Mac on Virtual machine????


Is it possible to install a Mac O/S as an operating system in virtual environment.

For instance, create a virtual machine in vsphere using Mac O/S?

If so, what Mac O/S that is suitable to run on virtual environment? Is it resource hunger?

Many thanks
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Apple Snow Leopard Software License Agreement (EULA)

2. Permitted License Uses and Restrictions.

A. Single Use License. Subject to the terms and conditions of this License, unless you have purchased a Family Pack or Upgrade license for the Apple Software, you are granted a limited non-exclusive license to install, use and run one (1) copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple-branded computer at a time. You agree not to install, use or run the Apple Software on any non-Apple-branded computer, or to enable others to do so. This License does not allow the Apple Software to exist on more than one computer at a time, and you may not make the Apple Software available over a network where it could be used by multiple computers at the same time.

vSphere 5.0 now supports Mac OS X, providing you have installed vSphere 5.0 on an Apple Xserver.
IanThConnect With a Mentor Commented:
yes I have done it in v5 of vsphere
in regard of resources I didn't see it when I did it before xmas
my host was not doing much so I couldn't really tell as I dont have it anymore but I dont think so
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strungConnect With a Mentor Commented:
It is both legal and possible to run Mac OS in a virtual machine such as VMWare Fusion, but only on Apple hardware. It is a violation of the Apple EULA to run a Mac OS on non-Apple hardware.
Neil RussellConnect With a Mentor Technical Development LeadCommented:
Correct. You can ONLY run ANY MacOS on Apple Hardware. Any install on any other hardware is a breach of the licence terms.
mcse2007Author Commented:
What happens next if in breach of license terms? Will they ever find out?
Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
It is against the rules of EE to advise in anyway on how to breach the law.  

However you can run Vmware Fussion on a Mac and then virtualize in that with no problems.
mcse2007Author Commented:
In Mac, Using Vmware Fussion, you do physical to virtual?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No, it's against the EULA.

This is what the Mods have said...


While we certainly admire our EE community when they are expanding their knowledge into relatively uncharted territory, we still abide by a rather clear-cut set of rules that help all of us avoid legal and/or licensing issues.  As a result, I am going to zero-out the points for this question and close it as a simple example of areas that should not be explored within our community.

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