When VMware released VMware Fusion 7 Professional in September 2014, among the new items included in the Features list was this one:
The ability to access virtual machines running on VMware vSphere, VMware ESXi, and VMware Workstation directly from VMware Fusion Pro including:
- Remote display, keyboard, and mouse control
- Ability to select media for CD, DVD, floppy devices, including files on your Mac
- Ability to power virtual machines on and off and configure the network they connect to
- Ability to move virtual machines from your Mac to a remote location by dragging and dropping
- Ability to move virtual machines from a remote location to your Mac by dragging and dropping
- See the state of your remote server with at-a-glance health summary based on Activity Monitor
What this new feature meant for Mac admins was that they now had a native Mac application which they could use when managing virtual machines (VMs) on VMware’s ESXi or vSphere services. The capabilities are not as full-featured as you may find in the Windows VMware vSphere client or the vSphere web client, but they are equivalent to the ESXi or vSphere management capabilities that VMware has been building into VMware Workstation for Windows. For more details, see below the jump.
I’ve updated the create_vmware_osx_install_dmg.sh script which I had previously posted about here. The script now includes support for Yosemite, so the script can now be run on 10.7 – 10.10 to create custom OS X 10.7.x, 10.8.x, 10.9.x and 10.10.x installers for VMware Fusion and VMware ESXi. See below the jump for the details.
“Bringing the Casper Suite to Life with Virtual Test Environments” session video from JNUC 2014 now available
For those interested, the JNUC session videos are available on JAMF Software’s site. For convenience, I’ve linked my session here.
Update: The session videos are also now available on YouTube, so I’ve linked the YouTube video as well.
A new feature that appeared in VMware Fusion 7 Pro was its new ESXi management. This included the ability to upload VMs from Fusion directly to an ESXi server. However, when I tried to upload OS X VMs something seemed to go wrong. The upload would work, but the OS X VM would then hang on boot.
Non-OS X VMs were uploading fine, so the problem was specific to OS X VMs. Since I could still build OS X VMs using the Windows vSphere client, I didn’t invest a lot of time into solving this issue. Fortunately, Calum Hunter was more motivated in this regard and found a solution.
There are a few things to know about if you want to upload an OS X VM to an ESXi server running 5.5, so I’ve put together a procedure for those who want to leverage Fusion 7 Pro to upload OS X VMs. See below the jump for the details.
VMware has released the VMware Fusion Technology Preview July 2014 as of Jul 3, 2014. One of the new items included in the Features list was this one:
Support for viewing VMware Fusion Professional to VMware Workstation, VMware ESXi, VMware vSphere servers in the library (File > Connect to Server)
When I investigated, it looks like this feature brings to VMware Fusion something that’s been in VMware Workstation for a while: a way to manage free ESXi and paid vSphere servers.
For more details, see below the jump.
In Mac OS X Server 10.7.x and 10.8.x, there’s been an issue that Mac admins have run into more than once:
Profile Manager in 10.7.x and 10.8.x also has an known issue where it crashes when set up in a VM. The root cause is the same: Profile Manager needs to have Open Directory running and Open Directory won’t turn on.
The fix for this issue in 10.7.x Server and 10.8.x Server is simple – give your VM more than one processor. Once you give the VM multiple processors (two is fine), Open Directory should begin working. This will also fix the Profile Manager crashing issue, as Open Directory should now enable properly.
In Mavericks, it appears Apple has addressed this issue. In my testing, Open Directory no longer requires multiple processors.
Now that Open Directory can run with one processor, Profile Manager also now runs properly on a one-processor VM.
For those who wanted a copy of my virtualization talk at MacTech Conference 2013, here are links to the slides in PDF and Keynote format.
Keynote – http://tinyurl.com/mt2013vmkeynote