VMware Ends Mac OS X Client Virtualization

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted November 30, 2011

Apple Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion) was the first client version of Mac OS X that Apple gave express permission to run as a guest operating system within a virtual machine. According to InfoWorld, Virtualization products like VMware Fusion, Parallels Desktop for Mac, and VirtualBox jumped all over Apple's announcement and added support for Lion installations, however VMware quickly ended it again with the Fusion 4.1.1 upgrade.


"Apple's policy on virtualization allows properly licensed copies of Mac OS X Lion (client or server), Leopard Server, and Snow Leopard Server to be virtualized on Apple-branded hardware. But Fusion 4.1 seemed to 'allow' client versions of Leopard and Snow Leopard to be virtualized as well -- assuming legally licensed copies of the OS were being used and Apple-branded hardware was in play, of course.

"It didn't take long for Mac users to hear the latest news, giving the company one more thing to say thanks for at the dinner table during the holidays. But VMware giveth and VMware taketh away!

"VMware, either for internal or external (read: Apple lawyers) reasons, has reversed course on this new 'feature' -- or perhaps better stated this unintended capability. According to the company, the confirmation screen was the new feature and the ability to install previously unsupported client OS versions was not.

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