Anyone virtualize OSX with Parallels or VMWare?

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

  1. iBunny macrumors 65816

    Apr 15, 2004
    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


    Dec 7, 2008
    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.

  3. brkirch macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2001
    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

    Oct 26, 2007
    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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