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Article ID = 114
Article Title = Virtualising Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (Server)
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 3rd February 2014
Article Last Updated = 27th March 2019
Article URL = https://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?114
Article Brief Description:
Instructions for installing, setting up and virtualising Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (Server) on a modern Mac so you can use Rosetta (PowerPC) based applications.

Virtualising Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server/Rosetta

The ability to virtualise Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard is important and very useful as it is the only way to use Rosetta(PowerPC) based applications on a modern Macintosh computer. MacStrategy presents a special guide to doing just this. You mustvirtualise Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server and not the client version. This is a legal requirement by Apple.You are legally allowed to virtualise the server version but not the normal, client version.
This article deals with setting up/installing a virtual machine with Mac OS X 10.6 clean/from scratch. If you would like to transfer an existing Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 to a virtual machine, or take a Mac OS X 10.6 bootable storage device/clone/disk image and convert it into a virtual machine please see this article instead.

Virtualisation Software

  • Parallels Desktop [£69.99 inc VAT - 14 day free trial available]
  • VMWare Fusion [£70.00 inc VAT - 30 day free trial available]
  • Oracle VirtualBox [FREE - Open source under GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2]

Instructions

Some people have reported that if you have a very modern Macintosh computer (one released well after Mac OS X 10.6 existed) it is not easy/possible to install to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server in a virtual environment. We're looking into that and will update this article with more information when we have it. We'll test with other Macs as and when we can and update this article accordingly. For this article we have tested using the following Macs:
  • MacBook Pro 15' (Early 2011 model - MacBookPro8,2) [released after 10.6.3]
  • Mac mini (Late 2012 model - Macmini6,2) [released after 10.6.3]
If you do have an older Mac that should support Mac OS X 10.6 but get an error message along the lines of 'Mac OS virtual machines can run only on computers having Mac OS X Leopard (version 10.5.1 or higher) or Mac OS X Tiger (version 10.4.11 or higher) installed' specifically listing 'Problem ID: 397' then follow Parallel's instructions here and try again.

Preparation

IsoNOTE: You will need a Mac with a physical, optical drive to create an ISO disk image of the Mac OS X 10.6 Server install DVD. This does not need to be the Mac you ultimately install the virtual machine on, you just need a Mac with an optical drive to create the ISO disk image of the Mac OS X 10.6 Server install DVD in the first place.
  • Obtain your preferred virtualisation software (see list above)
  • Obtain the Mac OS X 10.6 Server install disc:
    • If you don't have one, it is available by calling the Apple Store (in the UK 0800 048 0408) - you cannot buy it via the Apple online store
    • You need part number 'MC588Z/A' which is specifically 'Mac OS X 10.6.3 Snow Leopard Server Unlimited Clients Single Licence International' (£14.00 inc VAT in the UK) - not the normal client edition (part number MC573Z/A)
  • Create an ISO disk image of the Mac OS X 10.6 Server install DVD:
    1. Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility
    2. Insert your Mac OS X 10.6 Server install DVD
    3. In Disk Utility, in the top left, click on the icon for the optical drive not the indented line for the disc volume
    4. Go to File menu > New > Disk Image from device name, where device name is the OS name of your optical drive e.g. disk1
    5. In the save dialogue box enter a suitable filename e.g. 'Mac OS X Server 10.6.3 ISO.dmg'. Leave Image Format with the default setting of compressed.
    6. Wait for the image to be created and then eject the original DVD
    7. Archive/backup the 'Mac OS X Server 10.6.3 ISO.dmg' disc image that you just created
  • Purchase/install/update your preferred virtualisation software
  • Make sure you have plenty of free hard disk space (a basic 10.6 Server install is about ~8.5GB before your own applications and you'll need at least twice that if you need to clone it for multiple installations), so we recommend at least 25GB of free space
  • Make sure your actual, physical Mac has a working internet connection e.g. use a web browser to go to https://www.apple.com and see if you can view a web page
  • Create a dedicated folder to share files/documents with the virtual environment e.g. in your Documents folder create a folder titled '106SharedFolder'
Instructions for installing Mac OS X 10.6 Server with:Mac Os X Snow Leopard For Virtualbox

Parallels Desktop v9 (or later) Instructions

  1. Open Parallels
  2. Go to File menu > New
  3. Click on 'Install Windows or another OS from a DVD or image file' and click Continue
  4. Click on 'Image File'
  5. Drag your Mac OS X 10.6 Server install DVD ISO image file to the area in the window
  6. Click Continue to begin installing Mac OS X
  7. Name your virtual machine e.g. 'Mac OS X 10.6 Server'
  8. Tick the 'Customize settings before installation' option
  9. Choose your required custom settings. We recommend:
    • General > CPUs and Memory e.g. 2 CPUs and 4GB RAM)
    • Options > Sharing - for best security set 'Share Folders' to 'None', untick 'SmartMount' 'Map mac volumes to virtual Machine and click 'Custom Folders…' and add your dedicated shared folder e.g. in your Documents > '106SharedFolder' (as per the preparation section above)
    • Hardware > Video > Video memory - the more memory assigned the higher the resolution available for the virtual environment
    • Hardware > Network 1 > Type > Bridged Network: 'Built-in Ethernet' - the virtual environment will use your physical Mac's Ethernet network configuration
    • Security > Time Machine > Do not back up virtual machine
  10. Close settings window and click 'Continue'
  11. The virtual machine will reboot to the OS X Server install disc (Apple logo + whirling wheel underneath)
  12. Follow the on screen instructions
  13. At the Install Mac OS X Server screen, click 'Customize…' in the bottom left and select custom options as required, specifically tick 'Rosetta' and 'QuickTime 7'. Only tick 'Langauge Translations' or 'X11' if you specifically need them otherwise you are just wasting space. No need to tick 'Printer Support' as it's a virtual environment and if drivers are needed OS X will automatically download and install the latest driver versions as required.
  14. After the installation completes and the virtual machine reboots please be patient, especially with any black screens - everything is slightly slower in a virtual environment
  15. At the Welcome screen follow the on screen instructions
  16. NOTE: If 10.6 Server needs to be installed on multiple Macs using different serial numbers that you have no control over make a copy or clone of the virtual machine before entering the serial number:
    • In Parallels 'Shut down' the virtual machine and choose shut down again to force the Mac to shut down if necessary
    • In the Finder go to the Parallels virtual machine folder (usually Macintosh HD > Users >your home directory > Documents > Parallels)
    • Copy/duplicate/archive the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine file (pvm)
    • Copy this file to the same place on additional Macs with Parallels as required (usually Macintosh HD > Users >your home directory > Documents > Parallels)
    OR make a clone:
    • In Parallels go to Window menu > Virtual Machines List
    • Select the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine (don't open it or start it)
    • Go to File menu > Clone and make a clone of the virtual machine
    • Copy the clone to additional Macs with Parallels as required
  17. Start up the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine again and complete the initial installation (and enter your serial number)
    • Set up as a new server
    • If you don't want to register at the registration page click inside the virtual machine and window and press (Apple+q) then click the 'Skip' button
    • At the Administrator Account screen untick 'Enable administrators to log in remotely using SSH' and 'Enable administrators to manage this server remotely' and create an admin account
    • At the Network screen select Ethernet on the left and on the right set 'Configure IPv4' to 'Using DHCP'
    • At the Network Names screen set 'Primary DNS Name' to 'my106server.private' and 'Computer Name' to 'my106server' (use different, identifiable names if you are installing on multiple Macs e.g. 106server01.private / 106server01, then 106server02.private / 106server02, and so on… - these can be changed later if required)
    • At the Users and Groups screen choose 'Configure Manually'
    • At the Connect to a Directory Server screen untick 'Connect to a Directory Server'
    • At the Directory Services screen untick 'Set up an Open Directory master'
    • Click 'Setup' and Mac OS X Server will configure itself
  18. Now the Finder will appear and the Server Admin application will open
  19. NOTE: Under Settings >
    • General tab you can change the serial number
    • Network tab you can change the Computer Name and/or Local Hostname
  20. Quit Server Admin
  21. Unmount the 'Mac OS X Server Install Disc'
  22. Go to Virtual Machine menu > Install Parallels Tools…
  23. Install Parallels Tools, following the on screen instructions and restart the virtual machine when complete
  24. Set the screen resolution as required
  25. Set your Finder > Preferences
  26. Move or delete the 'Mac OS X Server Next Steps.pdf' from the Desktop - you do not need to do any of this.
  27. To avoid confusion rename the hard disk from Macintosh HD to something that is different to your current hard disk e.g. '106 Server HD'
  28. Remove unneeded server administration tools icons from the Dock
  29. Go to Apple menu > Software Update and install all available updates (there will be quite a lot of updates and the 10.6.8 server update is over 1GB in size so they could take some time to download/install)
  30. Keep going to Apple menu > Software Update and installing all available updates until there are no more updates to install
  31. NOTE: If you are going to install 10.6 Server on multiple Macs and you have control over the serial numbers you can now make a copy or clone of the virtual machine and simply change the serial number on each installation:
    • In Parallels 'Shut down' the virtual machine and choose shut down again to force the Mac to shut down if necessary
    • In the Finder go to the Parallels virtual machine folder (usually Macintosh HD > Users >your home directory > Documents > Parallels)
    • Copy/duplicate/archive the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine file (pvm)
    • Copy this file to the same place on additional Macs with Parallels as required (usually Macintosh HD > Users >your home directory > Documents > Parallels)
    • NOTE: On the Mac with a new installation, open Server Admin and go to Settings > General tab to change the serial number
    OR make a clone:
    • In Parallels go to Window menu > Virtual Machines List
    • Select the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine (don't open it or start it)
    • Go to File menu > Clone and make a clone of the virtual machine
    • Copy the clone to additional Macs with Parallels as required
    • NOTE: On the Mac with a new installation, open Server Admin and go to Settings > General tab to change the serial number
  32. Install your required Rosetta/PowerPC/10.6 compatible software
  33. Check the Mac OS X 10.6 Server Notes
  34. NOTE: You cannot drag and drop between the Mac OS X virtual environment and your normal Mac/primary OS but you can configure the Virtual Machine to have a shared folder with your primary OS though - go to Parallels, Virtual Machine menu > Configure… > Options > Sharing - for best security set 'Share Folders' to 'None', untick 'SmartMount' 'Map mac volumes to virtual Machine and click 'Custom Folders…' and add shared folder(s) as required e.g. use the dedicated Documents > '106SharedFolder' folder in your primary OS as per the preparation section above

VMWare Fusion

  1. Open VMWare Fusion
  2. Go to File menu > New
  3. At the 'Select the Installation Method' screen click on 'Install from disc or image' and click Continue
  4. Drag your Mac OS X 10.6 Server install DVD ISO image file to the area in the window and click Continue
  5. At the 'Choose Operating System' screen select Apple Mac OS X > Mac OS X Server 10.6
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  7. At the 'Virtual Machine Summary' click 'Customize Settings'
  8. Name your virtual machine e.g. 'Mac OS X 10.6 Server'
  9. Choose your required custom settings
  10. We recommend:
    • Processors & Memory > CPUs and Memory e.g. 2 CPUs and 4GB/4096MB RAM)
    • Hard Disk (SATA) > virtual machine drive size of 64GB
  11. Close the settings window and click 'Finish'
  12. Click the start button/triangle in the middle of the screen to begin installing Mac OS X
  13. The virtual machine will reboot to the OS X Server install disc (Apple logo + whirling wheel underneath)
  14. Follow the on screen instructions
  15. At the Install Mac OS X Server screen, click 'Customize…' in the bottom left and select custom options as required, specifically tick 'Rosetta' and 'QuickTime 7'. Only tick 'Langauge Translations' or 'X11' if you specifically need them otherwise you are just wasting space. No need to tick 'Printer Support' as it's a virtual environment and if drivers are needed OS X will automatically download and install the latest driver versions as required.
  16. After the installation completes and the virtual machine reboots please be patient, especially with any black screens - everything is slightly slower in a virtual environment
  17. At the Welcome screen follow the on screen instructions
  18. NOTE: If 10.6 Server needs to be installed on multiple Macs using different serial numbers that you have no control over make a copy or clone of the virtual machine before entering the serial number:
    • Go to Virtual Machine menu > Shut down and click the 'Shut Down' button
    • Quit VMWare Fusion
    • In the Finder go to the Fusion virtual machine folder (usually Macintosh HD > Users >your home directory > Documents > Virtual Machines)
    • Copy/duplicate/archive the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine file (pvm)
    • Copy this file to the same place on additional Macs with Fusion as required (usually Macintosh HD > Users >your home directory > Documents > Virtual Machines)
    OR make a clone:
    • If you have Fusion 'Professional', in Fusion select the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine from the Virtual Machine Library (you cannot create clones using the standard version of Fusion - use the copy method above instead)
    • Click Virtual Machine and select 'Create Full Clone'
    • Type a name for the clone e.g. 'Mac OS X 10.6 Server Clone' and click Save to make a clone of the virtual machine
    • The clone file is created in the Fusion Virtual Machines folder (usually Macintosh HD > Users >your home directory > Documents > Virtual Machines)
    • Copy the clone to additional Macs with Fusion as required
  19. Start up the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine again and complete the initial installation (and enter your serial number)
    • Set up as a new server
    • If you don't want to register at the registration page click inside the virtual machine and window and press (Apple+q) then click the 'Skip' button
    • At the Administrator Account screen untick 'Enable administrators to log in remotely using SSH' and 'Enable administrators to manage this server remotely' and create an admin account
    • At the Network screen select Ethernet on the left and on the right set 'Configure IPv4' to 'Using DHCP'
    • At the Network Names screen set 'Primary DNS Name' to 'my106server.private' and 'Computer Name' to 'my106server' (use different, identifiable names if you are installing on multiple Macs e.g. 106server01.private / 106server01, then 106server02.private / 106server02, and so on… - these can be changed later if required)
    • At the Users and Groups screen choose 'Configure Manually'
    • At the Connect to a Directory Server screen untick 'Connect to a Directory Server'
    • At the Directory Services screen untick 'Set up an Open Directory master'
    • Click 'Setup' and Mac OS X Server will configure itself
  20. Now the Finder will appear and the Server Admin application will open
  21. NOTE: Under Settings >
    • General tab you can change the serial number
    • Network tab you can change the Computer Name and/or Local Hostname
  22. Quit Server Admin
  23. Unmount the 'Mac OS X Server Install Disc'
  24. Go to Virtual Machine menu > Settings…
  25. Click on Network Adapter, make sure it is switched on then select 'Autodetect' under 'Bridged Networking'
  26. Close Settings window
  27. In your virtual Mac go to Apple menu > Location > Network Preferences
  28. Enter the same numbers for 'DNS Server:' as those on your actual Mac (Apple menu > Location > Network Preferences in your non-virtual, actual OS that is running)
  29. In your virtual Mac close Network Preferences
  30. Go to Virtual Machine menu > Update VMWare Tools
  31. Install VMWare Tools, following the on screen instructions and restart the virtual machine when complete
  32. Set the screen resolution as required
  33. Set your Finder > Preferences
  34. Move or delete the 'Mac OS X Server Next Steps.pdf' from the Desktop - you do not need to do any of this.
  35. To avoid confusion rename the hard disk from Macintosh HD to something that is different to your current hard disk e.g. '106 Server HD'
  36. Remove unneeded server administration tools icons from the Dock
  37. Go to Apple menu > Software Update and install all available updates (there will be quite a lot of updates and the 10.6.8 server update is over 1GB in size so they could take some time to download/install)
  38. Keep going to Apple menu > Software Update and installing all available updates until there are no more updates to install
  39. NOTE: If you are going to install 10.6 Server on multiple Macs and you have control over the serial numbers you can now make a copy or clone of the virtual machine and simply change the serial number on each installation:
    • Go to Virtual Machine menu > Shut down and click the 'Shut Down' button
    • Quit VMWare Fusion
    • In the Finder go to the Fusion virtual machine folder (usually Macintosh HD > Users >your home directory > Documents > Virtual Machines)
    • Copy/duplicate/archive the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine file (pvm)
    • Copy this file to the same place on additional Macs with Fusion as required (usually Macintosh HD > Users >your home directory > Documents > Virtual Machines)
    • NOTE: On the Mac with a new installation, open Server Admin and go to Settings > General tab to change the serial number
    OR make a clone:
    • If you have Fusion 'Professional', in Fusion select the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine from the Virtual Machine Library (you cannot create clones using the standard version of Fusion - use the copy method above instead)
    • Click Virtual Machine and select 'Create Full Clone'
    • Type a name for the clone e.g. 'Mac OS X 10.6 Server Clone' and click Save to make a clone of the virtual machine
    • The clone file is created in the Fusion Virtual Machines folder (usually Macintosh HD > Users >your home directory > Documents > Virtual Machines)
    • Copy the clone to additional Macs with Fusion as required
    • NOTE: On the Mac with a new installation, open Server Admin and go to Settings > General tab to change the serial number
  40. Install your required Rosetta/PowerPC/10.6 compatible software
  41. Check the Mac OS X 10.6 Server Notes
  42. NOTE: Although drag and drop (between the Mac OS X virtual environment and your normal Mac/primary OS) is enabled in the virtual machine settings by default it is not supported with Mac OS X 10.6 Server but you can configure the virtual machine to have a shared folder with your primary OS - go to Fusion, Virtual Machine menu > Settings… > Sharing and add shared folder(s) as required e.g. use the dedicated Documents > '106SharedFolder' folder in your primary OS as per the preparation section above

VirtualBox

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  1. Open VirtualBox
  2. Go to Machine menu > New
  3. Click on 'Expert Mode'
  4. Name your virtual machine e.g. 'Mac OS X 10.6 Server'
  5. Set 'Type' to 'Mac OS X'
  6. Set 'Version' to 'Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (64-bit)'
  7. Choose your required custom settings. We recommend:
    • Memory Size > 4096MB (4GB)
    • Hard Disk > 'Create a virtual hard disk now'
  8. Click 'Create'
  9. Set your virtual disk settings. We recommend:
    • File Size > at least 20GB
    • Hard disk file type > 'VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image)'
    • Storage on physical hard disk > 'Dynamically allocated'
  10. Click 'Create'
  11. Select the new virtual OS on the left and click 'Settings' at the top
  12. Set your virtual OS settings. We recommend:
    • Display > Screen > Video memory - the more memory assigned the higher the resolution available for the virtual environment e.g. set it to 128MB
    • Audio > UNTICK 'Enable Audio' - according to the VirtualBox forums it is best that audio is disabled
    • Shared Folders > add your dedicated shared folder e.g. in your Documents > '106SharedFolder' (as per the preparation section above)
  13. Click 'OK'
  14. Select your virtual OS on the left and click 'Start' at the top
  15. Click on the little 'Choose a virtual optical disk file…' yellow folder icon
  16. Locate your Mac OS X 10.6 Server install DVD ISO image file and 'Open' it
  17. Click 'Start'
  18. The virtual machine will reboot to the OS X Server install disc with lots of text on the screen - be patient until the installer language screen appears
  19. Follow the on screen instructions
  20. At the Install Mac OS X Server screen if the virtual hard disk is not present, go to Utilites menu > Disk Utility > select the virtual disk on the left > click 'Partition' on the right > name the drive something different to your main computer's hard disk e.g. '106 Server HD' > and partition the drive
  21. Quit Disk Utility
  22. At the Install Mac OS X Server screen, click 'Customize…' in the bottom left and select custom options as required, specifically tick 'Rosetta' and 'QuickTime 7'. Only tick 'Langauge Translations' or 'X11' if you specifically need them otherwise you are just wasting space. No need to tick 'Printer Support' as it's a virtual environment and if drivers are needed OS X will automatically download and install the latest driver versions as required.
  23. After the installation completes and the virtual machine reboots please be patient, especially with any black screens - everything is slightly slower in a virtual environment
  24. At the Welcome screen follow the on screen instructions
  25. NOTE: If 10.6 Server needs to be installed on multiple Macs using different serial numbers that you have no control over make a copy or clone of the virtual machine before entering the serial number:
    • In the VirtualBox virtual OS window click the red circle in the top left and select 'Power off the machine' to force the Mac to shut down
    • In the Finder go to the VirtualBox virtual machine folder (usually Macintosh HD > Users >your home directory > VirtualBox VMs)
    • Copy/duplicate/archive the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine folder
    • Copy this folder to the same place on additional Macs with VirtualBox as required (usually Macintosh HD > Users >your home directory > VirtualBox VMs)
    OR make a clone:
    • In the main VirtualBox window select the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine on the left (don't open it or start it)
    • Go to Machine menu > Clone… and make a clone of the virtual machine
    • Copy the clone to additional Macs with VirtualBox as required
  26. In the main VirtualBox window select the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine on the left and click 'Settings' > System > Motherboard
  27. Move 'Hard Disk' to the top of the 'Boot Order' list and UNTICK all other options
  28. Click 'Storage' and right click/control click on the Mac OS X 10.6 Server install DVD ISO image file in the 'Storage Tree' to select 'Remove Attachment'
  29. Click 'OK'
  30. Start up the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine again and complete the initial installation (and enter your serial number)
    • Set up as a new server
    • If you don't want to register at the registration page click inside the virtual machine and window and press (Apple+q) then click the 'Skip' button
    • At the Administrator Account screen untick 'Enable administrators to log in remotely using SSH' and 'Enable administrators to manage this server remotely' and create an admin account
    • At the Network screen select Ethernet on the left and on the right set 'Configure IPv4' to 'Using DHCP'
    • At the Network Names screen set 'Primary DNS Name' to 'my106server.private' and 'Computer Name' to 'my106server' (use different, identifiable names if you are installing on multiple Macs e.g. 106server01.private / 106server01, then 106server02.private / 106server02, and so on… - these can be changed later if required)
    • At the Users and Groups screen choose 'Configure Manually'
    • At the Connect to a Directory Server screen untick 'Connect to a Directory Server'
    • At the Directory Services screen untick 'Set up an Open Directory master'
    • Click 'Setup' and Mac OS X Server will configure itself
  31. Now the Finder will appear and the Server Admin application will open
  32. NOTE: Under Settings >
    • General tab you can change the serial number
    • Network tab you can change the Computer Name and/or Local Hostname
  33. Quit Server Admin
  34. If you want to add the virtual optical drive back to the VM in the main VirtualBox window select the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine on the left and click 'Settings' > Storage and add Optical Disc to the 'Storage Tree' with the 'Leave Empty' option
  35. Click 'OK'
  36. Set your Finder > Preferences
  37. Move or delete the 'Mac OS X Server Next Steps.pdf' from the Desktop - you do not need to do any of this.
  38. Remove unneeded server administration tools icons from the Dock
  39. Go to Apple menu > Software Update and install all available updates (there will be quite a lot of updates and the 10.6.8 server update is over 1GB in size so they could take some time to download/install)
  40. Keep going to Apple menu > Software Update and installing all available updates until there are no more updates to install
  41. NOTE: If you are going to install 10.6 Server on multiple Macs and you have control over the serial numbers you can now make a copy or clone of the virtual machine and simply change the serial number on each installation:
    • Select 'Shut Down' from the virtual machine Apple menu
    • In the Finder go to the VirtualBox virtual machine folder (usually Macintosh HD > Users >your home directory > VirtualBox VMs)
    • Copy/duplicate/archive the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine folder
    • Copy this folder to the same place on additional Macs with VirtualBox as required (usually Macintosh HD > Users >your home directory > VirtualBox VMs)
    OR make a clone:
    • In the main VirtualBox window select the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine on the left (don't open it or start it)
    • Go to Machine menu > Clone… and make a clone of the virtual machine
    • Copy the clone to additional Macs with VirtualBox as required
    • NOTE: On the Mac with a new installation, open Server Admin and go to Settings > General tab to change the serial number
  42. Install your required Rosetta/PowerPC/10.6 compatible software
  43. Check the Mac OS X 10.6 Server Notes
  44. NOTE: You cannot drag and drop between the Mac OS X virtual environment and your normal Mac/primary OS but you can configure the Virtual Machine to have a shared folder with your primary OS though - go to Settings > Shared Folders and add shared folder(s) as required e.g. use the dedicated Documents > '106SharedFolder' folder in your primary OS as per the preparation section above

Mac OS X 10.6 Server Notes

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Security Notes

Mac OS X 10.6 is no longer supported with security updates so be sure to follow our recommendations for securing older operating systems, specifically:
  • Don't use Apple Safari as it is no longer updated and thus it is not secure - use a supported web browser e.g. Roccat or TenFourFox
  • Don't use Apple Mail as it is no longer updated and thus it is not secure (unless you are running this virtual Mac specifically to run Eudora use a mail client in your primary OS instead)
  • Don't install unsupported web plug-ins and disable old plugins:
    1. Go to 106 Server HD (or whatever you have named the virtual hard disk) > Library
    2. If there is no folder named 'Internet Plug-Ins (Disabled)', create a new folder named that
    3. Open the 'Internet Plug-Ins' folder and move all the items in it to the 'Internet Plug-Ins (Disabled)' folder
    4. NOTE: To move the files you will need to authenticate as an administrator of the computer.
    5. Restart the virtual machine (go to Apple menu > Restart)

General Notes

  • As it is a server installation automatic login is off by default - you can turn it on in Apple menu > System Preferences > Accounts > Login Options > Automatic Login
  • There are extra folders on the root of the hard disk titled 'Groups' and 'Shared Items' - this is normal, you don't need to worry about them, but do not delete them.
  • There is an extra folder in Applications titled 'Server' - this is normal, you don't need to worry about it - it contains the server administrator software, but do not delete the folder/software.

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If you need to test a software on Mac OSX, and it is not justifiable for you to get a new Macbook, a good way is to install the Mac OSX as a virtual machine in your Windows (or Linux) based PC. Both the two popular virtual machine software – Virtualbox and VMware, support Mac OSX installation as a virtual guest, but in this article, we will deal with Virtualbox.

Why Virtualbox?

You may be wondering why you should choose VirtualBox instead of using VMware. Well, for one reason – you will save yourself a good bit of cash, since VMware can costs you a pretty penny, and VirtualBox is a free solution. Of course, free is not enough to make a product worth your while. It needs to have other traits, such as stability and a development team that support it with regular updates. VirtualBox provides you with both of these things, so you can use it with confidence that you will not end up with problems a year down the line.

What Do You Need On Your System

In order for this system to work, you need to have a setup that has either an Intel or AMD processor that is capable of supporting hardware virtualization.

What You Need to Do

First off, if you have not installed VirtualBox, now would be a really good time to get it. Go to Virtualbox website and download the installer for your OS. If you do not own a Snow Leopard disc, you might want to search for a OSX86 iso file and download it.

Step 1: Open the VirtualBox software and click the “New” button. This will launch the ”create a new VM” wizard tool which is designed to walk you through the setup.

Step 2: Give your new VM a name (I named it Mac OSX). Choose “Mac OS X” in the “Operating System” dropdown menu, and then select “Mac OS X Server” from Version dropdown menu, which you will find in the same area.

Step 3: Assign the amount of memory you want to allocate to the new operating system. The maximum in VirtualBox is 1500MB, but you will want to temper this figure based on what you need to do with the system, how much memory you have in total on the system, and the types of programs you intend to install on under the new OS.

Update: The maximum in VirtualBox is not 1500MB. You can allocate up to 2GB if you have enough memory in your system.

Mac Os X Snow Leopard Download

Step 4: Make a new hard drive for your VM. If you are not sure how much you need, choose the “Dynamic” option. This will allow the system to expand as your needs do. If you choose the “Static” option, be sure that you know what you need and allot accordingly. Then click on “Next” to finish up with the wizard.

Step 5: Click on “Settings” and then “System”. Uncheck the box next to the words “Enable EFI (special OSes only)”.

Step 6: Choose “Storage” from the menu on the left and choose the word “Empty”, you will see it under the OSX.vdi. You will see a folder with a green arrow. Click on it and a new window will open. Click on the plus sign. You will now be able to find the OSX86 iso that you downloaded earlier in this process. Once you have highlighted it, click on the “Select” button and then click on “OK”. Finally, click on the main start button to begin the process.

Step 7: When all of this is done the VM should start booting. You will be asked to select a language. Do that and click on “Next” then “Continue and Agree”. The next screen will show you the words choose the 20GB VBOX HARDDISK, and click on the “Erase” button.

Running Snow Leopard On Virtualbox

Step 8: Click on “Install” to begin your installation. When the installation is done click the Right-Ctrl key and unmount the CD/DVD drive for now. Then restart the VM. OSX should begin to boot.

There you have it Mac OS X Snow Leopard running in VirtualBox on your Windows-based machine.

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