How to Install macOS High Sierra on VMware ESXi

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

How to Install macOS High Sierra on VMware ESXi

How to Install 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 Install macOS High Sierra on VMware ESXi 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.

   Step 1

Once you have copied the VMware Unlocker211.zip file to Datastore, open Putty.

VMware Unlocker211.zip

   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.

vmfs/volumes/datastore1

   Step 4

Execute the unzip VMwareUnlocker211.zip command to extract VMwareUnlocker211.zip file.

unzip VMwareUnlocker211.zip

 
unzip VMwareUnlocker211.zip

   Step 5

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

cd VMUnlocker211/
ls
cd esxi
ls
chmod +x esxi-install.sh
./esxi-install.sh
reboot

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

./esxi-install.sh

   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 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.

Starting macOS High Sierra in ESXi

   Step 9

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

Selecting System Language for macOS in ESXi

   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 button to launch the setup on vSphere ESXi.

Continue to installing macOS

   Step 14

Accept the Apple OS license agreement.

Accepting macOS License Agreement

   Step 15

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

How to Install macOS High Sierra on VMware ESXi

   Step 16

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

How to Install macOS High Sierra on VMware ESXi

   Step 17

Select the country you live in and click Continue.

How to Install macOS High Sierra on VMware ESXi

   Step 18

Choose your keyboard layout and continue with setup.

How to Install macOS High Sierra on VMware ESXi

   Step 19

In the Data & Privacy window, click Continue.

How to Install macOS High Sierra on VMware ESXi

   Step 20

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

How to Install macOS High Sierra on VMware ESXi

   Step 21

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

How to Install macOS High Sierra on VMware ESXi

   Step 22

Accept the macOS software license agreement.

How to Install macOS High Sierra on VMware ESXi

   Step 23

Configure your user account information and click Continue.

How to Install macOS High Sierra on VMware ESXi

   Step 24

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

How to Install macOS High Sierra on VMware ESXi

   Step 25

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

How to Install macOS High Sierra on VMware ESXi

   Step 26

Select your time zone and click Continue.

How to Install macOS High Sierra on VMware ESXi

   Step 27

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

How to Install macOS High Sierra on VMware ESXi

   Step 28

Setting up your Mac virtual machine…

How to Install macOS High Sierra on VMware ESXi

   Step 29

We have successfully installed macOS High Sierra using VM ESXi!

How to Install macOS High Sierra on VMware ESXi

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How to Install macOS High Sierra on VMware ESXi

   Final Word

In this article, we have installed macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 with VMware ESXi 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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