Am I able to install OS X on a VM in VMware VSphere Client? I've already got ESXi 5.5 installed on my testing environment at home on my Dell PowerEdge server with 4 VMs running windows OS's accessing them via Vsphere Client from my laptop.

Something similar to this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quky-WIFZG8

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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is against OSX licensing.
    – EEAA
    Dec 9, 2014 at 21:44
  • @EEAA It's not against licensing to run it on Apple hardware...
    – jlehtinen
    Dec 9, 2014 at 21:46
  • The OP is running it on a Dell PE.
    – EEAA
    Dec 9, 2014 at 21:46

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I was looking at this a few weeks ago. If memory serves it is a qualified yes.

Specifically, it is supported by VmWare. However, according the OS X licensing agreement, you must be running vSphere ESXi on Apple hardware.

Also as an FYI, there's some secret sauce stuff in the OS X installer that will detect non-Apple hardware on install and terminate the install if you attempt that.

See support details here: http://blogs.vmware.com/guestosguide/guest-os/unix-and-others/mac-osx

See licensing details here: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1000131

  • Thank you for the extra info. I have always heard that it has to be on Apple hardware, but after watching some youtube videos on how to get it on a PC, I couldn't find any for my particular situation. Why does Apple have to make it so hard all the time??? :) Dec 9, 2014 at 22:08
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    @GregArnold I can understand why Apple do it, OSX works well because it is only run on a small set of hardware, but granted it makes things so f*$(ng hard for us techies that don't want (or can't afford) Apple hardware for running OSX on.
    – tombull89
    Dec 9, 2014 at 22:39
  • You should understand that Apple is primarily a hardware company -- from their perspective OS X and OS X Server exist to encourage you to buy Mac computers (which is why they give OS X away and charge just $20 for Server). Allowing them to run on non-Apple hardware would completely defeat this purpose. I'd love to see Apple sell a generic-hardware-virtualizable-server license for, say, $1000 (which would completely make up for what they're not making on the hardware), but that's just not the way Apple thinks. Dec 10, 2014 at 18:45

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