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Fix for installing macOS Sierra as a VM

I love our dev teams.

These folks work tirelessly to make sure that the crazy complexity that is Fusion and Workstation are able to support both the latest and greatest as well as the ancient and obsolete.

In this particular case, Apple had released a Developer Preview of their latest iteration of their Mac operating system previously called OS X. The new macOS Sierra has plenty of features to delight, but installing it in a virtual machine with VMware Fusion to test it out was met with some complications that I wrote about.

That workaround was a bit of an exercise, but our team has a more graceful fix ready to go now.

It’s a pretty small patch, only a couple of lines changed for one of our supporting scripts, but it makes the entire process as easy as ‘drag .app onto the New VM wizard, click next, wait for the magic to delight you’.

The Fix:

We need to replace a single file that’s located in your VMware Fusion app bundle.

To do this, go to your /Applications folder and right-click / ctrl-click the VMware Fusion.app

Select ‘Show Package Contents’

Navigate into Contents > Library

There’s a file in there called ‘Create Mavericks Installer.tool’. We must replace this with the patched one.

You can download the patched file from our newly-created “officially unofficial” Github page located here:

github.com/vmwarefusion

github.com/vmwarefusion/sierra-vm-installer-fix

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I plan on using this Github space to host random patch files and other interesting stuff, so feel free to fork and submit a pull request if you think there’s something we could do better in this script or anything else we post up there in the future.  It’s not exactly ‘Open Source VMware Fusion’, but it’s a step in the right direction I think 😉

So go ahead, download the .tool file, replace the existing one with the patched one and get your macOS on!

Github users you know what to do, for folks that may be new to Github just click the green ‘clone or download’ button and choose ‘download .zip’.

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Fusion doesn’t even need to be powered off.

Once you replace the file you should be able to click ‘File > New’ in Fusion, and simply drop the ‘Install 10.12 Developer Preview.app’ directly onto the New VM wizard.

**Update**

Forgot about permissions… You’ll have to adjust permissions at the command line with the following 2 commands:

sudo chmod 755 /Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app/Contents/Library/Create\ Mavericks\ Installer.tool
sudo xattr -rc /Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app/Contents/Library/Create\ Mavericks\ Installer.tool

If you have the windows open in Finder you can just type ‘sudo chmod 755’ and then drag and drop the Create Mavericks Installer.tool onto the Terminal window. Or be lazy and just paste what I wrote above which will work on any system 😉

Simple as that!

 

macOS Sierra and VMware Fusion 8

Hot off the heels of WWDC, Apple has made available the next major update to it’s flagship operating system for Mac. With a new name, macOS, Apple seems to be getting away from the OS X moniker and aligning with the rest of the OS’s that it has in it’s bag: tvOS, iOS, watchOS, and now macOS.

Users have been excited to run this in a VM to test, but it doesn’t “just work” in Fusion yet unfortunately. The reason is that Developer Preview builds have debugging code included which changes the memory layout of the installer. We specifically require a certain block layout of the .app to create the bootable install image, but because the layout is different due to debugging code, it fails with an ‘Internal Error’.

There are 2 ways to get around this:

  1. Install 10.11 and upgrade it to 10.12
  2. Manually create the bootable install image and attach it to an empty 10.11 VM.

The first one is pretty easy, and you can make an OS X 10.11 VM using the recovery partition with just a couple of clicks from File > New.

Once it’s up and you’ve installed VMware Tools, you can drag the ‘Install 10.12 Developer Preview.app’ onto the desktop of your 10.11 VM, double-click it and begin the install.

For folks that don’t have the time or who want to walk through a fresh installation there is a multi-step method that I’ve written about here that will show you the way and explain what’s happening along the trip.

www.mikeroysoft.com/macos-sierra-on-fusion-8/

For folks who want to run Sierra on the Mac itself and use Fusion, there is a bit of a bug that we’re working on, but there’s an easy workaround.

Currently if you try to run a VM it will fail/crash with an ‘Internal Error’.

The simple work around for now is to disable 3D graphics acceleration (per-VM setting). 

It’s possible that this ‘goes away’ when Apple moves to the public beta branch (it has different debugging code enabled than the developer previews), but we’ll be keeping a close eye on things as they develop and share what we learn.

Overall, I’ve found that macOS Sierra as a Host and as a Guest work pretty well. Siri tends to work better on the Host in my experience, so we’ll be examining how to make it a smooth experience in a VM as well. For now, my advice is to speak slowly to her when she’s ‘trapped’ in a VM 😉

(talking about AI with ‘he’ and ‘she’ is weird… welcome to the future!)

Fusion 8.1.1 Available Now with Important Networking fixes!

Hi Everyone,

Over the weekend we rolled out an update to Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro that brings our version to 8.1.1.

The important fix has resolved a NAT port forwarding and DNS lookup issues that some users have been experiencing, particularly those who work with Hashicorp’s Vagrant plugin for VMware.

We’ve also addressed USB issues, Fusion crashes related to graphics, and we’ve plugged up a memory leak.

Get it via auto-update today, or grab the download directly from your MyVMware portal or our trial pages (you can drag the trial right over the copy in your /Applications folder, all your licensing and preference information is saved elsewhere)

 

Details from the release notes:

The following issues were resolved in this version of VMware Fusion.

  • Resolved: Running graphic software with MSAA enabled causes VMware Fusion to crash
    • In a Windows virtual machine, running graphic software, such as a Realtime Landscape Architect program, or a graphic game, such as Civilization 4, with Multisample anti-aliasing (MSAA) enabled causes VMware Fusion to crash.
  • Resolved: Resizing the window of a running virtual machine causes host-system memory to leak
    • Resizing the window of a running virtual machine by dragging its corner causes the amount of system memory used to increase. You can observe the memory usage by looking at the Memory Used value on the Memory tab of the Activity Monitor.
  • Resolved: Enabling port forwarding breaks NAT
    • Enabling any port forwarding prevents the vmnat supporting application to fail to perform Network Address Translation functions
  • Resolved: Installing an automatic update unexpectedly suspends remote virtual machines
    • In VMware Fusion, after you connect to a remote virtual machine stored on either an ESXi server or a Workstation Server instance, as Fusion updates, the automatic update suspends or shuts down the running remote virtual machine, in addition to the running virtual machines that are stored on the local disk.
  • Resolved: Connecting specific USB devices to a virtual machine through a USB 3.0 controller causes issues
    • In VMware Fusion 8.1, the following situations occur when you connect the specified USB devices to a virtual machine through a USB 3.0 controller:
      • USB 3.0 scanner – this type of device does not function inside a virtual machine.
      • USB 3.0 flash drive – you cannot format this type of device inside a virtual machine.

VMware + GNS3: The Great Topology Challenge!

Our good friends at GNS3 are running a really awesome contest for the month of March!

“Build the biggest, boldest topology in GNS3 that you can. With the new release of v1.4.x, the ability to build big and bold topologies has never been easier. Leverage the new Local GNS3 VM to help build your topology.  At the end of the month, we will select 5 winning topologies that represent the best of what the GNS3 software is capable of doing.

New to GNS3? No worries! We will also be randomly selecting 5 contestants who will be receiving a prize. So submit whatever topology you can and join in the challenge!

10 Copies of VMware Workstation Pro ($250 each) or VMware Fusion ($75 each) – winner gets to choose what they would like. 5 Top contestants will get a copy as well as 5 randomly selected contestants.”

Simple! Build a gigantic topology with GNS3 for a chance to win one of 10 copies of Fusion 8 Pro or Workstation 12 Pro! And it’s a great contest with chances to win for both seasoned GNS3 users as well as new users to the platform.

GNS3 works best with VMware Workstation 12 Pro and VMware Fusion 8 Pro, the recommended virtualization solutions, and GNS3 users can now take 20% off the sticker price of Fusion 8 or Workstation 12 Pro!

What is GNS3 you may ask?

VMware Workstation Pro has been the ‘swiss army knife’ for IT admins for the past 15+ years, and while Workstation has been long regarded as the IT Admin’s tool of choice, it’s increasingly becoming the same for Network Engineers and ADmin as well.

Combining GNS3 and VMware gives that swiss army knife to Network Engineers in a very meaningful way.

From their site, GNS3 is a tool to:

Build, Design and Test your network in a risk-free virtual environment and access the largest networking community to help. Whether you are studying for your first networking exam or building out a state-wide telecommunications network, GNS3 offers an easy way to design and build networks of any size without the need for hardware. And the best part is it’s free!

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So get out there and go build a gigantic topology with GNS3 and win your copy of VMware Workstation 12 Pro or VMware Fusion 8 Pro!

Getting Started with VMware Fusion eBook: $5

Happy new year friends!

Did you know about this little book I wrote called ‘Getting Started With VMware Fusion’? No? Well good news! It’s on sale for $5!

Before I moved down here to Silicon Valley, I was a lead on the Fusion / Workstation Support team in Canada, and in 2014 I was asked by the good folks at Packt Publishing to write a book about Fusion. So, with great excitement, I took much of what I had learned from my life in Support about how to get the most from VMware Fusion and put them into an easy-to read guide for beginners and advanced users alike.

And for $5, it’s a great resource for all Fusion users to make the most of their investment in VMware.

Get it here: “Getting Started with VMware Fusion”

It’s a handy resource for folks new to Fusion, and filled with great tips even for those who have been using Fusion for years.

The sale ends this Friday, Jan 8th 2016, and in addition to my little book there are a ton of other VMware related resources in there… everything from vCenter to vRealize Operations, Horizon View, or even ThinApp!

https://www.packtpub.com/all/?search=vmware

Enjoy!

 

Just in time for the Holidays!

It’s only Monday, and we’re already off to a fantastic week for VMware Fusion 8!

First, we were so full of holiday jeer that we just couldn’t help ourselves, and so we launched a Holiday Sale for Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro! Click Here to get to the store and take 30% (!!) off Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro… good for both Upgrades and New Instals!

http://store.vmware.com

Then, we got word that the good folks over at Network World have done a roundup of all their most beloved tech products of 2015, and VMware Fusion 8 made the list!

“it’s a DevOps and infrastructure engineer’s delight […] a startlingly handy hypervisor “

We couldn’t agree more! Thanks for including us, we’re humbled to be such a valuable tool in so many people’s daily lives!

Link to the Network World article

We at VMware are so very grateful for all the support and enthusiasm of our customers, the dedication of our engineers, the zeal of our evangelists, and the passion of our partners and friends.

The VMware Fusion team wishes everyone a happy holiday season!

Fusion 8.1 is available now!

Today we’ve released an update to Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro with version 8.1.

We’ve included a raft of bug fixes in the following areas:

  • Fixes an issues with the Easy Install process misinterpreting Windows 10 Version 1511 ISO images as Windows server 2012 R2 images
  • Resolved an issue where reverse DNS lookup does not work in a virtual machine when a dnsmasq server is installed and configured on the Mac host.
  • Fixed a crashing issue when unplugging a monitor from the Mac when Fusion is in Full Screen view with multiple monitors.
  • Fixed an issue with Microsoft Excel responding to input with a one-second delay
  • Fixed an issue when using USB devices with a virtual machine on an OS X 10.11 host might cause the virtual machine to crash.
  • Fixed an issue when the host and guest non-English language keyboard layout differ when the virtual machine is accessed remotely using VNC.
  • Fixed an issue when a USB Attached SCSI (UAS) device connected to a USB 3.0 port on a Mac OS X 10.9 or later host might fail to successfully connect to the guest.
  • Resolved an issue when copying a large file between a USB storage device and an OS X virtual machine might stall and fail.

This update is free for all Fusion 8 customers.

Full release notes

Direct Download Link

 

Black Friday Sale on now!

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This is it! The biggest sale of the year!

It’s your chance to upgrade to the latest and greatest Fusion that we’ve released to date!

Take advantage of huge savings on Fusion and Fusion Pro and see why the reviewers are saying that Fusion 8 is the clear winner!

If you’ve been thinking of upgrading from Parallels, the best deal of the year awaits you with a whopping 55% off Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro!

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New this year is a bundle discount! Buy both Fusion 8 Pro and Workstation 12 Pro together and take 50% off!

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Remember, this is for a limited time only! Offer ends on November 27th 8:59 PM PST

Buy now and save before the deal ends!

El Capitan now available and fully supported!

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Mac users worldwide rejoiced as Apple released the public general availability of OS X 10.11 El Capitan today.  As with all major OS updates, often the question isn’t simply “Should I upgrade?”, but rather “Should I upgrade right now or wait until the first point release?”.

The community has had the time to dig into El Capitan with great reviews from Ars Technica, MacworldGizmodo, 9to5Mac and others.  The reviewers are generally saying the same thing: Upgrade today, it’s worth it.

This decision is of course going to be different for every user depending on their needs.  Folks with mission critical applications that they depend on tend to be more hesitant when risking the stability of their systems.  Other folks however can tolerate the occasional bug.

When we released VMware Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro, we announced that we would fully support El Capitan, and we’re making good on that promise.

Recently we were somewhat surprised by a late change to El Capitan that was preventing the installation of El Capitan in a virtual machine, which I wrote about on my personal blog over here.  We had a fix, but it wasn’t an ideal situation and I personally am not a fan of telling users to replace components within the Fusion application package itself.

So, we felt this was kind of a big deal, and we released a fix yesterday by way of Fusion 8.0.1 to make sure that users who want to test the latest and greatest in a virtual machine were going to have the experience they expect: It just works. Users who have 8.0 installed should be getting a push notification about the available update, and we’ll be making updates to our web downloads shortly.

VMware Fusion 8 continues to make it easy to run the latest operating systems, and with 8.0.1 you can rest assured that not only does it run great on El Capitan, but that El Capitan also runs great as a virtual machine in VMware Fusion.

Congratulations to Apple on this fantastic release!

Thinking about upgrading from Parallels? We have a great deal for you!

VMware Fusion 8 Outperforms the Competition

The team here at VMware were very proud to see Fusion 8 outperform Parallels 11 and VirtualBox 5 in a recent battery of tests performed by TekRevue.com

“[…] Fusion 8 is the clear winner, taking 11 out of 18 tests and pushing on three more.”

 

VMware Fusion came through on top largely due to our new virtual graphics hardware which outperforms the competition and delivers stunning DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3 graphics for all kinds of applications.

 

“Fusion 8’s superior OpenGL graphics implementation results in a score that’s 66 percent higher than Parallels 11 at 720p, and 92 percent higher at 1080p.” 

“[…] Fusion 8 made much larger and more impressive performance gains this year, both compared to its predecessor and in a direct comparison with Parallels.”

 

Benchmarking an application for comparison is something of an art, and when that application happens to be one designed to run other operating systems, the challenge of testing it many times across many systems can be pretty daunting.

All told there we counted over 700 test runs from 18 categories in total! A huge undertaking for sure, these guys deserve a break.

 

It’s a great time for Parallels users looking to switch to the best and still take 40% off the regular price of Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro!

CLICK HERE AND BUY TODAY!

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