How to Install macOS High Sierra on VMware ESXi 6.7 (6.7U2)

In this article, we’ll examine how to build macOS High Sierra on a virtual machine on VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi server.

How to Install macOS High Sierra on VMware ESXi 6.7 (6.7U2)

How to Run macOS High Sierra on VMware ESXi

It is simple to install macOS High Sierra on a 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 the 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 set up macOS High Sierra on vSphere ESXi.

How to Setup macOS High Sierra on vSphere 6.5/6.7U2

If this is your first time doing ESXi installation, check out How to Install vSphere. After you have installed the ESXi, download the macOS ISO files from the following links.

Upload the macOS ISO and VMware files to Datastore on VMware ESXi. Then, download the Putty program to make an SSH connection.

To set up Mac OS on VMware ESXi, follow the instructions below.

Step 1

After you copy the VMware file in Datastore, open Putty.


Step 2

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.

Connecting to ESXi Server using SSH

Step 3

On the console screen, go to vmfs/volumes/datastore1.


Step 4

Execute the unzip command to extract the file.



Step 5

After extracting the VMware file, please enter it in the folder and execute the following commands to build VMware Unlocker on VMware ESXi.

cd VMUnlocker211/
cd esxi
chmod +x

After setting up VMware Unlocker on VMware ESXi, restart your VMware ESXi server using the reboot command.


Step 6

Restarting VMware ESXi.

Restarting ESXi Server

Step 7

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.

Apple Mac OS X 10.12 (64-bit)

Step 8

Add the ISO file to the virtual PC and run the virtual machine. After starting the VM, the installation will begin as in the image below.

Starting macOS High Sierra

Step 9

On the macOS setup screen, select your system language and continue.

Selecting System Language

Step 10

Open the Disk Utility program in the macOS Utilities window.

macOS Utilities

Step 11

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.

Formatting macOS Disk

Step 12

Select Install macOS in the macOS Utilities window and click the Continue button.

Install macOS

Step 13

Click on the Continue area to start the setup on vSphere ESXi.

Continue to installing macOS

Step 14

Accept the Apple OS license agreement.

Accepting License Agreement

Step 15

Select the disk you want to install and click the Continue button.

Selecting the Disk

Step 16

Once the installation files have been copied, the virtual machine will restart.

Installing macOS

Step 17

Please select where you live and click the Continue button.

Select Region

Step 18

Choose your keyboard layout and continue with the setup.

Keyboard Layout

Step 19

To proceed, please click on Continue in the Data & Privacy window.

Data and Privacy

Step 20

For clean installation, select Don’t transfer any information now and click Continue.

Transfer Information to This Mac

Step 21

Click Set Up Later to configure your Apple ID account later.

Set Up Later

Step 22

Accept the macOS software license agreement.

Terms and Conditions

Step 23

Configure your user account information and click Continue.

Create a New Username

Step 24

Click on Customize Settings to configure Apple’s map, location, and data-sending properties.

Express Set Up

Step 25

If you want to enable location services, select Enable Location Services on this Mac and click Continue.

Enable Location Services

Step 26

Select your time zone and click Continue.

Select Your Time Zone

Step 27

If you want to send Mac data analysis to Apple developers, select Share Mac Analytics with Apple.


Step 28

You are setting up your Mac virtual machine.

Setting Up Your Mac

Step 29

We have successfully installed the Mac operating system using VM ESXi!

Checking macOS Version

How to Install VMware Tools for macOS Virtual Machine

You must install VM Tools for the macOS virtual machine on which you installed vSphere ESXi. Check out this article on installing VM Tools using the Darwin.iso file on a macOS virtual machine.

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