------------------------------------+ 4. 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". win-install.cmd - patches VMware win-uninstall.cmd - restores VMware win-update-tools.cmd - retrieves latest macOS guest tools 5. Linux --------- On Linux you will need to be either root or use sudo to run the scripts. You may need to ensure the Linux scripts have execute permissions by running chmod +x against the 2 files. lnx-install.sh - patches VMware lnx-uninstall.sh - restores VMware lnx-update-tools.cmd - retrieves latest macOS guest tools 6. macOS -------- On macOS 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 macOS. You may need to ensure the macOS scripts have execute permissions by running chmod +x against the 2 files. osx-install.sh - patches VMware osx-uninstall.sh - restores VMware 7. ESXi ------- ESXi is no longer supported as there are too many errors on newer versions due to VMware hardening the ESXi image. 8. Thanks --------- Thanks to Zenith432 for originally building the C++ unlocker and Mac Son of Knife (MSoK) for all the testing and support. Thanks also to Sam B for finding the solution for ESXi 6 and helping me with debugging expertise. Sam also wrote the code for patching ESXi ELF files and modified the unlocker code to run on Python 3 in the ESXi 6.5 environment. History ------- 10/10/17 2.1.0 - New version to support ESXi 6.5, Workstation/Player 14 and Fusion 10 - Removed support for ESXi 6.0 - Added ESXi boot option to disable unlocker (nounlocker) 11/10/17 2.1.1 - Removed all support for ESXi 6.x (c) 2011-2017 Dave Parsons