In this article, we’ll examine how to build macOS High Sierra on a virtual machine on VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi server.
How to Run macOS High Sierra on VMware ESXi
It is quite simple to install macOS High Sierra on PC or Laptop with virtualization programs without a Mac computer.
In our previous articles, we installed the Sierra and High Sierra on Windows 10 using VMware Workstation and Oracle VM VirtualBox. In this article, we will build the High Sierra 10.13.4 with the virtual machine on the VM ESXi server.
Before installing macOS with VMware ESXi, you need to prepare the virtual machine for macOS. We were using VMware Unlocker to run macOS systems on VM Workstation. Likewise, we also need to use VM Unlocker to run macOS on VM ESXi.
First, download the VMware Unlocker 2.1.1 to your computer and upload it to the ESXi datastore. Then, follow the steps below to setup macOS High Sierra on vSphere ESXi.
How to Setup macOS High Sierra on vSphere 6.5/6.7U2
If you have not done ESXi installation before, check out How to Install VMware ESXi 6.7. After you have installed the ESXi, download the macOS ISO files from the following links.
Upload the macOS ISO and VMware Unlocker.zip files to Datastore on VMware ESXi. Then download the Putty program to make an SSH connection.
To setup Mac OS on VMware ESXi, follow the instructions below in order.
Once you have copied the VMware Unlocker211.zip file to Datastore, open Putty.
On Putty, type in the IP address of the ESXi server in the Hostname section and 22 in the Port section. Once you are sure that you have selected the SSH connection on Putty, click on the Open button.
Type your username and root password for the SSH connection.
On the console screen, go to vmfs/volumes/datastore1.
Execute the unzip VMwareUnlocker211.zip command to extract VMwareUnlocker211.zip file.
After extracting the VMware Unlocker.zip file, enter it in the folder and execute the following commands to build VMware Unlocker on VMware ESXi.
chmod +x esxi-install.sh
After setting up VMware Unlocker on VMware ESXi, restart your VMware ESXi server using the reboot command.
Restarting VMware ESXi…
After VMware ESXi is powered on, create a new virtual machine. In the macOS virtual machine, select Apple Mac OS X 10.12 (64-bit) in the Guest OS Version section.
Add the ISO file to the virtual machine and run the virtual machine. As shown below, the setup of macOS 10.13.4 on VM ESXi 6.5 / 6.7U2 will start.
On the macOS setup screen, select your system language and continue.
Open the Disk Utility program in the macOS Utilities window.
Format the virtual disk as you need to prepare the disk before installing macOS. Once you have formatted the macOS hard disk, close the Disk Utility window.
Select Install macOS in the macOS Utilities window and click the Continue button.
Click on the Continue button to launch the setup on vSphere ESXi.
Accept the Apple OS license agreement.
Select the disk you want to install and click the Continue button.
Once the installation files have been copied, the virtual machine will restart.
Select the country you live in and click Continue.
Choose your keyboard layout and continue with setup.
In the Data & Privacy window, click Continue.
For clean installation, select Don’t transfer any information now and click Continue.
Click Set Up Later to configure your Apple ID account later.
Accept the macOS software license agreement.
Configure your user account information and click Continue.
Click on Customize Settings to configure Apple’s map, location, and data sending properties.
If you want to enable location services, select Enable Location Services on this Mac and click Continue.
Select your time zone and click Continue.
If you want to send Mac data analysis to Apple developers, select Share Mac Analytics with Apple.
Setting up your Mac virtual machine…
We have successfully installed Mac operating system using VM ESXi!
How to Install VMware Tools for macOS Virtual Machine
It is important that you install VM Tools for the macOS virtual machine that you have installed in vSphere ESXi. To install VM Tools using the Darwin.iso file in the macOS virtual machine, click on the image below to browse the related article…
In this article, we have installed macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 with vSphere 6.5/6.7U2 running in VM Workstation 14 Pro in Windows 10 Enterprise 64-bit operating system. In our next article, we are going to install VM Tools for macOS virtual machine. Thanks for following us!
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