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VirtualBox 3.2 Beta Supports Mac OS X Guests

Interestingly one of the new features in Sun Oracle’s VirtualBox 3.2 Beta is:

  • Experimental support for Mac OS X guests

I’m curious how they implemented that so that they steer clear of Apple’s legal team. I’m also curious how that runs. I may need to give that a try.

6 replies on “VirtualBox 3.2 Beta Supports Mac OS X Guests”

FWIW, VMware Fusion has had support for this for a few months; the way they got around the legal stuff was to put a check in there for ensuring they’re running on Mac hardware.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens here if VirtualBox didn’t do that.

Read the documentation: it works only with OS X Server because Server is already designed to be virtualized, and it runs only on Apple hardware because VBox does not bypass or imitate Apple hardware identification. Don’t expect to run an OS X client guest on a Windows box. This is solely for server admins who want another VM solution.

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