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I'm pretty new to Macs and would like to familiarize myself with the latest Mac OS. How do I install Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) in VMware? Is it possible without a lot of hacking around with it?

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Apple licensing does not allow for the virtualization of Mac OS X Client on any hardware and only allows for the virtualization of Mac OS X Server on Apple hardware. Anything else is in violation of the license agreement.

That being said, do a search for iDeneb via Google.

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No. Virtualization of Snow Leopard (Client) is not officially supported/allowed by any virtualization solution. (Well, at least for Leopard there were some unofficial hacks to install it with VMware Fusion but I never bothered...)

Apple does only allow virtualization of Snow Leopard Server on a Mac host. It is e.g. supported as a guest in VMware Fusion 3. But that won't help you.

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Interesting - as Apple now offers MAc-Minis running Server .. should I put my pinky to my mouth and go "muahahaha" ?? – Peter M Nov 9 '09 at 22:59
You can emulate it on plain VMware workstation with "hacks". The only involvement with Fusion is that you need the VMware tools from Fusion (because it is the only officially supported way of emulating Mac on Mac), but that's about it. – Nicholi Jul 29 '11 at 0:08

It is possible, but it requires hacking.

Basically, you need to do a few modifications to the .vmx file and use a modified install disk as this will save a lot of trouble.

I will not go in to details here on how to do it because am not sure that it is right to do so, but you may be interested in looking at the OSx86 project site as you will be able to learn a lot there.

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It is not officially supported, nor is it allowed according to Apple's license agreement, but it can be done. And requires no real effort, the "hacking" has already been done by others. There are alot of guides on how to do it. Working from either Windows or Linux with VMware.

Here is a guide/compilation of all the info you will need. Seen it working with VMware Workstation 7.1.4 and Snow Leopard.

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And if you want to get rid of all tediousness, just try to search vmware images from torrent sites. There are a plenty of 'out of the box' images for your need.

Search word? 'OS X Snow Leopard VMware Image', perhaps.

p.s:oh, may I mention this? Not illegal? :(

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