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    MAC OS in VM

    Has anyone ever tried creating a virtual MAC OS (e.g. Snow Leopard) on Windows using such products as VMware, VirtualBox to name a few?

    If so, did it work and is the experience the same as you would get on MAC hardware?

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    It would be illegal.

    You have to run mac OSX on apple hardware, with the exception of their server products

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    It would be illegal.

    You have to run mac OSX on apple hardware, with the exception of their server products
    Hypothetically speaking, IF it was legal can it be done with minimal performance issues and successfully?

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    I hate macs

    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckster View Post
    Hypothetically speaking, IF it was legal can it be done with minimal performance issues and successfully?
    minimal performance issues = no
    minimal hassle = no
    easy = no
    anything like a mac = no, its slow and I cant get vmware tools working
    does it work = yes, just about


    You will find links on how to do this on google and if you search this very site (unless the link I posted a while back is missing).
    Last edited by Theblacksheep; 29th September 2009 at 09:57 AM.

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    You have to run mac OSX on apple hardware, with the exception of their server products
    So you can run OSX server in a VM on a host that isnt Mac?

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    Yes, thats right.

    Of course it's got to be licensed, etc

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    Simple answer, yes. There are hidden hacks in vmware to make it realise that it's running OSX, therefor it runs a ton faster than if you told it it was just running unix for example
    As for legality, neowin justifies it with this OS X on non-Apple Hardware Discussion - Neowin Forums
    As long as you have a license, Apple would have a hard time fighting it
    See attachment......
    MAC OS in VM-osx.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckster View Post
    Hypothetically speaking, IF it was legal can it be done with minimal performance issues and successfully?
    Regardless there will be some performance issues due to it being in a VM. But can it work and run just like a mac? Yes but that realy depends how much time you've got to spend.

    Ive had OSX running natively on a few different PCs now ith no issues whatsoever, but with widely varieing degrees of difficulty.

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