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10.5: Virtualize machine-specific 10.4 in Fusion 2
Authored by: Timpraetor on Dec 15, '09 03:36:43PM

I've just stumbled across this and have successfully installed my Mac Pro 10.4.7 version onto VMWare 3. Thanks to Sven and MOH! Everything looks great - except the fact that I am unable to install any applications as they all think that there's no OS X 10.4 installed on the disk. I specifically need Xcode for debugging under 10.4...

I've even gone so far as to exit VMWare, mount the vmdk as in the installation steps and try there. Still no luck.

Has anyone gotten beyond simply installing and getting this to run?



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10.5: Virtualize machine-specific 10.4 in Fusion 2
Authored by: Timpraetor on Dec 15, '09 03:49:05PM
Oooh! I feel like a "Mr. Kotter" moment just smacked me up side the head.
  • Delete the /System/Library/CoreServices/ServerVersion.plist file
  • Perform the installs
  • Recreate the ServerVersion.plist file


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10.5: Virtualize machine-specific 10.4 in Fusion 2
Authored by: Sven G on Dec 16, '09 05:59:21AM

The creation and deletion of the ServerVersion.plist file should be automatic, with the script supplied in the hint: but be sure to use the original one, provided in one of my latest comments.

BTW, one can use a machine-specific 10.4 Intel DVD to install Tiger as a virtual machine in VMware Fusion also on another Mac, by editing the "/Mac OS X Install DVD/System/Installation/Packages/OSInstall.mpkg/Contents/OSInstall.dist" file: see Google for more details...

Still waiting for Apple to officially support - at least ideally - virtualization of Mac OS X client; anyway, as they have said nothing on this matter, probably for them it is basically OK anyway: which might be good enough, also considering that no harm is really done to Apple by virtualizing Tiger, etc. etc.; indeed, an even better and more rational use of their excellent OSes can be done by also virtualizing them!



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Switched to the new plist - works much better
Authored by: Timpraetor on Dec 16, '09 07:56:09AM

Too bad that you can't edit the original entry to change that. I didn't read all of the comments, so missed the changed code.

So far, so good. I'm now about to switch to Snow Leopard permanently on my Mac Pro (versus tri-booting) and run Tiger and Leopard as VMs for testing and debugging.

Thanks again!



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Switched to the new plist - works much better
Authored by: Sven G on Dec 16, '09 09:32:14AM

Good to know it finally worked... :-)

The only really big issue remaining is the lack of sound support - no drivers included - for OS X VMs, and, in the case of Tiger, also the lack of compatible VMware Tools (which anyway are still rather limited also with Leopard+ VMs: no Unity view, for example, AFAIK). There are, indeed, some AppleAC97Audio.kext and similar extensions floating around in the Hackintosh sites and forums on the web, but I haven't yet found one which really works in Fusion (well, I also only tried one time, and the downloaded extension probably was outdated: the audio hardware - after adding it in the Fusion VM preferences - was indeed recognized, but no sound came out of the Tiger VM anyway): maybe other MacOSXHints readers know better how to solve this problem...?



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