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VMware Fusion 8.5.8 adds Apple File System (APFS) support

June 27, 2017 3 comments

VMware recently released VMware Fusion 8.5.8, which according to the release notes includes the following:

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Another improvement which is not mentioned in the release notes is that VMware Fusion now includes support for the following:

  • Using the macOS High Sierra beta installer as a valid installation source
  • Booting macOS VMs from Apple File System (APFS) formatted drives.

For more details, see below the jump.

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Creating macOS installer disk images for VMware Fusion and ESXi with create_macos_vm_install_dmg

March 30, 2017 Leave a comment

I’ve had a tool available for a while named create_vmware_osx_install_dmg, but it looks like it has reached the end of the road with macOS 10.12.3. The reason for this is because macOS 10.12.4 has introduced a change that prevents the addition of third-party packages to the OS installer. create_vmware_osx_install_dmg uses the addition of a third-party installer package, so unfortunately this tool cannot be used to generate 10.12.4 or later OS installers.

That said, I still want to be able to create macOS installer disk images for VMware Fusion and ESXi, so I’ve forked create_vmware_osx_install_dmg into a new script named create_macos_vm_install_dmg. create_macos_vm_install_dmg will generate stock OS installer disk images for the following OS versions:

  • Mac OS X 10.7.x
  • OS X 10.8.x
  • OS X 10.9.x
  • OS X 10.10.x
  • OS X 10.11.x
  • OS X 10.12.x

This script does not use a third-party package, so it is able to build a macOS 10.12.4 installer disk image. For more details, see below the jump.

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Resizing a virtual machine’s boot drive to use all available space

March 3, 2017 2 comments

Every so often, it’s necessary to resize the boot drive of an existing virtual machine. The process of resizing the VM’s boot disk from outside the VM is usually pretty straightforward:

1. Shut down the VM
2. Go into the VM’s drive settings

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3. Resize it to the desired size

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4. Power on the VM.

However, when the VM boots up, the disk space used by the OS won’t have changed.

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However, the OS can detect that there is available unallocated disk space that it isn’t using.

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Fortunately, this is a correctable condition and the fix can be applied without needing to shut down the VM or boot from another drive. For more details, see below the jump.

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Session videos and slides now available from MacSysAdmin 2016

October 10, 2016 1 comment

The documentation from MacSysAdmin 2016 is now available, with the session slides and videos being accessible from the link below:

http://documentation.macsysadmin.se

The videos of my sessions are available for download from here:

I also like to thank Tycho Sjögren and Apoio AB again for inviting me to speak at this year’s MacSysAdmin.

Setting VMware Fusion to confirm you want to close an active VM

September 10, 2016 1 comment

I do a lot of work with virtual machines running in VMware’s Fusion hypervisor software. As part of that work, I’ll occasionally run into the following issue:

1. I’m running an application inside a VM.
2. I’m done with whatever it is and want to quit out.
3. The focus of my keyboard is not inside the VM
4. I click the Command () and Q keys to quit the application running inside the VM.
5. Instead of the application inside of the VM quitting, I see this.

Quitting vm instead of app

6. Then I say something like this.

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As part of this, I’ve often wished for some way for Fusion to warn me when I’m about to accidentally quit Fusion instead of quitting an application inside a VM. That led to me making the following observation on Twitter:

I was quickly informed that Fusion in fact had exactly that.

For more information, see below the jump.

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Virtualization session at MacSysAdmin 2016

I’ll be speaking about virtualization, with a focus on VMware solutions, at MacSysAdmin 2016, which is being held from October 4th – 7th, 2016 in Göteborg, Sweden. For those interested, my talk will be on Thursday, October 6th.

For a description of what I’ll be talking about, please see the Thursday program page.

First look at Veertu

January 10, 2016 5 comments

One of the lesser-known changes that Apple introduced with OS X Yosemite was a Hypervisor framework, which was designed to allow virtualization solutions to be built for OS X without the need for third-party kernel extensions.

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One reason for this was that eliminating the need for kernel extensions allowed the possibility of virtualization software to be distributed and sold via the Mac App Store. While neither VMware or Parallels have taken advantage of this, a new virtualization product named Veertu has recently become available in the MAS.

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Veertu is available for free from the MAS, and allows installation of selected Linux VMs, downloaded from Veertu’s online library. For more details, see below the jump.

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