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OS X 10.7 documentation covers information on how to install the operating system in a virtual machine. For additional information about the operating system, refer to the instructions included in the installation media.

OS X 10.7 documentation includes the following topics:

Installation Instructions for ESXi 5.x

You can install the OS X 10.7 in a virtual machine using the installation media.

Prerequisites

Before you begin, verify that the following tasks are complete:

  • Read General Installation Instructions for All VMware Products.
  • Download Install Mac OS X Lion.app from the App Store.
  • Obtain the necessary product keys for installation in a virtual machine.
  • Your physical system must be an Apple-labeled computer to install or run OS X 10.7 in a virtual machine.
  • Virtual machine. 2GB or more of RAM.

Installation Steps

  1. Create a new virtual machine and select the Apple Mac OS X 10.7 option.
    If the Apple Mac OS X 10.7 option is not available, select the Apple Mac OS X 10.6 option instead.
  2. Use the virtual machine CD/DVD Drive for installation.
  3. To connect the CD/DVD Drive to a datastore ISO image file, complete the following steps:
    1. Add the Install Mac OS X Lion.app to a datastore that the virtual machine can access.
    2. Set the CD/DVD Drive to connect to the Install Mac OS X Lion.app/Contents/SharedSupport/InstallESD.dmg image file.
  4. If the CD/DVD Drive is set as a client type device, complete the following steps:
    1. Copy Install Mac OS X Lion.app to a Mac OS X physical machine.
    2. Convert the .dmg image file to an .iso image file.
      hdiutil convert "Install Mac OS X Lion.app/Contents/SharedSupport/InstallESD.dmg" -format UDTO -o "Install Mac OS X Lion.app/Contents/SharedSupport/InstallESD.iso"
    3. Copy the Install Mac OS X Lion.app/Contents/SharedSupport/InstallESD.iso image file from the Mac OS X physical machine to your local machine.
    4. Set the CD/DVD Drive to connect to the InstallESD.iso image file on your local machine.
  5. Power on the virtual machine.
  6. Follow the prompts until you are prompted to select the hard disk to install OS X 10.7.
  7. Select the hard disk and follow the prompts to complete the installation.
  8. (Optional) If you do not find a hard disk, select Utilities > Disk Utility.
    1. In the left hand pane, select VMware Virtual Disk Media.
    2. Select the Erase tab and confirm that the Format drop-down menu includes the file system type and Name.
    3. Select Erase and wait for the process to complete.
    4. Exit the Disk Utility application.
    5. Select the hard disk that was erased.
    6. Click Install and follow the prompts to complete the installation.
  9. Install VMware Tools.

Installation Instructions for Fusion 4

You can install the OS X 10.7 in a virtual machine using the installation media.

Prerequisites

Before you begin, verify that the following tasks are complete:

  • Read General Installation Instructions for All VMware Products.
  • Download Install Mac OS X Lion.app from the App Store.
  • Obtain the necessary product keys for installation in a virtual machine.
  • Your physical system must be an Apple-labeled computer to install or run OS X 10.7 in a virtual machine.

Installation Steps

  1. Start VMware Fusion 4.
  2. Select File > New.
  3. Drag Install Mac OS X Lion.app and drop it into the New Virtual Machine Assistant window.
  4. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.
  5. Install VMware Tools.

VMware Tools in an OS X 10.7 Guest

For information on VMware Tools, see Knowledge base article 1014294, General VMware Tools installation instructions, at http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1014294.

Knowledge Base Articles for OS X 10.7

The following link refers to knowledge base articles on operating system specific issues. See VMware Knowledge Base for a list of known issues about the operating system.

VMware Compatibility Guide

The VMware Compatibility Guide Web site lists supported guest and host operating systems and provides related support information.



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