This post is a follow-on to the post "How to Install Mac OS Snow Leopard in VMWare". Much of the information is similar, but this is a much better way to get started and provides for a much better start up and shutdown process. While I am going to keep the other guide up, because this is in the spirit of testing and learning, I encourage you to use this guide first. Once again I stress:
"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,
The "macosx_guest_vmware_7.tar.gz" file from MediaFire OR insanelymac.
- Exctract the "macosx_guest_vmaware_7.tar.gz" file to a temp folder,
- Close all VM's and close VMWare,
- From a command prompt (is Vista or 7 run as administrator) execute the "windows.bat" from the tar.gz file you just downloaded. (credit to Albert Nietsnie for creating this file).
- Create a new Custom VM Machine with the below configurations:
- CD/DVD = Use physical DVD with the Snow Leopard DVD inserted,
- "Apple Mac OS X" and "Mac OS X Server 10.6" or "Mac OS X Server 10.6 64bit",
- CPU = at least 1 CPU and 2 cores (I assigned 2 CPU's and 4 cores),
- Memory = at least 2GB,
- New virtual disk set to SCSI, and at least 40GB of space (I assigned 100GB),
- For i3, i5, or i7 you need to edit the *.vmx file that was created in the above steps. This file is located in the folder you specified in setup and the * is the name you specified in setup,
- Open the *.vmx file in notepad or other editor and add the below line:
cpuid.1.eax = "0000:0000:0000:0001:0000:0110:1010:0101"
- Now save and close the *.vmx file. (credit to Mac Son of Knife)
* Take a snapshot of your VM machine before tweaks*
- 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.
**Thanks to Jason for help, links, advice, and finding this new and improved method!
John "Mike" Wright