Simple steps to create macOS Installer for Vmware on Linux or Windows
This guide describes how you can create a Vmware image (vmdk) for installing macOS in Vmware. Most tutorials about this topic require an ISO installer file that was typically created in macOS or you have to download some preinstalled image file from unknown source. None of them are ideal. But if you follow the steps below, you will not need to access macOS and will use official and trusted sources.
First of all download gibMacOS from here and set up https://github.com/corpnewt/gibMacOS
Run the script to download the full macOS installer: on Linux:
Install qemu-img converter
on Linux (Debian or Ubuntu):
install qemu-tools package
on Windows use this installer: https://qemu.weilnetz.de/w64/
when you run the installer, it is enough to select the "tools" and "dll library".
Convert the downloaded BaseSystem.dmg to Vmware image
run the following commmand in that directory where BaseSystem.dmg was downloaded (somewhere here: gibMacOS-master/macOS Downloads/publicrelease/061-44387 - 10.15.3 macOS Catalina) on Linux:
qemu-img convert -O vmdk -o compat6 BaseSystem.dmg recovery.vmdk
c:\"Program Files"\qemu\qemu-img convert -O vmdk -o compat6 BaseSystem.dmg recovery.vmdk
Use the previously created image to install macOS in Vmware
I assume you have a patched and working Vmware already. If not, find another guide but in nutshell:
- confirm the VT-x is supported on your Intel machine (if you are on AMD you may not able to virtualize macOS or you need to do more work)
- install VMware Workstation or VMware Workstation Player (free for non-commercial use)
- use an unlocker to patch the Vmware to support macOS guest
currently this works well: https://github.com/BDisp/unlocker/
So when you are here you have a patched Vmware and a Vmware image (recovery.vmdk).
Run Vmware and create a new virtual machine by choosing macOS guest. But add another hard disk as well with selecting to use an existing virtual disk. Browse the recovery.vmdk. You will get a warning about the image is not in the latest format but choose to keep the existing format.
After you installed the macOS, install the vmware tools as well.
Tested on Windows 10 with macOS Catalina 10.15.3 in Vmware 15.5 Player
So I managed to get a Catalina 10.15 vm up and running in ESXi 6.7u2.
When I try to install Catalina updates, however, it goes to the Apple logo, status bar moving ever so slightly, reboots again and this time hangs on the Apple logo. To fix this, I either remove or disable "Mac OS" as an option in the bootloader. Is there a way to get these updates to install?
In the meantime...
I instead of restarting Catalina after choosing to update it, I shutdown the guest. After a restart it SEEMED to update with the time duration countdown.
Prior to this I did run disk utility and checked Untitled and Untitled-Data for errors (I don't think it found any).
So I just logged back onto the VM and the version is still 10.15 and NOT 10.15.2 as hoped. So weird.
I was trying to install Mojave on newly built pc, I am stuck at this apfs-module-start 1393 error right now. I tried downgrading the bios version of my motherboard. Tried different KEXTS, EFI folders but didn't work. I have installed windows 10 on it right now.
Can some one help me on this.
My PC Config
16gb ddr4 3200ghz ram HyperX
Asus rog strix z390e
Gigabyte rx590 8gb
Wd 500gb nvme m2 ssd
2tb barracuda hdd
Hello, I am new here, so I apologize if I've chosen the wrong subforum for this question.
I am scratching my head a bit on an issue with a clients MacBook pro. He was having USB connection issues and claimed the laptop wasn't detecting any USB connected to it.
Figuring it was a failed USB port, I took it in but ended up just feeling more confused after doing some diagnostics.
It came in loaded with Catalina, a recent upgrade spurned the beginning of the issues the client told me.
I decided to revert it back to the default OS in the base recovery image, which is Yosemite.
Upon finishing the install, I found that the USB port was in fact working again. Figuring I had resolved the issue, I updated it back to Catalina just to be met with the same issue upon reinstalling.
Tried nvram, pram, and smc reset each to no avail.
One thing to note is that during boot, the USB is getting power as it lights up when connected during boot up.
But the ports are dead as soon as it boots into the operating system.
I have a strong feeling that this is a driver issue. I tried unloading and reloading the USB IO kext, with no noticable change.
Is anyone here familiar with this issue? Would there be any other kext related troubleshooting i can perform ? Is it possible to revert to the kext used in Yosemite on catalina ?
One last thing to note, on Yosemite the USB was functioning 100%. But I did get a strange notification that the USB ports were using power even when there wasn't any connected to it. Either way, I find it very very odd that it works perfectly in Yosemite.
Running macOS Catalina in Windows10 with VMware 15.5
The system runs perfectly with only one very important problem: the display type.
In my PC is installed an Asus RX580 4GB but the virtual machine runs with a graphic card of 128MB of GPU ram.
The resolution is OK, but graphic tasks are very slow.
VMware Tools are installed.
How can I fix this issue?