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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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