NetBoot support now available for OS X VMs in VMWare Fusion’s Technology Preview
The NetBoot support is still in the experimental stage, so it currently requires some setup in order to work. See below the jump for the process I’m using.
1. Set up a new 10.7 VM and select Install Mac OS X Lion.app as the boot source.
2. When prompted, set it that you want to customize settings. That option is available when you hit the Finish window, there’s a Customize Settings button at the bottom of the window.
3. Open the VM’s Settings and select Network Adapter.
4. In the Network Adapter settings, select Ethernet Sharing: Ethernet (If you’re connecting to your NetBoot server over a wireless network, select Ethernet Sharing: Wi-Fi instead.)
5. Close out of Settings and boot the VM. It should boot to the Lion installer.
6. Once you’re at the point where you can access the Apple menu, go into Startup Disk.
7. Select your 10.7 NetBoot set and then shut down.
8. Go back into the VM’s Settings window and select Startup Disk.
9. Select Network Adapter Ethernet in the Startup Disk settings
10. Close the Settings window and boot the VM.
At that point, your VM should show the NetBoot spinning globe and boot to your NetBoot set.
Your VM will boot off of the network adapter until the VM is set to boot off of the VM’s boot drive.
To set the boot drive as the startup disk:
1. Go back into the VM’s Settings window and go to Startup Disk.
2. Select Hard Disk (SCSI)