Is it possible to run OS X in VM Ware? I want to setup a virtualized OS X for testing instead of going to buy another mac. Can I do that technically and legally?

To be explicit I do own a mac already.

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You can do it technically. Legally I think you can do it if a) The VM is on Mac hardware and b) you purchase a unique disk (license) for the OS in the VM.

  • There is one other condition: the OS in the VM has to be Mac OS X Server. Regular Mac OS X will not install. Commented Jan 4, 2011 at 1:00
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    What about Lion or Mountain Lion: there is no CD for these OS
    – Pascal Qyy
    Commented Aug 7, 2012 at 5:29

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