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Install OS X 10.9 Mavericks Developer Preview on a virtual machine System
If you have an OS X developer account, and want to work with OS X 10.9 Mavericks, you may prefer to do so using a virtual machine, in Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion. However, you won't be able to create a new virtual machine in either of these programs using the Mavericks installer.

John Martellaro, on The Mac Observer, posted an article with links to Parallels knowledge base articles explaining how to do this. You'll need to update Parallels Desktop, then create a snapshot of an existing virtual machine and install Mavericks on that.

For VMware Fusion, the process is quite simple: take an existing virtual machine, running 10.7 or 10.8, duplicate it in the Finder, then launch VMware Fusion. Choose File > Open, then select the duplicate virtual machine. Rename it, then launch it. Fusion will ask if you moved or copied the virtual machine; click I copied it.

After you've launched the duplicated virtual machine, run the Mavericks installer from within that virtual machine.

Note: as always, we will not be publishing hints about using OS X 10.9 until its release.
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Install OS X 10.9 Mavericks Developer Preview on a virtual machine
Authored by: ppp on Jun 19, '13 09:07:47AM

You have to increase the default Video RAM to 128MB at least in Parallels.



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Install OS X 10.9 Mavericks Developer Preview on a virtual machine
Authored by: ObbieZ on Jun 19, '13 09:52:46AM

Kirk...

I may be picking on a bit of a nit (I once worked in a newsroom, so I've been infected by the copy-editor disease), but I see the category icon on this hint says "Mac OS X (10.4)" even though this is a hint on 10.9.

I trust this is because you don't yet have a category set up for Maverics?



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Install OS X 10.9 Mavericks Developer Preview on a virtual machine
Authored by: kirkmc on Jun 19, '13 10:40:49AM

Thanks for pointing it out. In the CMS, System (generic Mac OS X) is just above System 10.4, so I slipped. :-) It's fixed now.

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Install OS X 10.9 Mavericks Developer Preview on a virtual machine
Authored by: bdkennedy1 on Jun 19, '13 11:05:27AM

I installed this on VMWare Fusion 5. As the article says you can only upgrade, you can't install clean. While it did install, many things didn't work like Maps. I had the new Calendar and Contacts, but no iBooks or Game Center could be found.

After playing with it for about 10 minutes I got bored. This is probably the most boring upgrade since 10.8. As a matter of fact, I'm inclined to not even bother with it when it's released.



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Install OS X 10.9 Mavericks Developer Preview on a virtual machine
Authored by: tempel on Jun 20, '13 06:44:06AM

This preview is meant for developers, not for end users. For the very reason what you just stated - you do not even understand what this preview is about and what it's still missing (this info is given to developers).



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Parallels Instructions
Authored by: slb on Jun 19, '13 01:54:21PM

http://kb.parallels.com/en/116282



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Install OS X 10.9 Mavericks Developer Preview on a virtual machine
Authored by: melomac on Jun 20, '13 03:14:56AM

It is actually easy to patch InstallESD.dmg of "Install OS X 10.9 Developer Preview.app" to run and install Maverick on a fresh VMware virtual machine.

I already pasted the instructions here:
http://pastebin.com/4kG5ChsP

It's just about:
- converting read only disk image to read write
- resizing the read write disk image
- mounting the read write disk image
- allowing ownership on the mounted disk image (so system files keep their ownerships)
- mouting the original disk image
- mouting the boot image contained in the original disk image
- allowing ownership on the mounted boot image (so system files keep their ownerships)
- copying the boot image content to the read write disk image
- unmounting everything
-> patched Maverick disk image is ready

Then, you can create a Mac OS X 10.7 64-bit or OS X 10.8 64-bit virtual machine and boot using the patched disk image.

Apple Installers will tell you it is not a supported installation type, but you can launch a Terminal and run the installation using command line.

It is much more efficient and consume less time, but also a little more technical.

Please note Guillaume Gete recently upgraded Lion Disk Maker to support Maverick DP:
http://liondiskmaker.com/?p=164



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Install OS X 10.9 Mavericks Developer Preview on a virtual machine
Authored by: jaknudsen on Jun 27, '13 02:36:54AM

Thanks for the instructions! Worked perfectly :)



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Install OS X 10.9 on VMware Fusion 5 - mouse acts up
Authored by: tempel on Jun 20, '13 06:47:49AM

I installed the 10.9 preview over a 10.7 installation on Fusion 5.0.3. At first, it crashed at start until I managed to re-install the VMware Additions. Now it runs stable.

However, double clicking with my MacBook's Trackpad isn't working well. I changed the double click interval to a longer time in the Trackpad preferences, but that only helped temporarily. After a short while, I again was not able to perform double clicks.

Does anyone know of a remedy for this?



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