Is there a supported method to create a macOS/OS X VM on VMware ESXi 6.7?

When I try to power on my VM I get an error message: “The guest operating system ‘darwin18_64Guest’ is not supported. I have also read online that there’s some sort of unlocker tool that you can use as a work around, however, I’m not too enthusiastic on using that in my production environment.

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  1. We have a few Mac Pro’s running ESXi for that reason. As much as I liked the idea at first they’re not server hardware and will give you PTSD by loosing power randomly and not having a RLOM.

    If you care about your sanity don’t go down that path

  2. You can only do that on Apple hardware. Or more correctly, it’s only supported & licensed on Apple hardware. Though as you point out there are ways of doing it.

  3. Thanks all for the replies. VMware support has confirmed what I thought.

    “unfortunately the only supported way to create a VM of OSX on VMware is to run the ESXi software on Apple hardware. Otherwise your looking at other unsupported means to accomplish this. While some of the methods online do technically work they are not supported by VMware in any way. Please let me know if you have any further question I can answer.”

    I guess I’ll have to go one of these alternative routes. ?‍♂️

  4. The unlocked works fine, the only issue is that you can’t right click to power on a VM. You have to ssh directly into the host and power on the VM via a command line. At least on 5.5 it was like that.

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