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These instructions are for VirtualBox on Windows and Linux but they work well on OS X as well. Taken from here -- abridged and modified for OS X guest OS: Rip your original retail DVD of Snow Leopard in ISO format. In VirtualBox, create a new virtual machine. Name it as you want, but select "Mac OS X" as the operating system, and "Mac OS X Server" as the ...


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10.7 (Build 11A511) guest in VirtualBox 4.1 greater Whilst end user forums are currently limited to Mac OS X Server, not updated for Lion, there is discussion of Lion (not always Lion Server) in that context. With the most recent VirtualBox it is unnecessary to convert disk images; .dmg files are recognised. Depending on your approach, you might see: ...


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Having extensively used VMware Fusion (all the versions from 1 beta till 3.1), Parallels (from their first public release till 5.x -haven’t yet upgraded to 6) and a lot of VirtualBox versions (Although I stopped using it six months ago), I can say that for Windows both Parallels and VMware ran circles around VirtualBox in terms of features, compatibility and ...


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If this is a hobby and you are not planning on releasing any apps to the app store, and you can tolerate the slow performance and don't care about running on real devices, then don't worry about it. However, if you are creating a business the it is essential to run on real hardware. Any low end Mac (MacBook Air 11", is my current favorite) will blow away any ...


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Using a virtual disk in VMware you can avoid dedicating space to Windows 7 that is just free space, unlike a dual-boot where you'd have to allocate a partition that has all the free space you will ever need. (Probably true with other VM solutions, but I don't know.) While a VMware virtual disk does not auto-shrink, it starts out small (on the host disk) ...


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Yes it's possible. You don't need to install multiple virtualization software to run multiple virtualized systems. You can use one virtualization software (VMware, Parallels or VirtualBox for example) to run multiple virtual machines at the same time. You can edit the Virtual Machines. You can change the amount of memory and the number of cores used by ...


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Set up Host-Only, Internal or Bridged Networking. Whenever you change the virtual machine's network configuration you need to inform the operating system within that virtual machine of that change. The easiest way is to simply reboot the virtual machine. Look up the virtual machine's IP-Adress using ip addr eth0. Verify basic connectivity using ping ...


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Using BetterTouchTool on the Mac host machine,use a application specific rule for the VirtualBox VM to map the swipe gesture to keyboard shortcuts to change desktops. To tie the rule to the VM and not the prefs app, issue ln -s /Applications/VirtualBox.app/Contents/Resources/VirtualBoxVM.app ~/Desktop/VBVM.app, to create an alias to the VM's app bundle on ...


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You can technically run Lion in a VM, but I really really really wouldn't recommend it. Here's why: You're basically entering the murky world of Hackintoshes Hackintoshes are inherently "hacky". The performance is rarely going to be as reliable as running OSX on mac hardware. You're violating Apple's EULA. If you really want to do it, here's a link, but ...


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VirtualBox is free so the downside to trying it is just your time. I did, and stayed with it. I primarily run XP but I did play with a couple of Linux flavors on it as well. Its seamless mode works well, showing only the application's windows on your OS X desktop among whatever other OS X stuff is there. I point my few remaining Windows apps to shared ...


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No as VirtualBox does not emulate the CPU but virtualizies it as described by Oracle. You would need to find Virtual PC or Bochs (I have used both in the past) or others in a list from www.macwindows.com However now getting an extra second hand intel box might well be the easiest thing to do and would definitely provide the faster solution.


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I also wanted to run ubuntu native on my iMac and could not figure it out for the longest time. I refused to use virtualization software. Took a look at ubuntu's website and the instructions it provides work the best for me. First make bootable Ubuntu USB Stick http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/create-a-usb-stick-on-mac-osx Restart your computer. Hold ...


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With 10.6 and a USB keyboard, the Fn keys pass through to the app; OS-X only intercepts the media functions. In your OS-X's Keyboard SysPrefs pane, is: Use F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys selected? With this selection, my (unshifted) F-keys pass straight through to my VBox VM. With it unselected, I need to use the Fn key to generate ...


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Parallels has a specific setting to optimize its VMs for backup by Time Machine and prevent backing up unchanged data. To enable improved integration with Time Machine, please go to Virtual Machine Configuration, choose Options and hit Backup. Select "Optimize for Time Machine" in SmartGuard menu. Similarly, VMWare Fusion has some support for Time ...


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Tuning performance on one system stacked that deeply with layers of software is tricky - you will need to observe and measure: The game performing against Windows 7 so that you could see if Windows needs settings changes to run the game more effectively. The Windows OS running against the VirtualBox environment and seeing if VB settings can make windows ...


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It is however possible to install a client version of OS X in e.g. VMware Fusion - but not out of the box. First you need to re-pack the installation DVD with a small correction (addition of one empty system file), telling Fusion that it is a server edition you are installing - and after the installation you need to do the same change in the installed OS X ...


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installing Ubuntu as dual boot with OS X running OS X from within Ubuntu: install VirtualBox add yourself to disk group: sudo usermod -G disk,vboxusers -a `whoami` create virtual disk pointing to your real disk VBoxManage internalcommands createrawvmdk -filename ~/.VirtualBox/OSX.vmdk -rawdisk /dev/sda -partitions 2 -relative (if your OS X is not on ...


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People have gotten VirtualBox to use a partition as a drive for a virtual machine. However, I don't believe it is officially supported. This link, while discussing windows as the guest, may point you in the right direction. http://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.phpf=7&t=20793&p=89806&hilit=raw+partition+vista#p89806 Old but still contains ...


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A Mac, especially one running Snow Leopard or Lion, requires at least 2 GB of RAM for decent system performance. Even through the system requirements for Snow Leopard are 1 GB, it doesn't perform well with 1 GB. Lion requires 2 GB of RAM just to be able to run. If you plan on running a virtual machine setup and expect decent performance from both machines, ...


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Perhaps it may be less hassle to build a clean, new XP image rather than import the Sony? Have you tried using VMWare vCenter Converter? It's a free utility. Check your Windows XP license string. If it's a OEM license string, don't attempt the following conversion. From memory, these are the steps in using Converter: Power on the Sony and connect to your ...


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16GB Memory + 128GB SSD + Data Doubler from OWC (or analog from ebay) to put SSD into it. Only caveat would be if your MBP is one of early ones that had Optical SATA connector capped at 3Gbps. Then if you want SSD to be as fast as possible it's better to put it in place of HDD.


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Yup. You should be able to. Give it a try. :) Though, I hope apps will be updated to work on Intel, because this isn't the most resource-firendly solution. It probably takes more processing power / RAM / Hard Disk Space to install and run Snow Leopard than to run the app itself. Yet, I think you can find alternative Intel apps. I really like using ...


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See this article: http://osxdaily.com/2011/06/08/create-burn-bootable-mac-os-x-lion-install-disc/ Use the .dmg as your source disk. You may have to convert it first to an .iso: if that's the case, use Disk Utility to convert it to a "CD/DVD Master" image (.cdo) and simply rename it to .iso.


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As you've pointed out, there is plenty of virtualisation software. However, the most famous are Parallels and VMware Fusion (the other ones I haven't used, so I can't give you an opinion about them). In my opinion, Parallels is the more robust one and gives me the best performance. There are a lot of online battles going one between both camps and there ...


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There should be no problems upgrading to the latest version of VirtualBox. You can just download and run the installer to upgrade, no additional uninstall steps are required. You can also update automatically from the "VirtualBox" menu, by choosing "Check for Updates...". It should find a newer version, and prompt to download and install.


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Yes, you can easily copy virtual machines between systems. The easiest way would be to just create the virtual machine on your linux machine, and when you are ready to copy it over, you can export it as an appliance. This will give you a single file to copy over to you Macbook Air. Once you have the file copied over to your Air, you can then import it ...


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Enable snapshots. In VMWare when a snapshot is created, the (VMDK) hard drive contents are frozen, while changes are stored as a separate delta. Before: 20GB VMDK + 1GB of changes = 20GB of changed files to backup After 20GB VMDK (Snapshotted) + 1GB of changes = 1GB of changes to backup. Additionally, you can keep snapshotting, so if you have an initial ...


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Since you say "changes made to the VM don't matter" then you can do what I do which is Put all the VMs in one folder Exclude the folder with the VMs from Time Machine Manually back up the VM folder. I keep a copy offsite on a portable RAID 1 drive. Letting Time Machine "do its thing" is a bad idea, as it will make a new copy every it does a backup, ...


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This sets the host key to the right command key (VirtualBox 4.3.10): VBoxManage setextradata global GUI/Input/HostKeyCombination 54 The command will accept any value, but VirtualBox will not start if you supply an invalid value. 55 is the standard left command key, 61 is the right alt key. I found the values via educated guesses (aka "playing around").



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