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OS X Virtual Machine on Intel

by on Feb.22, 2008, under IT Adventures

Last year I had some fun getting an OS X virtual machine  running under VM Ware server on my Windows box. (That was a geeky thing back then.) That box since died and I built a new system with Open Suse 10.3 as the primary OS. I installed VM Ware server and rounded up the Virtual Machine files I had made for this OS X Virtual Machine under Windows and just copied them into the new Linux environment. Honestly, I thought it would likely choke – I didn’t expect simply dropping the VM files into the Linux install to actually work – it did.

I find it greatly amusing to run OS X on my regular old Intel P4 2.8 generic system. It runs pretty much perfectly, though is slow given the fact the underlying Linux OS and the hosted OS X VM are all running on 512MB or memory, hehehe . . . All the more humor.

Getting the VM configured the first time required a few install attempts and a couple partitioning attempts from the install disk. If you want to run OS X on an generic Intel platform I found this site to be very helpful: http://www.osx86project.org/

Here is the underlying Linux host OS, Open Suse 10.3 running VMWare Server:


And here is the OS X running as a Guest OS:

OS X Virtual Machine

I truly love VM Ware. You can run multiple different OSes simultaneously and switch effortless between them – Linux, Solaris, OS X, Windows – all running nicely. You can even make a virtual machine from your existing physical machines and move the entire install around to different hardware as though it were basically a file. You can also download many ready to go virtual machine appliances for all manner of purposes to test drive, all without having to install the OS and stack needed – download a virtual appliance to check out Wikipedia, or check out pfsense – a FreeBSD firewall appliance – and you won’t even have to bleed getting it all set up and sacrificing to the BSD Gods – just install and run the entire environment virtually.

I first started playing around running Virtual Machines about a year and a half ago. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. If you have not already, I highly suggest you play around with this. At long last, running whatever platform I want with easy. Wow, I remember talking about how nice that would be . . . someday. The frustration of trying to get multiple OSes to get along with each other, etc. All that is basically history. This makes me feel like a kid again – it’s what I always wanted to be able to do. While virtualizaton  is hardly new technology – the easy of use (and low cost) it has reached is unparalleled.

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  3. Roadrunner


    If you could please include some instruction on how you got it to work I would really appreciate it. Thinking about doing the exact setup myself and all help would be greatly appreciated =)
    Thanks in advance,

  4. admin

    Hi there,

    I just replied to your email address, please check there. Thanks for stopping by – I will see if I can assist you via email.


  5. Magikben

    Yes, some additional info on how you constructed the VM would be great. If you don’t want to publish it here, can you send it over?

  6. wes

    Please send me some info on how you set up a mac os x client as a vm? i would like to run a “legal” copy of os x in my windows environment. Thanks

  7. Broman


    Like Roadrunner, I’ve been trying to do the exact same thing. Any information that you can share would be fantastic.


  8. jacob

    Could you send me a virtual appliance of your working OSX VM? Or perhaps lead me to the water to create my own?

  9. jacob

    could you send me your virtual appliance for OSX? Or perhaps lead me to the water of creating my own?

  10. Steve

    I am interested in trying to get OSX running in windows, could you also send me the instructions on how to do that? Thanks in advance and nice work! 🙂

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