OS X on a Mac Mini with VMware ESXi 5

OS X on a Mac Mini with VMware ESXi 5

January 17th, 2012 // 9:44 pm @

OS X on a Mac Mini with VMware ESXi 5

If you haven’t read, please first see the following

[Update for quick links 3/15/2012]

ESXi 5.0 Update 1 has been released!!!!   Thanks eloscurosecreto for the heads up!

VMware ESXi 5.0 Installable Update 1 is now available (https://downloads.vmware.com/d/details/esxi50u1/dHRAYndkZSpidHclZQ=)

Release Notes:
https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere5/doc/vsp_esxi50_u1_rel_notes.html

[Update for quick links 1/30/2012]

To make linking to the other pages easier….

  • This then leads us to the user comments and Matt asked a question about Mac OS X running virtualized within ESXi 5 ontop of the Mac Mini 2011…

smcPresent variable

Ok, so as Matt pointed out regarding the smcPresent variable.  Based on this other blog that he so kindly referred to at Cloud-Buddy.  There is indeed the value and it is True.  So the next steps are to install OS X on the VMware ESXi 5 host and actually be able to obey the EULA that was set out.  For all those previous X-serve fans, rejoice we all now have a new solution.

The following is what you’ll see when going to: https://address-of-your-host/?moid=ha-host&doPath=hardware

1) Accept the self signed certificate, unless you’re super fancy and paid up for one or use an internal CA server.

2) You’ll see the login prompt.  If all else fails, use the root username and the password you assigned during installation

3) You’ll see the following and notice, smcPresent is now true instead of false as in the Cloud-Buddy blog.

Sources for Mac OS X Install on VMware ESXi

Here are the following sites used as reference to figuring out this whole mess.

  • Tickett’s Blog – Mac OS X Lion on ESXi 5 –> This method was with Donk’s ESXi 5 Mac OS X Unlocker.  Which is actually not needed since smcPresent is true.  The commands were useful when testing a variety of DMG and ISO files and understanding what was going on the background.
  • VMware OS X 10.7 –> VMware’s page on how to install OS X 10.7 in a virtual machine on ESXi 5 and VMware Fusion.  Though brief, it was somewhat helpful.
  • VMware OS X 10.7 Lion (12/15/2011) –> This blog entry is important as it has support for 10.7 in this patch update.  This is the only link that we found related to this patch inforamtion.  **Beware** Before you patch your Mac Mini, make sure you have a copy of your NIC card driver somewhere.  You’ll see why later.
  • VMware Patching –> How to patch ESXi though the commands are slightly out of date for ESXi 5.
  • VMware Ethtool –> Utilizing the ethtool from the command line in order to determine that the NIC card driver was wrong.
  • VMware ESXi 5.0 Driver CD for Broadcom NetXtreme I Gigabit Ethernet Driver – 3.120h.v50.2 –> Again, needed the driver post patching.

Initial Thoughts

This wasn’t as fun initially to get going as it would seem since you would think that because VMware wrote a brief document on how it works, that it’d work out of by the box immediately since it was sitting on Apple hardware.  The reality was that the brief VMware documentation and the scattered amounts of information everywhere on the internet was all fragmented due to the Unlocker program that’s been in use for Hackintosh.  Though it’s fantastic to see the Hackintosh people going at it, it’s just makes it a little bit harder to find the nuggets of information to get this going when things are not going to specification.

After all the struggle, in the end, this probably has become the single most versatile in home dev / SOHO box for multi-platform testing without having to sort through parts and put it together yourself and can always return the Mac Mini back to its original form if you ever wanted to resell it or pass it on to other non-techie family members.  So with that said, here’s how to get Mac OS X 10.7 running on VMware ESXi 5.

1. Materials Needed

  • Mac OS X Lion (DMG or ISO) –> The first and foremost thing you need before you even start is Mac OS X Lion 10.7.0 or 10.7.1.  Based on the VMware compatibility link along with their current patching, they have dedicated that this patch only works with 10.7.0 and 10.7.1.  Also as a note, 10.6.x client is not supported if you read carefully.  Only 10.6.x Server is supported and since we only have access to 10.7 client and 10.7 server, we decided to use 10.7 client since we had a MacBook Pro laying around that started its life in the 10.5.x days and has been updated.  For those asking about 10.7.2, we tried it.  No dice currently (1/22/2012) until the next VMware patch with support.
  • Mac Mini 2011 with ESXi 5 Installed –> See Part 2 regarding this if you don’t have one already.
  • VMware Broadcom NetXtreme I Gigabit Ethernet Driver –> You’ll need this after patching VMware.
  • VMware PatchESXi500-201112001 –> This patch includes the support for 10.7.0 and 10.7.1
  • Mac Mini 2011 accessible –> Make sure your box is accessible with keyboard, mouse, and monitor because the NIC driver make cut out on you.

2. Patching VMware ESXi 5

  • Download the VMware Patch ESXi500-201112001.zip (This is as of 1/22/2012)
  • Upload the file to the VMware datastore through VI Client.
  • Also highly recommended that you upload the Broadcom NIC driver to the datastore as well
  • While you’re at it, upload your DMG or ISO file of Mac OS X Lion 10.7.0 or 10.7.1 if you want a faster install.

At this point, make sure you have physical access to the box.

  • Shut down any VMs that are running on your box
  • Enter Maintenance Mode

Initiate an SSH Session to the ESXi Host or use the ESXi Shell Access with a keyboard and monitor.
Run the following command to patch: esxcli software vib install -d /vmfs/volumes/datastore_location/ESXi500-201112001.zip

In the first section of red, you can see the command run.  The second block of red shows that the Broadcom TG3 NIC card driver being uninstalled by the patch update.  After exiting the SSH session, you can immediately see that the local system is unable to ping the remote system.  The driver has been updated and the system may not respond to pings.  Never fear as the driver can be updated again.

3. Patching the Broadcom NIC Driver again

So after all the effort the first time around, it wouldn’t be fun unless you had to do it again right?

  • See Part 2 again and read up on the how to update the driver as we won’t try to rehash it here.
  • If you’re at the ESXi Shell, and uploaded your file ahead of time, then you’re ahead of the game.  Good job!
  • One key thing to remember is that if you’re trying to mount the CD again and you didn’t have your SuperDrive plugged into the system when it booted up, you’ll get an error when you try to mount the CD.  Keep the SuperDrive plugged into the USB port and then reboot your Mac Mini again.  Then try to access via the ESXi Shell and you’ll be able to mount and read the file again.

This is what the error will look like if you need to reboot your system with the SuperDrive plugged in first:VSHISHCmdSet():Set failed: Not supported

4. Getting Mac OS X Lion Installed

The current build level for ESXi will increase to: 515841. Next is to create a VM with the properties for a Mac OS X install.  *Tip* If you want a faster install, then upload the DMG or ISO file to the local datastore…. YES, the VMware product can read the DMG file though it does default to *.iso during the browse.  We did our install with DMG since it would be how the lazy people do it since converting it requires more effort.

Open VSphere Client and right click on the host you want to setup Mac OS X.  Select New Virtual Machine

Select Typical and click on Next

Provide a name for the machine.  Click on Next

Select a resource pool or the general host.  Click on Next

Select a datastore for the VM.  Click on Next

Select Apple Mac OS X 10.6 (64 bit).  Click on Next

You will see the VM Network, select the VM Network if you have a different VLAN for your VM.  Click on Next.

Specify the hard drive size and then click on Next

Summary at this point.  Click on Finish to create the VM shell.

After the VM is created, click on Edit Settings

Select on Memory. Recommendation is to use at least 2 gb of RAM.

Select the CD/DVD Drive.  Click on Database ISO File.
Check Connect at power on
Click on Browse

Select the InstallESD.dmg file that was previously uploaded to the datastore.   Click on OK

Click on the play button and boot up the VM.
Be patient.  It’ll take a while to boot.

Click inside the window. Select your language.  Click on the –> arrow.

Click on Disk Utility.  To format the drive first.

Select the VMware hard drive on the left panel.
Select Erase tab menu
Provide the drive a name if you like.  Click on Erase

Confirm that you want to erase the drive.  Click on Erase.

You will notice that on the left panel that the drive appears after the erase.

Click on the Disk Utility menu item and click on Quit Disk Utility

After quitting Disk Utility, it will take you back to the main menu again.
CLick on Reinstall Mac OS X

Mac OS X Lion logo appears.  Click on Continue.

Read through the agreement and click on Agree to continue

Click on Agree again after reading through the agreement.

Select the drive to install Mac OS X Lion on.  Click on Next

Installation works it way through

After copying all the files.  The installation continues.

The VM will reboot itself as you’ll see the Apple logo.

Choose your Country or Region.  Click on Continue.

Select the keyboard type that you are using.  Click on Continue.

Choose to transfer information if you have any.  For this test system, we chose not to.
Click on Continue

Enter in your Apple ID.  Click on Continue.

Enter in your registration information. Click on Continue.

Create your own local account.  Click on Continue

Once it’s done, you will see the Thank You page.  Click on Start Using Lion.

Log in now.
Mouse and keyboard response will still be fairly slow until VMware Tools is installed.

5. Installing VMWare Tools on Mac OS X

From the VM menu, go to Guest, and then Install/Upgrade VMware Tools

After seeing the pop up dialogue, click on OK

You will see the VMware Tools show up,  Double click on Install VMware Tools

Click on Continue to proceed with installation

Click on Continue button.

Select the drive where to have it installed.  Click on Continue

Click on Install

Enter in the password you setup during installation. Click on Install Software

Click on Continue Installation

The installation will proceed.

Installation will complete and then click on Restart

After restarting, you will notice that it shows that 10.7.2 as the direct update from 10.7.0.  Upgrading will cause the system to not boot anymore from our current testing.  Please let us know your comments from your tests.  So before you start, give it a VMware Snapshot and have some fun!

 

 


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47 Comments → “OS X on a Mac Mini with VMware ESXi 5”


  1. Daniel

    5 years ago

    I’m happy to report that I have 10.7.0 running as a VM! Thanks again!

    Reply

    • Paraguin

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the update Daniel!

      Reply

  2. kisg

    5 years ago

    Does USB redirection work from the vSphere client to the OSX VM? For Example: Can you sync an iPhone with iTunes?

    Reply

    • Paraguin

      5 years ago

      Yes and No. So what I just tried was taking the iPhone 4S and sending it through a Windows 7 machine with VSphere client running on it. I clicked on the USB and sent the Apple Iphone device to the VM. That part worked. The next part didn’t where it said that iTunes had to be updated in order to work with the iPhone. I think after updating the iTunes, it also patched the OS X Lion to 10.7.2 possibly and now it won’t boot the VM. But if you’re talking about standard USB flash drives and such, you should have no problem, just have to be careful about updating your Mac OS X VM since 10.7.2 is not yet supported by VMware.

      Reply

    • Daniel

      5 years ago

      Yep iPhone works. As Paraguin mentioned 10.7.0 comes with iTunes 10.3.5 and my iPhone 4 required iTunes 10.5. I went to software update and deselected everything except for iTunes. Works a treat!

      Reply

  3. Patch

    5 years ago

    I followed all of your guides. (Thanks so much!)
    However I am stuck. I have the VM booted (took a very long time) but am stuck on the choose language screen. I can’t click on anything however the mouse moves. Any ideas?

    Reply

    • Paraguin

      5 years ago

      Did you wait long enough for the clicking to work? I believe I also had to wait a while and just kept clicking around until it worked. You might want to also upgrade the memory usage to at least 2 gb of memory to make it operate smoother. 4 GB seems much more optimal.

      Reply

      • Patch

        5 years ago

        Yeah, I waited another 5 minutes and it let me click next.
        However I don’t see the VMWare disk in disk utility. All I see is the virtual DVD drive.
        Thoughts?

        Reply

        • Patch

          5 years ago

          I think I figured it out. The version I had was 10.7.2
          I am working on finding a version of 10.7.1.

          Thanks again

          Reply

  4. Regis Duchesne

    5 years ago

    > After restarting, you will notice that it shows that 10.7.2 as the direct update from 10.7.0. Upgrading will cause the system to not boot anymore from our current testing.

    It is fixed in Fusion versions >= 4.0.2 and it will be fixed in ESXi 5 Update 1.

    Reply

    • Paraguin

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the update Regis! Can’t wait for ESXi 5 update 1 then!

      Reply

  5. D4T

    5 years ago

    Hi,

    You can run 10.7.2 and even 10.7.3 if you the use the AppleLSIFusionMPT.kext from 10.7.1 or straight 10.7.

    The easiest way I found to do this was:

    1)Install latest Mac OS update
    2)Reboot
    3)Configure the VM to boot from the installation media ensuring you have a 10.7/10.7.1 installer.
    4)Open Terminal
    5)Remove the old kext from your previously working 10.7.2 VM.
    7)Select your 10.7.3 build as the startup disk.
    8)Reboot
    9)Boom, back in business ;)

    Reply

    • Paraguin

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the info! If I get a chance I’ll go through and do the screen shots and post this soon while we all wait for ESXi 5 Update 1.

      Reply

  6. KP

    5 years ago

    We currently have a Mac Mini Server with dual 500gb (Only recently purchased). OSX currently sits on the serverHD leaving the secondary macintoshHD spare and unused. My plan was to install the ESXi5 on the second drive and allowing us to dual boot between mac osx and ESXi. Is it possible to achieve this using the 3-part article for install ESXi 5? WHat would be best way of doing this?

    Reply

    • Paraguin

      5 years ago

      Hi KP, it seems quite possible though I don’t know if anyone has specifically tried that yet. During installation as long as you can install on the second partition, then you should be OK. As with the Mac you can hold down the Option key during boot up and get presented the boot loader screen to select which partition to load up. Obviously, I would suggest you do a Time Machine backup of your current system before you perform this to save any data and have a local copy of the Mac OS X Lion on hand since online recovery can take a really long time. Best of Luck!

      Reply

  7. David Barham

    5 years ago

    I’m really interested in trying to run multiple MacOs VMs and so disappointed that the only supported option from VMware now seems to rely on obsolete hardware (Xserver). What do you think the chances are of getting ESXi to run on a MacPro? We tried but got stuck with the network card. Do you think the same Broadcomm fix will work? I’m just thinking I’d rather go with more cores and more RAM than a mini would provide.
    Thanks
    David

    Reply

    • Paraguin

      5 years ago

      Yes, if you refer to the ifixit tear downs, the MacBookPros should be utilizing the same Broadcom NetXtreme NIC Cards. The hardware for the Mac Minis are essentially running on very similar hardware as the MacBook Pros. From a quick check of the Apple website, both the Mac Mini Server and the MacBookPros 15″ and 17″ can come with Quad-Core i7 processors. They are set to upgrade by Apple to 8 gb of RAM, but as we found out it’s possible to boost it to 16 gb of RAM as well.

      Reply

      • David Barham

        5 years ago

        I was really thinking about a Mac Pro, not a MacBook Pro. Something like a MacPro Server 2 x 2.4Ghz and 32Gb RAM and a couple of Tb HDD should be a sweet machine for VMs, IF we can get ESXi to run on it!

        Reply

        • Paraguin

          5 years ago

          That part I don’t know as it doesn’t seem many have the personal time and resources to try something like that out. You could start with the VMware HCL and see if it’s listed at all, but it appears you already checked there.

          Reply

  8. Mike

    5 years ago

    How long is a while to boot? I had it running for ~30 mins and no avail. Why does it use such low memory just after post?

    See attached:
    http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j188/880753/OSX.png

    Reply

    • Paraguin

      5 years ago

      That’s definitely too long. I think it should be under 5 minutes at most. You might want to re check your settings first.

      Reply

  9. eloscurosecreto

    5 years ago

    Within the ‘Materials Needed’ section, you selected 10.7.0 client over 10.7.0 server. Any particular reason, or does this guide this guide apply to both?

    Reply

    • Paraguin

      5 years ago

      If you have a spare $500 then that would be the main reason. It should be pretty much the same install. The client OS is achievable by the masses for a lower cost of $30 and much easier to prove the proof of concept.

      Reply

  10. David Barham

    5 years ago

    Yes, the VMware HCL is worse than useless as the only Apple it lists is the now obsolete Xserve

    Reply

    • Paraguin

      5 years ago

      Just from looking at it, I think the Apple RAID Card on that Mac Pro would be one area of challenge. The other would be just swallowing down the cost of the system to even attempt it. If you do however get a chance to purchase one for personal or office use, let me know as I’m willing to update information regarding it.

      Reply

  11. Miller

    5 years ago

    I tried your ESXi guide on a refurb Macmini5,1 (with 8GB memory) and it worked perfectly; thanks for those posts!

    Unfortunately, it came with 10.7.2. I pulled the InstallESD.dmg (followed http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20110831105634716), but unsurprisingly I wasn’t able to boot that dmg in a new VM. I’m sure its because of the incompatibility between ESXi 5.0 and 10.7.2 that others have found. Am I out of luck until ESXi 5.0.1 comes out (does anyone know when that might be?), or is there another (legitimate) place/way to get the installer for 10.7.0/1?

    Reply

    • Paraguin

      5 years ago

      I don’t believe you can make iTunes go backwards to give you a previous version, so the best bet is see if someone you know has an older copy you can borrow or wait for ESXi 5.0 Update 1.

      Reply

    • MSoK

      5 years ago

      As far as I am aware, the only way to get 10.7.0 or 10.7.1 legitimately is to buy the OS X Lion USB Thumb Drive, £55 on the UK Apple Store, it has not been upgraded in line with the versions you download from the App Store.

      Reply

  12. eloscurosecreto

    5 years ago

    VMware ESXi 5.0 Installable Update 1 is now available (https://downloads.vmware.com/d/details/esxi50u1/dHRAYndkZSpidHclZQ==).

    Release Notes:
    https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere5/doc/vsp_esxi50_u1_rel_notes.html

    10.7.3 is official supported :)

    Reply

    • Paraguin

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the update!

      Reply

  13. eloscurosecreto

    5 years ago

    The install directions for OS X seem to have changed a bit from what you have blogged. I’m sure it’s not a substantial difference, but it’s definitely not the same. I’m trying to figure out how to install the OS now.

    Reply

  14. eloscurosecreto

    5 years ago

    Actually, disregard my last comment. I didn’t realize you had already created your resource pools. For those unfamiliar with resource pools, I suggest reading this blog: http://wahlnetwork.com/2012/02/01/understanding-resource-pools-in-vmware-vsphere/
    It helped me out a lot.

    And for those who were scratching there heads over thin vs thick vs thick disk provisioning options, this blog really breaks it down: http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2012/03/thin-provisioning-whats-the-scoop.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    I hope to get my security lab up and running really soon now, all thanks to paraguin! :)

    Reply

  15. Joe Carroll

    5 years ago

    Thanks for all your hard work testing and documenting. Installing Lion 10.7.3 on ESXi 5.0.0 (Update 1) as we speak :-)

    BTW, one error I noticed: that url you provided for checking if the SMC is recognised is wrong (it’s missing /mob/ between the hostname/IP address and the paramaters) and should be: https://address-of-your-host/mob/?moid=ha-host&doPath=hardware

    Cheers!

    Reply

  16. Jim Cooper

    5 years ago

    Thanks for the series on ESXi on Apple hardware.

    5.0 update 1 installs clean on the current generation of Mac minis (core i5, core i7). No need to patch the ethernet driver any more. There is also a 10.7 pick when creating a virtual machine. It’s all very straightforward now.

    I just got done creating a 10.7.3 virtual machine on a core i5 mac mini with RAM upgraded to 8 GB. Works great.

    Thanks again.

    Reply

    • Vito

      5 years ago

      5.0 U1 installs clean with no need to play the driver games?

      I have been fighting with it all afternoon, but I used the 50u1 and merged the patch in, which didn’t work. So I spent the next few hours re-installing Lion again. I think I will time machine backup before I ESX again.

      Has anyone else been able to install 50u1 and have the i5 network up with out issue?
      I just found another 2.3gb i5 on Craigslist that will make my cluster complete if I can get this up and running.

      v

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    • Vito

      5 years ago

      I’m not seeing it. Can you assist? My ESX is showing 5.0.0 , 515841.. But I do not see a pull down for 10.7. I was not able to get it back on the network without re-patching the driver.. I’m new at this, so if I missed something that may explain it.

      Reply

      • Paraguin

        5 years ago

        Based on the VMware documentation, even if you are installing 10.7 and using the 10.6 host OS type, it should work. I’m not sure if this carries through for 10.7.1+ though. I haven’t had time to try myself yet.

        Reply
  17. [...] in preparation, I spent some time reading these posts: VMware Community thread, ESXi on Mac Mini, Lion on ESXi, recommended RAM, RAM checker how-to, unetbootin, and register & download ESXi. Many thanks to [...]

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  18. Vito

    5 years ago

    I’m slightly perplexed… I updated to 5.0u1 as per the wonderful directions and I extracted my Installer.DMG, uploaded and booted..
    I get to the initial installer and cant seem to interact with my mouse button or keyboard.

    I’m also perplexed as some have posted that 10.7 is a choice when selecting New VM creation, where exactly is that? when I pick other, I only see 10.6 32 or 64 bit

    I’m sure i’m very close, but I think I’m suffering from my brand new Mac having the new software not the original lion..

    Reply

  19. Vito

    5 years ago

    OK here we go again….

    DL a fresh and forsure 5.0U1 install iso. I’m pushing it to my 2nd mini.. to see if…
    1. the network works.
    2. the version number is different
    3. the new found hope I will have 2 mini’s in my “mini cluster” Pun fully intended..

    Reply

    • Vito

      5 years ago

      Point 1. A clean install of 5.0U1 via Iso onto a Mac Mini5,1 did NOT produce a network that worked.

      Point 2. A clean install of 5.oU1 produced a different build number ( 623860 ) than when installing and patching. ( forgive me, I’m new at this, if you all knew that already. )

      Point 3. I now have 2 Mac Mini 5,1 2.3Ghz i5′s with 16GB of memory running in my Cluster.

      time to configure iscsi and test it’s performance vs nas on my ix4-200d ce.

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  20. Krusty

    5 years ago

    There is a auto start bug of VMs in the free version of VMware ESXi 5 Update 1 (not the licensed version of ESXi). It also breaks the auto shut down of VMs when you power down the ESXi host. I don´t know if the Mac Mini is affected, but my Dell server sadly is. If you start or shut down your ESXi host on regular basis the upgrade to Esxi 5 U1 (or clean install) is probably not recommended.

    http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2012/03/free-esxi-hypervisor-auto-start-breaks-with-50-update-1.html

    (Sorry about my english)

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  21. Adam Brenner

    5 years ago

    Got this to work running the lastest VMware ESXi 5 (update 1 included) on OSX 10.7.4. I did have to follow the information on http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=267339 running the ESXi patch from one of the datastore volumes and reboot the entire host.

    After that, the white load beach ball loading screen went away and started to install. Great tutorial.

    System Specs:
    RAM: 48GB
    CPU: 2x Intel Xeon E5-2620
    HDs: 4x 1TB
    Supermicro X9DRD-iF
    VMware ESXi 5.0.0 623860
    OSX: 10.7.4

    -Adam

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  22. Doug

    4 years ago

    Tried to install 10.7.4 on my Mini with ESX5 but can’t get it to work for the life of me. I don’t think its possible to get this older version any more :(

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    • Paraguin

      4 years ago

      Through the Mac App store you are correct, you cannot get older versions. You would either have to find it online somewhere else or ask a friend.

      Reply

  23. Ronny

    4 years ago

    Thanks for the great work! i got my mac mini running for about half a year now :) Also installed Mac OS X 10.7.4. Now i updated to ESXi, 5.1.0, 799733 and when i try to deploy a new VM with MAC OS X i get the following error.

    Attempting to start up from:
    -> EFI Virtual disk (0.0)… unsuccessful
    -> EFI VMware Virtual IDE CDROM Drive (IDE 1:0)… unsuccessful.
    -> EFI Network….PXE-E18: Server response timeout.
    unsuccessful.
    -> EFI Internal Shell (Unsupported option)…
    EFI Shell version 2.30 [1.0]
    Current running mode 1.1.12
    Device mapping table
    blk0 :BlockDevice – Alias (null)
    PciRoot(0×0)/Pci (0×7,0×1)/Ata (Secondary,Master,0×0)
    blk1 :Removable BlockDevice – Alias (null)
    PciRoot(0×0)/Pci (0×10,0×0)/Scsi (0×0,0×0)

    Press ESC in x seconds to skip startup.nsh, any other key to continue.

    Shell>

    anyone else with the same problem??? My old MAC OS X VM is still running and boots with no problem! I’m just not able to set up a new VM from ESDInstall.dmg as i was able to before.

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  24. Richard Robbins

    4 years ago

    I’ve installed ESXi 5.1 to my Mac Mini 4,1. The install is on the internal hard disk.

    Is there any way for me to get this box to auto boot into ESXi as opposed to using the option key at boot time. I prefer to run this setup as a headless server and needing to attach a keyboard and monitor to reboot is less than ideal.

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