I occasionally need to test a few things for macOS, for which I usually use one of my Mac's. However when needing a virtual machine to test an older macOS, I find a macOS Virtual Machine to run really slow on a Mac. Even a Mac Pro.
Since I have a nice gaming laptop at my disposal (Asus ROG G713, AMD 6900HZ CPU and Nvidia 3080 GPU), I just wanted to give it a try to install a macOS VM on my Windows computer.
5.Run the Apple install - takes about 15-25 minutes depending on your hardware.
At initial setup: Select "Disk Utility" first to select and erase the VMWare disk - mine was the first one listed under "Internal", called "VMware Virtual SATA Hard Drive Media". Select that disk, click "Erase", give it a name, but keep the other default values (APFS/GUID Partition map).
Once erased (use default values), close "Disk utility" and select "Install macOS Monterey" (or which ever version you are installing).
The initial image is very laggy during setup, which can be due to the number of cores or memory, but more likely because of the video driver (or lack thereof).
6.Install the VMWare Tools for your macOS VM (requires VM reboot)
Now by default, VMware Workstation Player will NOT come with the macOS VMware tools. So you will need to go find your own. If you have VMWare Fusion on a Mac, then you can find the ISO file here (recommended):
Or grab this copy (which may be very outdated by the time you read this)
In VMware Workstation Player, open the "Player" - "Manage" - "Virtual Machine Settings" (CTRL+D).
Go tot he CD/DVD settings, and browse for the "darwin.iso".
Go back to your macOS VM, and if the "VMware tools" disk icon does not appear, from the menu "Player" - "Removable devices" - "CD/DVD" - "Connect". This should now show the VMware Tools - which you can now install.
I'm using the non commercial vmware player 17 but I cannot get Ventura to work. I am on an AMD 5750X as well.
The player will not process these two of the four lines above
smbios.reflectHost = "TRUE
board-id = "Mac-551B86E5744E2388”
It does allow for the other two. If keep those lines it says vmx file is corrupt.
I have tried literally everything I can find to get Ventura working on VMware Player 17 on AMD on Windows 11. I have Monterey working but I need xcode which requires Ventura/OS13.
When I do an upgrade inside a monterey machine, after reboot, it crashes almost immediately. "there is a problem with..." And it just boot loops until it gives the apple.com/support/startup (or something like that). If I do an install off of a downloaded from apple iso, it also crashes. Holding down shift just makes it freeze at the Apple logo and as soon as I lift up, it crashes.
Do you have any advice for this problem? I'm really stuck and I can't find any other tips.
I'm using the same VMWare Workstation version and installed Monterey this way (like you did).
I did some testing and ran into the same issue with Ventura - seems a known issue. See also Ventura related open issues for Auto-unlocker - even though this should probably not be seen as a Auto-unlocker issue, after all, Auto-unlocker after all only "unlocks" certain macOS versions as a target, but isn't made to work around hardware limitations like an AMD CPU.
Then I see that the "smbios" line misses a closing double quote. Maybe a copy/paste mistake, or maybe the reason why it says the file is corrupt?
I did find this description, suggesting the VMX text below would work, but that fail when upgrading from Monterey to Ventura. Haven't had time yet to create an ISO image to do a clean install ... downloading Ventura as we speak, and will try later today to install from scratch.
(found and ISO of Ventura here - but I really prefer an ISO extracted from an Apple install, so I know it's legit)
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