Mac virtual machines

There have been several products released for running virtual machines on the Macintosh. Currently the two most popular manufacturers of this software are VMWare and Parallels.

This article outlines the steps to image a virtual machine with a Gustavus image under Parallels Desktop 4 and VMWare Fusion 2. These steps do not apply to older versions of these software packages since the new technologies make this process much different than in the past.

This article also assumes that Parallels Desktop 4 or VMWare Fusion 2 are installed properly.

Contents

Parallels Desktop 4

Create the virtual machine

  1. Open Parallels
  2. Select New Virtual Machine
  3. Click Skip Detection
  4. Select operating system and platform and continue
  5. Select Custom virtual machine
  6. Set CPU, Memory, etc. as desired and continue
  7. New Image File and continue
  8. Create a New Virtual Hard Disk (expanding)
  9. Networking should be set to Bridged Networking - Default Adaptor
  10. Optimize for Virtual Machine
  11. Name the new Virtual Machine and select More Options
  12. Check the box Share Virtual Machine with other Mac users
  13. Click Done

Setup virtual machine to netboot

  1. Select Configure from the toolbar at the top of the virtual machine window
  2. Check Show Advanced Settings
  3. Copy the MAC Address and click OK
  4. Register this MAC address in GReg appropriately.

Imaging

  1. Click the Start button to turn on the VM.
  2. OS Installation = Custom
  3. Click Start
  4. Image as a normal Gustavus Windows based machine.

Post-imaging

  1. Allow the Windows virtual machine to post image
  2. Install Parallels Tools by going to the Virtual Machine menu and selecting Install Parallels Tools

VMWare Fusion 2

Create the virtual machine

  1. Open VMWare Fusion 2
  2. Select New
  3. Click Continue without disk
  4. Click Create a custom virtual machine
  5. Choose machine type and platform and continue
  6. Select Customize Settings
  7. Give the virtual machine a name and click Save
  8. Set CPU, Memory, etc. as desired under Processors & RAM
  9. Set Network to Connect directly to the physical network (Bridged)

Set up virtual machine to netboot

  1. Start the virtual machine
  2. Note the MAC Address and register it in GReg appropriately

Imaging

  1. Restart the Virtual Machine
  2. Image as a normal Gustavus Windows based machine

Post-imaging

  1. Allow the Windows virtual machine to post image
  2. Install VMWare Tools by going to the Virtual Machine menu and selecting Install VMWare Tools