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Using vfuse to create NetBoot-ready VMware VMs

October 19, 2016 1 comment

When building virtual machines for testing, my preferred method is to leverage VMware Fusion’s NetBoot support to NetBoot to a DeployStudio server and run workflows. The process to build a NetBoot-ready VM through VMware Fusion looks like this:

1. Open VMware Fusion

2. In the Select the Installation Method window, choose Create a custom virtual machine and then click the Continue button.

Create custom virtual machine

3. In the Choose Operating System window, set OS as appropriate then click the Continue button.

Os selection

4. In the Finish window, select Customize Settings.

Customize settings

5. Save the VM file in a convenient location.

6. In your VM settings, select Network Adapter.

Vm settings network adapter

7. In the Network Adapter settings, select Autodetect under Bridged Networking.

Configure bridged network settings

At that point, you can also adjust your RAM and processor settings but that’s up to you.

The VM is now configured to be NetBoot-ready, where it’s set up to run a particular macOS version but has a formatted and completely empty boot drive.

Vmware netboot screen

This setup process has been a largely manual process involving a lot of clicking in the VMware Fusion user interface and I’ve wanted to automate this for a while. Thanks to some recent changes which my colleague Joe Chilcote made to his vfuse VM creation tool, it’s now possible to automate the setup of a NetBoot-ready VM in Fusion with the following configurable options:

  • OS version
  • VM boot drive size

For more details, see below the jump.

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Categories: Mac OS X, macOS, VMware

Apple filesystem session at MacTech Conference 2016

October 19, 2016 Leave a comment

I’ll be speaking at MacTech Conference 2016, which is taking place from November 16-18, 2016 in Los Angeles at the Westin Hotel LAX. My session will be an overview of Apple’s past and present filesystems, with an introduction to Apple File System (APFS) and a discussion of its current state of development.

You can see the entire list of MacTech Conference speakers at http://conference.mactech.com/speakers/.

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