VMware Fusion will not launch Snow Leopard install for VM

robertcoogan

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I have a copy of my Snow Leopard install DVD on ISO (I used PowerISO under Windows 10 in BootCamp to rip it). When I try to launch it in VMware Fusion 11, Fusion says that it doesn't recognize the OS as Mac OS X Server. I have looked this up, and I still have no idea why it would say this, other than it doesn't seem to have a setting for 10.6 (non-server, client) install. Just 10.6 server. Most of the fixes for this involve VMware Workstation, and I only have Fusion [v11.5.3] and VirtualBox. If anyone can help me solve this problem so I can boot 10.6 in a VM I would really, really appreciate it.

I just need a good VM of Snow Leopard that I can boot and connect to my network. And I don't want to mess with malware-riddled crap torrents. I have a copy of PowerISO for ripping discs, I have nothing on the macOS side that works that well. I do not have a copy of Workstation. Just Fusion and a the freebie VirtualBox.

Thank you -
 

DeltaMac

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One answer: Find a copy of Snow Leopard Server. That was the last OS X SERVER that installed as a complete, independent OS. Server products after Snow Leopard are apps, and just add-ons to the client OS.
VMWare asks for Snow Leopard Server, because that is the only form of Snow Leopard that can legitimately be used as a VM by VMWare (or any other VM app, for that matter)
 
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bernuli

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I have a copy of my Snow Leopard install DVD on ISO (I used PowerISO under Windows 10 in BootCamp to rip it). When I try to launch it in VMware Fusion 11, Fusion says that it doesn't recognize the OS as Mac OS X Server. I have looked this up, and I still have no idea why it would say this, other than it doesn't seem to have a setting for 10.6 (non-server, client) install. Just 10.6 server. Most of the fixes for this involve VMware Workstation, and I only have Fusion [v11.5.3] and VirtualBox. If anyone can help me solve this problem so I can boot 10.6 in a VM I would really, really appreciate it.

I just need a good VM of Snow Leopard that I can boot and connect to my network. And I don't want to mess with malware-riddled crap torrents. I have a copy of PowerISO for ripping discs, I have nothing on the macOS side that works that well. I do not have a copy of Workstation. Just Fusion and a the freebie VirtualBox.

Thank you -

Apple only allows SL Server to be virtualized. So VMware is complying with Apples Software license and blocking you from installing as a guest OS.
 

robertcoogan

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One answer: Find a copy of Snow Leopard Server. That was the last OS X SERVER that installed as a complete, independent OS. Server products after Snow Leopard are apps, and just add-ons to the client OS.
VMWare asks for Snow Leopard Server, because that is the only form of Snow Leopard that can legitimately be used as a VM by VMWare (or any other VM app, for that matter)
The only place to do that is through torrents, and I steer clear of those.
 

liya1201

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chrfr

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I have a copy of my Snow Leopard install DVD on ISO (I used PowerISO under Windows 10 in BootCamp to rip it). When I try to launch it in VMware Fusion 11, Fusion says that it doesn't recognize the OS as Mac OS X Server. I have looked this up, and I still have no idea why it would say this, other than it doesn't seem to have a setting for 10.6 (non-server, client) install. Just 10.6 server. Most of the fixes for this involve VMware Workstation, and I only have Fusion [v11.5.3] and VirtualBox. If anyone can help me solve this problem so I can boot 10.6 in a VM I would really, really appreciate it.

I just need a good VM of Snow Leopard that I can boot and connect to my network. And I don't want to mess with malware-riddled crap torrents. I have a copy of PowerISO for ripping discs, I have nothing on the macOS side that works that well. I do not have a copy of Workstation. Just Fusion and a the freebie VirtualBox.

Thank you -
Any newer version of macOS will virtualize just fine.
Is there a particular reason you need to use Snow Leopard? If so, it had been possible to buy Snow Leopard server directly from Apple for $19.95 (yes, the same price as the non-server version.) You might try calling the online Apple Store to see if it's still available. It was never listed on the website. I think it's no longer available, though, but still worth trying.
 

loby

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This will allow you to install non-server versions of Snow Leopard in VMWare Fusion 10 and 11. It works perfectly.

Have fun!
Anyone has an option to fix the audio driver? I looked around and tried a few options, but it did not work.

Also, anyone know how to get video rendering to work also? doesn't work (really desire to get idvd to work).

Thanks in advance.
 

chrfr

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Also, anyone know how to get video rendering to work also? doesn't work (really desire to get idvd to work).

Thanks in advance.
There's no graphics acceleration when running macOS in a virtual machine. You're never going to get apps which need acceleration to work.
 
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allan.nyholm

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There is no issue with having Snow Leopard non-Server installed using VMWare Fusion - choose a different OS to rely on in VMWare Fusion settings. I have absolutely done the installation using VMWare Fusion.. or was it Lion and not Snow Leopard... I remember upgrading all trough to Mavericks. My mind must play tricks on me.
 

bernuli

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There is no issue with having Snow Leopard non-Server installed using VMWare Fusion - choose a different OS to rely on in VMWare Fusion settings. I have absolutely done the installation using VMWare Fusion.. or was it Lion and not Snow Leopard... I remember upgrading all trough to Mavericks. My mind must play tricks on me.
Current VMWare Fusion blocks non Server version of SL.
 
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