Run Mac OS X on Windows 10 Using VMware

I’ve never been a Mac fan, but I do have to say that our family does have several Apple products in our home, 2 iPads and an iPhone… for the kids and my wife. Whether I like to admit it or not they do make a highly polished quality product.

It had been an interest of mine recently to run Mac OS X on my powerhouse PC at home, but I wanted it to run as virtual machine. I raked over some sites that stated it was not possible, I found that rather funny I mean how is it not possible doesn’t Mac run on Intel hardware nowadays anyhow? Then I stumbled on this video.

It does a good job at showing the basic steps, however it doesn’t explain much along the way, I figured it would be good to break this down and explain it.

  1. Download this file (approx. 6 GB), within this file is a file called Yosemite 10.10 Retail VMware.rar, this needs to be extracted to a location of your choice, preferably onto a SSD. This rar file contains VMware prepped OS X files (vmx, vmdk) for use with VMware products.
  2. Install VMware Workstation or VMware Player, I chose the Workstation route since I already had it installed.
  3. Confirm VMware Workstation or VMware Player is installed correctly, and close the program.
  4. Download the latest OS X Unlocker, at the time of writing it is version 2.0.8.
  5. Extract the contents of OS X Unlocker onto your computer. OS X Unlocker essentially patches the installed VMware product so Mac OS X can be installed. It does this modifying some core VMware system files.
  6. Browse to the folder where you extracted OS X Unlocker and Run the following files As Administrator (win-install.cmd and win-update-tools.cmd)os_x_unlocker
    Note: if something goes wrong or you’d like to restore the original files for your VMware application you can run win-uninstall.cmd.
  7. Run VMware Workstation or VMware Player and select Open a Virtual Machine.vmware_open_a_vm
  8. Select the Mac OS X 10.9.vmx file and select Open.vmware_open_vmx
  9. Go to Edit virtual machine settings. Either by right clicking on the Mac OS X 10.9 object on the left side panel or via the tabbed window.vmware_edit_vm
  10. You can keep the default resources if you prefer or bump them up, I personally bumped them up to 8 GB and 2 vCPU. The important option here is Version which is on the Options tab. This needs to be set to Mac OS X 10.7. This option is not available by default, the OS X Unlocker we ran earlier has exposed this option. If for some reason you don’t see this option, look at re-running the OS X Unlocker steps, it needs to be Run as Administrator.vmware_mac_os_x
  11. Now power on the Virtual Machine using Power on this virtual machine or by right clicking and going to Power > Start Up Guest.
  12. The machine will boot up and take you through the OS X setup process, it’s very quick and painless. Once complete it’s now time to install the latest VMware Tools onto the newly created OS X VM. You may have picked up on it when we ran win-update-tools.cmd for OS X Unlocker… it pulled down the latest and greatest for us to mount and install.
  13. Right click on the Mac OS X 10.9 VM on the left side and go to Settings.
  14. Go to CD/DVD and go to Browse and mount the darwin.iso file. Make sure Connected is checked!
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  15. The VMware Tools installer should pop right up, just click Install VMware Tools and then reboot upon completion.os_x_vmware_tools
  16. If you want to take it a step further to improve the VM performance there is tool called BeamOff which is included in this file we downloaded in step 1. This tool disables beam synchronization which in turn improves OS X VM performance.
    • Mount the Beamoff Tool.iso similarly to VMware Tools in the step previous. Alternately you can download BeamOff zip and do this yourself if you prefer.
    • Extract the BeamOff application to somewhere on your VM.
    • Go to System Preferences.
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    • Go to Users & Groups.os_x_users_and_groups
    • Click on your User account and select Login Items, click the + and browse and select beamoff.os_x_login_beamoff
  17. At the time of this writing OS X El Capitan is now available, if you want to apply it, go fetch the update from the App Store and install it!os_x_el_capitan

Hopefully you found this informative, I found it interesting and thought I should share my experience.

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BBM: Why you should be using it and the benefits of BlackBerry Messenger.

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So finally after about two years of picture leaks of the beta BBM for Android it arrived. I’ve head the chance to play with the service on an Android device. So what is the big deal you may ask, why is everyone flocking to BBM?

There are several reasons for this I would like to think. For the majority of us it may be nostalgia, but I hope it is the feature set that is available and that has not yet arrived. 10 million users downloaded the application in a span of 24 hours, could they be wrong?

So what are the benefits of using BBM when I can use Whatsapp, LiveProfile or similar chat progrmas? Well firstly BBM is secure encrypted communication. Profiles on the BBM platform are identified by a 8 character hexadecimal key string (PIN), it’s not email nor is a user id just a generic unidentifiable PIN. In a world where the NSA deems itself the world police for communications, weather sitting on a public wifi or using your providers data plan and chatting via BBM, it is encrypted using your PIN. No one should be able to sniff and read your communications. The encrypted communications part is the biggest selling feature for myself, maybe it is a false sense of security, or perhaps not, but having some security is better than none. Another benefit of the BBM platform is that you do not require a cellular data connection, it can work off WiFi. If you’re travelling across the pond or just to your neighbour next door, you plop in a SIM card with a data plan and your contacts will know who they’re communicating with.

BBM plays great with my battery on the Nexus 4, I’ve seen an improvement in battery usage already. My SMS application eats battery when in heavy usage, BBM doesn’t seem to even scratch the surface of what the default SMS applicaiton consumes.

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Then there is the elephant in the room. Sometimes SMS and MMS messages do not go through. They are very unreliable and this is just a fact of life. The unreliability of SMS/MMS communication has actually one time lead me to break up with a woman, lol. She would get very irritated with me when I wouldn’t reply to her texts. I tried to explain to her what the problem was, but she just woudln’t get it. So I had to cut the cord. With BBM you know if the message has been sent, delivered, and read, this is where the reliability comes in. Also the huge infrastructure and the time that RIM… err, BlackBerry has been at this for gives them an advantage in this space.

My personal favourite for BBM on the Android device is being able to add a contact to BBM via NFC. Open your BBM on both devices and touch your phones, they will vibrate, your screen will zoom out, you press the screen, and voila the contact is passed and added to BBM on both devices. Android to Blackberry NFC contacts are even simpler, you just touch the devices back to back and contacts are added on both devices.

So what is missing from BBM for Android and iOS? Two things, video chat and screen sharing. These will be added at a later date, this is straight from the horses mouth.

And lastly because… CANADA, F**K YEAH!

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Update: Apparently BB said that the video and sharing features will be available on Android and iOS within months. Also what I have been wondering is how they play on monetizing BBM, welcome to BBM Channels a new social media feature on the BBM. Check it out.