Anyone virtualize OSX with Parallels or VMWare?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by iBunny, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. iBunny macrumors 65816

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    The majority of us use Parallels and/or VMWare to virtualize Windows XP, Vista, or 7 however there also is an option to run a virtualized installation of OSX as well.

    Does anyone do this?

    How is the performance?

    Which do you prefer for OSX, Parallels or VMWare?
     
  2. gumbyx84 macrumors 6502

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    You can only run a OS X VM using OS X Server and Fusion as far as I know. Its most used by network admins. There is yet to be a consumer product that runs OS X (standard not Server). Even if one does come out, it will be exclusive to Mac releases of the software due to Apple OS X license. Apple does not want OS X to run on anything other then Apple hardware, virtual or not.

    Article: http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2008/01/virtual-leopa-1.html
     
  3. brkirch macrumors regular

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    Parallels can install Mac OS X Server into a VM as well. Unfortunately Parallels also prevents Mac OS X from running in a VM if it is not the server version, just like Fusion does.
     
  4. BobZune macrumors 6502a

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    The Mac OS X *DESKTOP* license does not permit it to be run as a GUEST in Virtual Machines (only as a Host OS), hence none of the VM makers (Parallels/VMWARE) provide that feature. The Mac OS X *SERVER* license does permit it to be a guest OS under the VM. [You can probably hack the OS X Desktop to run under a VM, but you'll be violating the license agreement.]
     

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