Virtual OSX

I’ve got OSX 10.8 running in a VMWare ESXi 5.1 server. The base instructions came from here and are recreated below. The instructions and unlocker should also work for any VMWare product.

  1. obtain OSX. I created a recovery image from my Air. Those instructions are below.
  2. Get Donk’s unlocker for VMWare. I used, attached here for posterity.
  3. Patch ESX using the unlocker instructions
  4. Create a 64-bit OSX guest with only one CPU, 4GB RAM, LSI Logic Parallel SCSI and E1000 network
  5. DO NOT power up the VM. Instead edit the VMX file as follows:
    • erase all lines showing CPUID
    • Add the following lines to have the CPU show up as a Core 2 Duo:
      hostCPUID.0 = "0000000668747541444d416369746e65" 
      hostCPUID.1 = "00500f100002080000802209178bfbff" 
      hostCPUID.80000001 = "00500f1000001242000035ff2fd3fbff" 
      guestCPUID.0 = "00000006756e65476c65746e49656e69" 
      guestCPUID.1 = "000006f10000080080802209078bfbff" 
      guestCPUID.80000001 = "00500f1000001242000003e92bd3fbff" 
      userCPUID.0 = "0000000668747541444d416369746e65" 
      userCPUID.1 = "00500f100002080080802209078bfbff" 
      userCPUID.80000001 = "00500f1000001242000003e92bd3fbff" 
  6. Attach the OSX ISO and boot it.
  7. Do a normal OSX Install

That’s it.

Creating a bootable OSX Installer ISO from the recovery partition on your Mac

Run diskutil list to see the where the recovery partition is. On my Air the output looks like this:

   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        *500.3 GB   disk0
   1:                        EFI                         209.7 MB   disk0s1
   2:          Apple_CoreStorage                         499.4 GB   disk0s2
   3:                 Apple_Boot Recovery HD             650.0 MB   disk0s3


diskutil mount readOnly /dev/foo where foo is the identifier for the recovery HD (/dev/disk0s3 in my example above)

The actual recovery image is hidden, so it won’t auto-mount. We don’t want to mount it though, we want to copy it to a .cdr image, which is pretty much identical to an iso: hdiutil convert -format UDTO -o ~/Downloads/osximg/osx.iso /Volumes/Recovery\ HD/

This should give you an osx.iso.cdr file, which you can just rename. There’s your recovery iso. (4.02 MB) Andrew Kohlsmith, 05/25/2013 08:47 PM

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