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Setup Virtual Machine From Dmg File


I d/l a file named macOSUpdCombo10.13.6.dmg from an Apple support site (don't recall the URL). However, when opening that file in VMware Fusion, instead of High Sierra, I get what appears to be an installation procedure. It was not clear where this was going to be installed, so I abandoned it. Has anyone else used this file to create a High Sierra VM under VMware Fusion?




Setup Virtual Machine From Dmg File



This Q&A has a link to a utility named create_macos_vm_install_dmg which claims to "prepare macOS installer disk images for use with ... VMware Fusion...". I have not tried this utility, but am willing to try it - however I would much prefer to hear from someone who has used it successfully before I do. Will this utility create a (dmg) file that VMware Fusion can open and run a macOS High Sierra VM?


VMware tech support advised of availability of a suitable file at this location (hackintosh?). Before they sent me the link, the VMware tech support person asked me to recite a disclaimer during our phone conversation. This made me a little nervous... when I visited the site, I got a little more nervous :) Has anyone used VM files from this source - are they OK?


I'm probably a little frustrated at this point. My experience with cloning machines in VMware was 3-4 years ago in a MS Windows environment - it was dead simple - literally a one-or-two-mouse-click operation. And I've used VMware quite a bit in a Mac environment, but recently that's been limited to virtualization of Linux OS... also dead simple to do.


Using VMware Fusion Professional Version 11.5.3 on a MacBook Pro running macOS High Sierra, I did the following to create a new macOS High Sierra virtual machine:


At this point you should now have a new macOS High Sierra virtual machine which you can choose to the finish clean building by manually installing the apps you need/want, and then restore your data from backup, or another option is to try using Migration Assistant instead.


As a side note, before you start the install, I'd make a copy of the virtual machine's configuration file and a copy of Hard Disk 2 (SATA) the temporary installer vHDD as you might find it useful if you choose to go the cloning route. These file are found within the document bundle of the virtual machine, e.g.,:


After creating the macOS USB Installer you'll use vmware-rawdiskCreator to create a raw disk VMDK of the macOS USB Installer to manually add to the configuration file of the macOS High Sierra virtual machine following the directions in: Creating a raw disk VMDK and adding it to the Virtual machine in Fusion (2097401)


I moved the Install macOS High Sierra-pt.vmdk and Install macOS High Sierra.vmdk files to within the document bundle of the virtual machine and edited the configuration file, e.g. macOS 10.13.6.vmx, adding the following lines:


When starting the virtual machine with a raw disk VMDK you'll be prompted with a password dialog box stating, VMware Fusion requires administrative privileges for accessing Boot Camp disks.; however this is a generic message displayed for any raw disk VMDK, not just when running a Boot Camp install as a virtual machine.


The workaround, assuming the copy of the Install macOS High Sierra.app application bundle is actually not damaged, is to temporally disconnect the Network Adapter of the virtual machine, so it cannot communicate with an NTP Time Server, and temporally set the date to any date before October 24, 2019.


Make a High Sierra VM in VMware Fusion by selecting File, New... from the menu bar, and then drag-and-drop the file Install macOS High Sierra.app into the VMware Fusion dialog box. Follow the guided process:


Finally, copy the .vmwarevm file from the High Sierra Mac (the real, physical one) to the Catalina Mac. Once you have the file positioned where you want it, right-click on it, and select the option to open the file with VMware Fusion.


From this point, the rest is bog-standard for creating a VM in VMware Fusion - consult the VMware Fusion documentation if you have any questions. The ISO file will be used to install and create a High Sierra VM on macOS Catalina. You will be prompted for location, language, etc - same as when you set up macOS on a new machine. The entire process took about 12-15 minutes on on my Macbook Pro.


Oracle VM VirtualBox is a free application that allows you to run virtual machines (VMs) on your computer through software-based and hardware-assisted x86 virtualization. VirtualBox runs on Windows, macOS, and Linux, and supports a wide array of guest operating systems.


Mac machines are somewhat special compared to other computers. They tend to provide users with a premium feel with both the hardware and software fully equipped with abundant features. Apple exclusively makes most of the components or assembles the hardware from different tech manufacturers and then builds OS for these computers which is quite different from how other computer manufacturers do. With both the hardware and software component put together by Apple, the device get better compatibility features and aesthetic sense.


So, we have everything about the Mac OS High Sierra, and with this, we can move ahead to installing the ISO/ DMG file onto Mac systems. Here is the simple step-by-step procedure to install Mac OS High Sierra on a Mac computer or virtual machine.


Today I'd like to walk you through how to get Big Sur installed and up and running in a virtual machine on your Ubuntu or similar host machine. In this article I'll focus on steps and commands that are tailored towards Ubuntu 20.04, but I'm sure you'll be able to tweak things a bit to tailor towards whatever flavor you're running to get things to work similarly.


You do not need a physical Mac to download anything necessary to create this VM. We'll be using a few tools to fetch and extract the installer files needed right from your host machine.


Which is the best Mac emulator for Windows? How to install a macOS virtual machine on PC? In this post, MiniTool Partition Wizard gives you a step-by-step guide on how to install a macOS virtual machine on PC via VMware.


However, comparing Windows PCs, the Mac PCs have a more beautiful design and are easier to use. If you don't want to buy an Apple computer but want to try this operating system, you can choose to either use hackintoshes or install a macOS virtual machine on Windows.


However, installing hackintoshes is very complicated. If your PC's specs are not very bad, installing a macOS virtual machine is recommended. Then, which is the best Mac emulator for Windows? Most people will choose between VirtualBox and VMware. I am of no exception.


The reason may be that installing a macOS virtual machine on VirtualBox needs a file named "VirtualBox Boot.vmdk". I see this process in many videos but unfortunately many posts don't mention this step. In addition, if you want to get this file, you must download it from some posts that are some private websites full of ads. I don't like that, so I choose to try VMware.


Fortunately, my colleague in technical department has ever succeeded in installing a macOS virtual machine with VMware. Thanks to him, this post can be completed smoothly. So, in my mind, VMware is the best Mac emulator for Windows, although this judgment is a little subjective.


Then, you need to download the unlocker file that is the key file making VMware allow you to install macOS virtual machine. The unlocker file is released on GitHub, an open-source project hosting platform. On this platform, the developer will publish the source code of the unlocker file. Therefore, in my mind, the unlocker file is reliable. Please follow the steps below:


This step is recommended, because the virtual machine file will become larger and larger. Placing all virtual machine files into one partition is in favor of centralized management. To make a partition, you can use the shrink volume feature in Disk Management. But MiniTool Partition Wizard can help you make a partition more easily.


Step 4: Check the name and the location of the macOS virtual machine. Then, click Next. Specify disk capacity. Please make sure the max size is at least 40 GB and then click Next. Then, click Finish.


Step 5: Go to VM > Settings. In the Virtual Machine Settings window, you can change the macOS hardware settings. I recommend you to change the Memory to at least 4GB, otherwise the macOS virtual machine will not run smoothly. Click OK to save changes.


Step 6: Then, you need to modify the configuration file, otherwise you will get VMware unrecoverable error when booting the macOS. First, please navigate to the location of the macOS virtual machine in your PC. Right click the macOS virtual machine configuration file (.vmx) and open it with notepad.


Step 7: In the notepad, scroll down to find the code line: smc.present = "TRUE". Under this code line, add the following code line: smc.version = "0". Then, save and exit. Now, you can start the macOS virtual machine and it should open smoothly.


Do you want to run Mac on Windows? Installing hackintoshes on PC may be complicated. You can try using a Mac emulator for Windows. This post gives you a step-by-step guide on how to install a macOS virtual machine on Windows PC via VMware.Click to Tweet


Is this post useful to you? Have you encountered problem when following the above steps to install macOS virtual machine? Do you know other good Mac emulators for Windows? Please leave a comment in the following zone.


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