See my updated post: "How to Install Mac OS Snow Leopard in VMWare - Better Way!"
I found a great write-up at ihackintosh.com on how to install Mac OS Snow Leopard on a Windows VMWare Workstation. When I find the ones that work well, I like to include them in my blog and make some changes and/or recommendations that I found useful. As Vinay states on the ihackintosh site:
"Apple licensing does not allow for the virtualization of OSX Client on any hardware and only allows for the virtualization OSX server on Apple hardware. Anything else is in violation of the license agreement. This article is for informational purposes only, you can never achieve full utilization of Mac OS X on VMWARE. So if you like the Mac then go ahead and buy a Mac."
Mac OS X version 10.6.3 Snow Leopard
Windows (XP, Vista, 7),
VMWare 7.x Workstation,
Intel based, multi-core computer,
Snow Leopard VMDX and dariwn_snow.iso from one of these links:(Rapidshare1, Rapidshare2, MediaFire, Megaupload).
- Open VMWare and load the.vmx file that came in the above download,
- Edit the machine settings to the below configurations:
- CD/DVD = "Use ISO image file": assign the dariwn_snow.iso from the package,
- CPU = at least 1 CPU and 2 cores (I assigned 2 CPU's and 4 cores),
- Memory = at least 2GB,
- If you experience very long delays in booting up, you may have to hard reboot the machine. I found this to be the case in about one out of five start ups.
- When you shut down or restart the VM it will not shut down clean and you will get an error message. At this point don't worry, just power off the machine and reboot as normal.
* Take a snapshot of your VM machine before tweaks*
- CD/DVD Drive: Add another CD/DVD device in the VM configuration and assign your physical drive to it. This will allow you access your DVD drive without the need to un-mount and re-mount.
- Adjust the Resolution: Again thanks to ihackintosh.com for this: Find the "/Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.Boot.plist" file.
- Move the file to another location and add the below two lines just above the </dict>:
<key>Graphics Mode</key> <string>1280x1024x32</string>
- You should replace the 1280x1024 with whatever resolution you want and is supported by your display.
- Save the file, move it back to the original location replacing the original file, and reboot.
At this point your box should function nicely. I was able to successfully install just about anything that I had. Good Luck!
*note: I am not an expert in Mac OS or VMWare. I am learning, just like many of you. I probably cannot answer your technical questions.
John "Mike" Wright