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What's the best way to install Mac OS X Leopard on VMware Fusion?

Asked by richardhenry (12641points) June 14th, 2009

Fusion will typically only allow you to install OS X Leopard Server, and not the client version.

What’s the best way to do this that doesn’t involve an ugly amount of hacking?

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DeanV's avatar

Out of curiosity, may I ask why you are doing this? Is it on a linux box?

Have you looked into other virtualization software like Parallels or VirtualBox to see if they will support it?

richardhenry's avatar

@dverhey VMware Fusion is the Mac version of VMware. I’m looking to virtualize an OS X install inside of an OS X install for testing purposes.

richardhenry's avatar

@dverhey Neither Parallels or VirtualBox support it. It’s the licensing issue, and they don’t want to strain their relationship with Apple.

DeanV's avatar

Ah. Well… Thanks for the info but I don’t think I can help you. I don’t suppose they’ve loosened up on Tiger or some of the previous OS’s, huh?

Well. Good luck.

richardhenry's avatar

@dverhey Somewhat, they added a clause to the Leopard Server licensing agreement that allowed for virtualization on another Mac. So VMware and Parallels added the functionality. Still can’t install the client OS though, which is quite frustrating.

DeanV's avatar

What about partitioning your hard drive or buying an external and installing leopard on there?

Or could you install Leopard on a windows box and move the VMX and VMDK files to your mac?

EDIT: There’s a blog entry about a hack here but it sounds kinda sketchy.

jrpowell's avatar

Is this for a Django install? Could you just use a separate user account and try to sandbox it in that user account? Then use fast user switching to go back and forth.

richardhenry's avatar

@johnpowell Oh, I’m already doing something similar—we use different versions of Django from project to project. I wanna screw around with some core system libraries for learning purposes.

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