VMware Os X : forceHardware Model and other tweaks

Dedicated Os X – Mac

Settings for the VM .vmx file

if you’re on a non-Apple Hardware :

smbios.reflectHost = "FALSE"
smc.present = "TRUE"
smc.version = "0"

Force a specific model

You need the board-id and model
( example for below for a MacPro3,1 )

board-id.reflectHost = "FALSE"
board-id = "Mac-F42C88C8"
hw.model.reflectHost = "FALSE"
hw.model = "MacPro3,1"

Get a 12 characters serial number like Mac Hardware :

serialNumber.reflectHost = "FALSE"
serialNumber = "VM700001KXYL"
SMBIOS.use12CharSerialNumber = "TRUE"

For example, I cloned an old Mac mini 10.6.8 Server on ESXI on an XServe2,1, and simply used asr to restore it on the VM’s HDD. Handy.


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