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How to create a VMware Fusion virtual OS X 10.6 client under OS X 10.7 Lion – Computers – Operating Systems
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Here’s how I created a virtual Mac OS X 10.6 or 10.5 “client” machine using VMware Fusion 3.1.3 and my copy of the RETAIL Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Leopard install disk. BTW: I don’t believe these instructions will work for the Grey Restore DVD versions.
1. Quit VMware Fusion 3 if running.
2. Apply the darwin patch as follows using Terminal.app (each line is a separate terminal command):
sudo bashcd “/Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/isoimages”mkdir originalmv darwin.iso tools-key.pub *.sig originalperl -n -p -e ‘s/ServerVersion.plist/SystemVersion.plist/g’ < original/darwin.iso > darwin.isoopenssl genrsa -out tools-priv.pem 2048openssl rsa -in tools-priv.pem -pubout -out tools-key.pubopenssl dgst -sha1 -sign tools-priv.pem < darwin.iso > darwin.iso.sigfor A in *.iso ; do openssl dgst -sha1 -sign tools-priv.pem < $ A > $ A.sig ; done
3. Create a mock Mac OS X Server install disk from a RETAIL OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (or 10.5 Leopard) install disk as follows:- Insert a RETAIL OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (or 10.5 Leopard) install disk into your optical drive.- Launch Disk Utility, select the device for your optical drive (note that this is NOT the OS X RETAIL install disk, but rather the device that has mounted it; the device should be named something like “HL-DT-ST DVD-RW GH41N”).- From Disk Utility’s File menu, choose “New > Disk Image from device” from the File menu, set the image format to “DVD/CD master” and create the disk image.- Mount the new disk image and turn it into a mock OS X Server install disk with the following command in Terminal:[FOR 10.5 or 10.6]: touch “/Volumes/Mac OS X Install DVD/System/Library/CoreServices/ServerVersion.plist”
***UNMOUNT DISK IMAGE***
4. Create a new virtual machine in VMware Fusion 3. I chose Mac OS X Server 10.6 64-bit as the type, but I suspect any type will work. Select the disk image from step 3 as the OS disk image.
5. Allow VMware Fusion to create your virtual machine and install Mac OS X Server 10.6 or 10.5 (really just your RETAIL version of OS X). After installation completes, the new virtual machine will boot and give you the “guest operating system is not Mac OS X Server” error. Let it shut down and proceed to the next step.
6. Choose (Control-Click/Right-Click) “Show Package Contents” on the virtual machine .vmx file for the machine created in step 4, then edit the vmx config file and change the firmware = “efi” line to firmware = “bios” (simply commenting this line out will NOT work).
7. Launch VMware Fusion once again and start your virtual machine. You’ll now be prompted by to create your administrator’s account.
Have fun with your new OS X 10.5 or 10.6 virtual machine!
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