I have seen posts like Snow Leopard Server in Fusion VM: installation keeps failing on how to install Snow Leopard Server 10.6.8 on a VMware VM, but as best I can tell, the recommended solution is to create a .dmg file from the disk, and then do one of several things, including install Snow Leopard 10.6.4 or more recent. I also tried adding
cpuid.1.eax = "0000:0000:0000:0001:0000:0110:1010:0101" to the .vmx file without noted difference.
The behavior I have experienced both attempting to install directly from media, and attempting to install from a .dmg file created from that media per Snow Leopard Server in Fusion VM: installation keeps failing's first response, is that it seems to start booting or installing, asks which language to use to install, and then gives a dialogue that says, 'Mac OS X can't be installed on this computer. If you want to restore your system from a Time Machine backup, click "Restore From Backup."', with buttons saying 'Restore From Backup' and 'Restart'.
Is there a current HOWTO to install OSX Server 10.6.8 under Fusion 7.1.2 on 10.12.2?