I wanted to share my experience in creating virtual Macs to help you, as it did me, in testing your setup in different configurations. My iMac is the machine I use for most of my stuff and try to test all the instructions here again and again ruins the setup of my iMac more then I would like and it is a lot of work to get all the dependencies correct or impossible to start from scratch on a clean install.

I’ve been trying to get this working for quite some time with VMWare, Parallels and Virtualbox. It all works out of the box if you want to install Mac OS X Server, but I don’t have that or want to use that. I wanted to install the workstation version, on a Mac and not on a PC or other platform.

Finally I got it working with VirtualBox and fairly simple, but there are some pointers that you need to know to get it working.

  • you need the install DVD that came with your Mac, it does not work with the retail Snow Leopard DVD (don’t know why)
  • you can only use one CPU for the virtual machine
  • download and install VirtualBox
  • create a new virtual machine by giving it a name, selecting “Mac OS X” as the Operating system and the 32 or 64 bits version of OS X Server. Set the amount of memory and create a disk, etc using the default settings until your done.
  • startup your new blank virtual machine and the “First run wizard” will appear, click continue
  • select your DVD player and insert your OS X install DVD and continue.
  • after a while the installer will appear and you can install OS X like on a regular Mac.

Hope you like it, if you find any other settings that work for you please share them here.