How to Install macOS Mojave 10.14 on VMware ESXi 6.7

In this article, we will install macOS 10.14 on ESXi. And then, we will fix the error of screen resolution by installing VMware Tools on the macOS virtual machine.

How to Install macOS Mojave 10.14 on VMware ESXi 6.7

How to Install macOS Mojave 10.14 on ESXi 6.7 (6.7U2)

On June 4, 2018, Apple released a new version of the MacOS operating system, 10.14, for developers. MacOS 10.14 was called Mojave. The full version of the macOS Mojave will probably be available for everyone in September or October.

What is VMware ESXi? VMware ESXi is a server virtualization solution. VMware ESXi is also known as VMware vSphere Hypervisor. VMware ESXi is a Hypervisor Type 1 virtualization solution.

You can setup and run Apple’s MacOS operating systems without having a Mac computer. In our previous articles, we installed MacOS with VMware Workstation, VirtualBox, and ESXi.

In this article, we will install macOS Mojave 10.14 on ESXi. Version 6.7 of VMware ESXi was released on April 17, 2018. If you are using VMware ESXi 6.5 on an existing infrastructure, you can upgrade your infrastructure to a new release by browsing the article called How to Upgrade VMware ESXi 6.5.

How to Run macOS Mojave on VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi 6.7

After you install VMware ESXi 6.7, you need to download some files needed for Mojave installation. Download the macOS Mojave ISO file, VM Unlocker and VM Tools from the following links.

After downloading the necessary files for the setup of macOS Mojave 10.14 from the above links, upload these files to your vSphere server. If you do not know how to upload files to ESXi, you can browse How to Copy Files to  ESXi Datastore.

After uploading the files on Datastore, you need to prepare for the virtual machine setup. First, enable SSH and connect to your VMware ESXi server using the Putty program.

After connecting with SSH, you need to setup VMware Unlocker to run macOS on VMware ESXi.

Follow the steps below to install macOS Mojave 10.14 on your server.

How to Install VMware Unlocker on VMware ESXi

Follow the steps below to setup VMware ESXi Unlocker.

   Step 1

The files in Datastore are as follows. Go to the next step to enable SSH on VMware ESXi.

Uploading Unlocker to ESXi Datastore

   Step 2

On the ESXi 6.7 server, press F2, and then press Enter on the Troubleshoot Mode Options. Press Enter on the Enable SSH option to enable SSH.

Enabling SSH in vSphere ESXi

   Step 3

After enabling SSH, download the Putty program from here and open the program. To make an SSH connection to your ESXi server, type the server’s IP address and select SSH. Then click the Open button to connect.

Connecting to ESXi Server using PuTTY

   Step 4

After typing your username and password, press Enter.

Typing Username and Password in ESXi

   Step 5

After successfully connecting to the server, use the following commands to extract the zipped file to setup VMware Unlocker.

cd vmfs
cd volumes
cd datastore
unzip VMwareUnlocker2.1.1forESXi6.7.zip

 
unzip VMwareUnlocker2.1.1forESXi6.7.zip

   Step 6

To setup VMware Unlocker on VMware ESXi, apply the following commands in the terminal.

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

 
./esxi-install.sh

   Step 7

After installing vSphere ESXi Unlocker, restart your server with Reboot command.

Restarting ESXi Server

How to Create a New Virtual Machine for macOS

After installing vSphere ESXi Unlocker, follow the steps below to create and configure a new virtual machine.

   Step 1

After connecting to vSphere ESXi 6.7 via a web browser, click on Virtual Machines and then Create / Register VM.

Creating a New Virtual Machine in ESXi

   Step 2

In the Create New Virtual Machine window, select Create a new virtual machine and click on the Next button.

Creating a New Virtual Machine in ESXi

   Step 3

Configure macOSMojave1014 for the VM name and set Compatibility to ESXi 6.7, Guest OS Family setting to Mac OS and Guest OS Version to Apple macOS 10.14 (64-bit) and click Next to continue.

Apple macOS 10.14 (64-bit)

   Step 4

Select Datastore and click Next.

Select Storage

   Step 5

Configure the number of processors to 2 and the RAM size to 4 GB.

Customize Settings

   Step 6

Configure the Network Adapter and then click Datastore ISO File to add the ISO file to the virtual machine.

Also, configure the Video Card option to Auto-detect settings.

Auto-detect settings

   Step 7

Select the ISO file.

macOS Mojave ISO

   Step 8

Finally, enable the Hardware Virtualization and Performance Counters options for the virtual machine’s processor configuration, and click Next.

Enabling Hardware Virtualization

   Step 9

The summary information of the 10.14 virtual machine to be installed on vSphere ESXi 6.7 is as follows. Click on the Finish button to continue the installation.

Ready to Continue

How to Install macOS in vSphere ESXi

After making the necessary configurations on vSphere ESXi 6.7, follow the steps below for installing macOS.

   Step 1

Run the virtual machine by clicking on the Power on button.

Running macOS Virtual Machine

   Step 2

Wait for the installation to start.

Running macOS Virtual Machine

   Step 3

Select your macOS system language and click Continue.

Selecting System Language in macOS Mojave

   Step 4

To make the disk configuration, select Disk Utility and click the Continue button.

Disk Utility

   Step 5

Once you have selected the Virtual SATA Hard Drive Media disk, click the Erase button.

VMware Virtual SATA Hard Drive Media

   Step 6

Once you have configured the disk name, format and Scheme settings, click the Erase button again.

Configuring macOS Mojave Disk Drive

   Step 7

After configuring the hard disk of macOS virtual machine, click on the Done button and then close the Disk Utility.

Configuring macOS Mojave Disk Drive

   Step 8

Select the Install macOS option and click the Continue button.

Install macOS

   Step 9

Click the Continue button to launch the MacOS installation on vSphere ESXi.

Continue to Install macOS Mojave

   Step 10

Select the disk to install macOS 10.14 and click the Install button.

Selecting the Disk to be Installed

   Step 11

Wait while it is are copying the necessary files for macOS Mojave installation.

About 15 Minutes Remaining

   Step 12

Wait while it is installing macOS Mojave on vSphere Hypervisor. This may take some time…

Installing macOS Mojave

   Step 13

After copying the installation files, the virtual machine will restart and you will see the following image. You need to configure the latest settings of the macOS Mojave.

Select the country you live in and click Continue.

Choosing Region

   Step 14

Select your keyboard layout and click Continue.

Select Your Keyboard

   Step 15

To accept Apple’s Data & Privacy settings, click Continue directly.

Data and Privacy

   Step 16

If you are installing a clean macOS Mojave, you can continue with Don’t transfer any information now.

Don't transfer any information now

   Step 17

Click Sign Up Later and then Skip to sign in later on Apple.

Sign Up Later

   Step 18

Click the Agree button to accept the MacOS Mojave software license agreement.

Accepting License Agreement

   Step 19

Create a new user account for macOS Mojave operating system and click Continue.

Create a Computer Account

   Step 20

Click on Continue to allow applications such as Apple’s Maps, Find My Mac and allow you to send the errors you have on your Mac to Apple.

Find My Mac

   Step 21

The biggest feature of macOS Mojave 10.14 is the Dark theme. Select Dark appearance and click Continue.

Choose Your Look

   Step 22

Once you have successfully installed macOS Mojave on vSphere, you can check the version from the Apple Logo / About.

macOS Mojave Version

How to Install VMware Tools for macOS Mojave on vSphere

After installing macOS Mojave you need to install VMware Tools. With VM Tools, you can use the virtual machine in full-screen mode and get the virtual machine to run more efficiently.

To install VMware Tools on an macOS virtual machine, follow the steps below in order.

   Step 1

Close the virtual machine and click the Edit button as shown below.

Editing Virtual Machine

   Step 2

Upload Darwin.iso file into Datastore and then select Darwin.iso file in the Datastore Browser window.

Darwin.iso

   Step 3

After adding the darwin.iso file to the macOS virtual machine, click the Save button to save the settings.

CD/DVD Media

   Step 4

Now, run the Mojave virtual machine.

Power on VM

   Step 5

Double-click on the VM Tools installation image and in the window that opens, double-click Install VMware Tools to installation.

Install VMware Tools

   Step 6

In the VM Tools Installer window, click the Continue button.

VMware Tools Installer

   Step 7

Click the Continue Installation button again.

Continue Installation

   Step 8

Type your user account name and password, and then click the Install Software button.

Enter Root Password

   Step 9

Click the OK button to turn off the Not Optimized for VM Tools Mac option.

Not Optimized for VM Tools Mac

   Step 10

Click the Open Security Preferences button if you encounter System Extension Blocked alert.

System Extension Blocked

   Step 11

Click the Allow button to allow the VM Tools setup file.

Security and Privacy

   Step 12

After setting up VM Tools for macOS, click the Restart button to restart the virtual machine.

The installation was successful

   Step 13

After the macOS 10.14 virtual machine restarts, make the virtual machine full screen.

Virtual Machine Full Screen

   Step 14

You can understand whether VM Tools is running on the full screen of the virtual machine.

Virtual Machine Full Screen

   Final Word


In this article, we have installed macOS Mojave 10.14 on vSphere 6.7. Finally, we have resolved the screen resolution issue. Thanks for following us!

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23 Comments

  1. Avatar for James James July 12, 2018

    Thanks for your work.

    Unfortunately I can’t execute the esxi-install.sh script as root “operation not permitted”.

    Please advise.

    Even by executing the commands manually I can’t install MacOS. It stucks in a reboot loop.

    THANKS IN ADVANCE!

    Reply
    • Avatar for Richard Richard August 31, 2018

      I had the same issue, it turns out secure boot has to be disabled in the bios before attempting the install, you can re-enable secure boot after the unlocker install. this info is not found anywhere online!

      Reply
      • Avatar for John Smith John Smith October 8, 2018

        Thanks for the tip – I was able to install unlocker by disabling secure boot, but mojave setup still keeps rebooting. Can you remember what else you did to get the install going?

        Reply
        • Avatar for tolqabaqci tolqabaqci October 9, 2018

          What is your processor model?

          Reply
        • Avatar for John Smith John Smith October 19, 2018

          It was my mistake actually – I installed unlocker, and the script finished correctly indicating that it had installed, but I found out the hard way that it was not.

          In any case, there is a new unlocker script out now by DrDonk specific for esxi (link is https://github.com/DrDonk/esxi-unlocker) which installed correctly (you can verify that unlocker is installed by looking at boot.cfg file and verify that unlocker.tgz is included). It will also be displayed when esxi is booting (make sure UEFI safe boot is disabled).

          All good now. Many thanks for your support.

          Reply
  2. Avatar for PMP PMP October 17, 2018

    Hello,

    Fantastic article. I was able to get this working without any issues at all!

    I do have a question though… In the past, with Unlocker, I’ve had to re-run the esxi-install.sh anytime I applied updates to my hosts. Is this still the case as far as you know?

    Thanks!

    Reply
  3. Avatar for PMP PMP October 17, 2018

    Answered my own question after applying updates: Yes.

    Reply
  4. Avatar for anton anton December 29, 2018

    Hallo tolqabaqci,
    at first, thank you very much for a lot of manuals you wrote.
    Now my question – I am a little bit confused. I do understand, that I need the unlocker to install any macOS under VMware workstation – VMware workstation does not official support Apple OS. But I do not understand why I need an unlocker for VMware ESVi 6.x – I see “Mac OS” in “Select Guest OS Family” menu if I create new VM. I guessed ESVi supports native the Mac OS and it is not necessary to unlock it – am I wrong? Thank you.

    Reply
    • Avatar for tolqabaqci tolqabaqci December 29, 2018

      There is a macOS option when creating a new virtual machine on ESXi, but the system will restart automatically when you try to install macOS. Therefore you will need to use macOS Unlocker.

      Try to install macOS on ESXi without Unlocker and observe the result.

      Reply
      • Avatar for anton anton December 29, 2018

        Thank you for the prompt answer. You are right, the system starts over and over. But I really don’t understand the vmware logic – one can select the macOS but can’t install it. On the VMware internet site the macOS is specified as a valid guest system for ESVi 6.x It is really strange.

        Reply
        • Avatar for tolqabaqci tolqabaqci December 29, 2018

          You’re welcome.

          To understand this, you need to try older versions of macOS on ESXi. I haven’t tried it before, but I’m going to look at it when it’s time.

          Reply
  5. Avatar for John Whick John Whick January 4, 2019

    It worked like a champ. THANKS mate.

    Quick questions, how do I make the resolution of the monitor bigger? When I remote desktop into it I get this tiny little window to work with 🙁

    Thanks again mate

    Reply
    • Avatar for tolqabaqci tolqabaqci January 4, 2019

      Thank you, thank you for your comment.

      Did you install VMware Tools after installing Mojave on ESXi?

      Reply
      • Avatar for John Whick John Whick January 6, 2019

        Yes indeed VMware tools are installed Sir

        Reply
        • Avatar for tolqabaqci tolqabaqci January 6, 2019

          In Virtual machine settings, make sure that you have Video Card: Auto-Detect Settings.

          Reply
          • Avatar for John Whick John Whick January 6, 2019

            Thanks. Strange for my video card settings I only 2 options, default and custom settings. I don’t see the auto-detect for some reason. ??

  6. Avatar for Mark Mark January 10, 2019

    Hello!
    I’ve installed the unlocker and rebooted my ESXi 6.7 host but the MacOS VM does not get out of a boot loop. The VM reports some sort of panic and spits out a bunch of non-readable text. Have you ever come across this issue?
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Avatar for tolqabaqci tolqabaqci January 10, 2019

      Hello there.

      The situation you encountered is very interesting, I have never encountered such an error.

      In the ESXi Virtual Machine Creation window, you can try selecting the MacOS Sierra for the virtual machine.

      Or try defining 2 or 4 processors to the macOS virtual machine.

      Reply
  7. Avatar for Alan Alan July 15, 2019

    Hiya! Thanks for the awesome guide. I am however stuck at installation, when booting for first time (with ISO loaded to boot from) after the bar has gone across I get the sto symbol and it won’t go any further. Any ideas? I’m running ESXi 6.7 on a Dell Poweredge R510 (Dual Xeon X5670).

    Reply
    • Avatar for Alan Alan July 16, 2019

      Hiya! Thanks for the awesome guide. I am however stuck at installation, when booting for first time (with ISO loaded to boot from) after the bar has gone across I get the sto symbol and it won’t go any further. Any ideas? I’m running ESXi 6.7 on a Dell Poweredge R510 (Dual Xeon X5670).

      ***edit*** Fixed! It was my dodgy ISO, I installed from the USB I’d made instead.

      Reply
  8. Avatar for Ruslan Ruslan September 20, 2019

    Hello, I’ve installed the unlocker 2.1.1 and rebooted my ESXi 6.7.
    Now i can not login to the host vm
    This error:
    503 service unavailable (failed to connect to endpoint: [N7Vmacore4Http16LocalServiceSpecE0x0000000ada09e790]_serverNamespace = / action = Allow _port = 8309 )

    Reply
  9. Avatar for Bob Bob October 31, 2019

    The instructions work fine, however it would fail with this error: “This copy of the Install macOS High Sierra application is damaged, and can’t be used to install macOS.” This error was on multiple .iso files that I downloaded from this article. Doing a Google search reveals that the issue is due to expired certificates.
    (https://9to5mac.com/2019/10/24/macos-application-damaged/) Is there a way that the iso files can be downloaded again and provided for download with the new certificates?
    Thank you.

    Reply
  10. Avatar for Haseeb Amjad Haseeb Amjad October 31, 2019

    I am getting this error when in install the macOS
    “This copy of installed macOS Mojave is damaged and can’t be used to install macOS”
    Could you please guide me about this error?

    Reply

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