Rules with Parallels and multiple OS X instances...

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Imhotep397, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. Imhotep397 macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2002
    Ok, I've never run Parallels, but I need to get a new Mac that will allow me to run either or 10.5.0 in addition to ML (for a number of reasons.) I wanted to find out from Parallels owners whether this will work and what their experiences have been running OS X VMs in general.

    Will OS X instancing only work on OS X server?
    Will OS X instancing work via Parallels without Server?
    Once you have a Parallels OS X combination working on a new Mac can you make an older 10.4-10.5 Virtual Machine?
  2. VictoryHighway macrumors member


    Jun 22, 2008
    Hopedale, MA
    The guest operating systems must be Mac OS X server. Your host operating system needn't be the server variant.
  3. Imhotep397 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2002
    Thanks, so essentially the hardware won't stop any older version OS X running so long as it's the Server variant under Parallels? Have you tried the newer host, older Parallels OS X server VM? If so what was your combination? Were all services available as they would be from a native installation? Does all of this work on the Parallels desktop version or would I need the Parallels server version?
  4. Embio macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2010
    as of Lion you can run OS X client or server on top of OS X client or server. You can only run two instances of OS X client per license.
  5. Imhotep397 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2002
    Ok, I thought that's what I'd read somewhere and that's without Parallels? Does this operate via BootCamp? The crippling of old OS' on new hardware is something that still concerns me. I'm fine if the OS runs slower, but I do need either Tiger or Leopard to work though. Do you know if any testing, reviews, videos that demonstrate running OS X 10.4 or 10.5 running on a modern machine with Lion or Mountain Lion?
  6. Embio macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2010
    I'm curious what you need Tiger and Leopard for....

    Do you need the PowerPC or Intel versions?

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