VMWare Fusion on High Sierra


Alrescha

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I am using v8.5.8 which works for me. My use is very limited, as I only need a copy of Windows to manage some hardware.

I understand that it may not properly detect BootCamp volumes, but I have no experience with that.

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neliason

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Has anyone run a VM guest off a APFS drive? I’m wondering how that works. I have an external SSD I keep my VMs on. I would think APFS would be better than HFS+.
 

aml75

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Hello
Anyone running VMWare Fusion on Hight Sierra ?
Any issues ?
I updated to macOS High Sierra and Apple File System. VMware Fusion runs, and most VMs work....

BUT Bootcamp (Windows 10 Pro) would not load: Operation not Permitted, cannot open the disk//Application Support/VMware Fusion/Virtual Machines/Boot Camp/Boot Camp.

So I deleted it, and recreated with Fusion and I have a new error: VMware Fusion could not find any Boot Camp volumes on this Mac.

I think it breaks Bootcamp. I tried adding boot.ini file in native Windows 10 - still no joy.
 

neliason

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BUT Bootcamp (Windows 10 Pro) would not load: Operation not Permitted, cannot open the disk//Application Support/VMware Fusion/Virtual Machines/Boot Camp/Boot Camp.

So I deleted it, and recreated with Fusion and I have a new error: VMware Fusion could not find any Boot Camp volumes on this Mac.

I think it breaks Bootcamp. I tried adding boot.ini file in native Windows 10 - still no joy.
I don't think Microsoft works with APFS.

I'm not quite sure I understand what you are trying to do. Bootcamp is just Apple's boot manager/way to dual boot into Windows, right? With VM Ware you can just have a virtual machine that is Windows 10. It could be on any supported file system for the host (HFS+, APFS) but would use a native file system (NTFS) internally.
 

Identikit

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I don't think Microsoft works with APFS.

I'm not quite sure I understand what you are trying to do. Bootcamp is just Apple's boot manager/way to dual boot into Windows, right? With VM Ware you can just have a virtual machine that is Windows 10. It could be on any supported file system for the host (HFS+, APFS) but would use a native file system (NTFS) internally.
I can confirm that VMWare Fusion Pro cannot boot up bootcamp anymore on High Sierra. Evidently they are forcing people to upgrade to v10 to make it work again?

To answer your question, VMWare has an awesome feature where you can boot a bootcamp partition in VMWare. One image that can do both bootcamp and serve as a VM. Its awesome! But its broken now, which makes Fusion useless for me until I upgrade to v10.
 

micke1967

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Nov 1, 2012
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Hi All
I upgrade VM Ware Fusion from versin 8 to version 10.
The upgrade seemed to have gone well but when I started my image it went to black screen and states that I need to restart windows 7 (the OS in my vm ware image).
So I clicked on the "restart win7" and then VM Ware do something but is obvious it does not restart windows...then I get the black screen again and is prompted yet again to restart windows 7....so an eternal loop of frustration...

Does anyone know how this can be fixed??
or have any tip on stuff I can try??

Also how can I see if my IMAC has had its filesystem changed into the new filesystem?apfs

My IMAC has a fusion drive if that plays a role here..
All and any help or tip would be great..thanks
best regards Micael
 

Sfac

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Jul 6, 2011
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Hi All
I upgrade VM Ware Fusion from versin 8 to version 10.
The upgrade seemed to have gone well but when I started my image it went to black screen and states that I need to restart windows 7 (the OS in my vm ware image).
So I clicked on the "restart win7" and then VM Ware do something but is obvious it does not restart windows...then I get the black screen again and is prompted yet again to restart windows 7....so an eternal loop of frustration...

Does anyone know how this can be fixed??
or have any tip on stuff I can try??

Also how can I see if my IMAC has had its filesystem changed into the new filesystem?apfs

My IMAC has a fusion drive if that plays a role here..
All and any help or tip would be great..thanks
best regards Micael
Had the same problem, you have to edit your vm's vmx file and set to FALSE the value mks.enable3d, i was then able to start the vm.
 

micke1967

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Nov 1, 2012
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I tried edit the vmx-file as suggested but it did not help..same as per before..black screen prompting for win 7 restart..
It seem as the VM Ware fusion has gone into this evil loop so perhaps it doesn't read the vmx-file??
Is there any way to totally shut down and reboot the VM Ware fusion??and its read of the image?

However how can I be sure I edited the correct vmx file??

I only find one vmx file but it had last modified date in 2013...is that normal??
I work in vm ware image every day almost..
 

Sfac

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Jul 6, 2011
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Locate the file yourvmname.vmwarevm, right click on it -> show package contents, your vmx file should be there. I also change the values config.version = "8" virtualHW.version = "14" to update the vm to the latest compatibility.
 

micke1967

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Nov 1, 2012
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oops...doing "yourvmname.vmwarevm, right click on it -> show package content" there is no vmx file...perhaps that is why its not working...so the upgrade to fusion 10 killed the vmx file...
So is that repairable??
 

Demigod Mac

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I was able to fix the black screen issue by disabling graphics acceleration in the virtual machine's display preferences, booting, let it install VMware tools in the background, then shut the VM down and enable acceleration again and it should boot.
 

chrfr

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Locate the file yourvmname.vmwarevm, right click on it -> show package contents, your vmx file should be there. I also change the values config.version = "8" virtualHW.version = "14" to update the vm to the latest compatibility.
Why not just use the built in GUI option for this?
 

BookEmDanno

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State of ~Aloha!~
My Experience on VMware Fusion Pro.

On my High Sierra system, I updated to the latest version (10.0.1) just now. My SSD is formatted APFS, with trim enabled. VMware no longer works and I get this error message - "this host does not support 'Intel EPT' hardware assisted MMU virtualization." Got the same message when booting my CentOS, Debian and Windows VMs.

I downgraded my VMware Fusion back to "10.0.0" and now I do not get the error. Just an FYI.

~Mahalo~
 

mikeboss

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My Experience on VMware Fusion Pro.

On my High Sierra system, I updated to the latest version (10.0.1) just now. My SSD is formatted APFS, with trim enabled. VMware no longer works and I get this error message - "this host does not support 'Intel EPT' hardware assisted MMU virtualization." Got the same message when booting my CentOS, Debian and Windows VMs.

I downgraded my VMware Fusion back to "10.0.0" and now I do not get the error. Just an FYI.

~Mahalo~
iMac late 2015 4.0 GHz with 1.0 TB SSD (APFS), High Sierra clean install, Fusion Pro 10.0.1: debian, windows running just fine.
 

BookEmDanno

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State of ~Aloha!~
My Experience on VMware Fusion Pro.

On my High Sierra system, I updated to the latest version (10.0.1) just now. My SSD is formatted APFS, with trim enabled. VMware no longer works and I get this error message - "this host does not support 'Intel EPT' hardware assisted MMU virtualization." Got the same message when booting my CentOS, Debian and Windows VMs.

I downgraded my VMware Fusion back to "10.0.0" and now I do not get the error. Just an FYI.

~Mahalo~
After further testing, my downgrade was not working either. My guess is that the real culprit is converting my SSD format to APFS. Current version 10 probably only supports HFS+. Apologies for my previous post with the false alarm.
 

chrfr

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After further testing, my downgrade was not working either. My guess is that the real culprit is converting my SSD format to APFS. Current version 10 probably only supports HFS+. Apologies for my previous post with the false alarm.
10 works fine with APFS. Does your computer meet the system requirements? What model is it?