Big Sur On Vmware Fusion

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Big Sur On Vmware Fusion

Greetings from CAPS TV. In this video, we will be showing you how to install macOS Big Sur on VMware Fusion.So stick around to know how to get it working,Thi. Oct 15, 2020 Okay, so. Testing Big Sur in a VM using VMware Fusion 12. We love to see it. But if you try to build a VM using the beta 9 full disk image it will fail stating that it is unable to create the installation medium. VMware is aware of this. The joy of Apple betas. Let's just dig into how to get this ball rolling. Nov 15, 2020 After my system upgraded to MacOS 11.0.1 (Big Sur), VMWare Fusion 12 guests could no longer get to the internet after a VPN session had been established on the host (for example, a Windows 7/8/10 guest hosted on my MacOS 11.0.1 machine). The guest can get to the internet via NAT, but once a VPN ses.

Ok.. I’m so ecstatic.. a quick blog post must be written…

The Product manager of VMware Fusion, Michael Roy, had a classic “One More Thing” item in his VMworld presentation. The presentation was “What’s New with VMware Workstation and VMware Fusion”.

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While running a Big Sur macOS guest, he showed “Metal Support” working without a hitch… Now we have been told for years that we cannot get 3D Acceleration in a macOS guest. Seeing this on the list of “things to come” was already pretty great. Something to look forward to.
During that same presentation he also showed the .vmx settings in order to get that working. Once the feature lands…

Who wants to wait?

So of course, immediately after the presentation I had to try. No matter that it is only supposed to be working in a future version of VMware Fusion 12.0.
After adding the .vmx settings from the presentation I got a “Invalid configuration” error (or something along those lines).
OK, sad panda.
But … silly me did not look at the vmware.log file. Today I was poking Michael a bit on twitter and asking about how well Metal works on Big Sur beta 9 and that it is “so hard to wait” and he tells me “but you can try it yourself already”… 😮

OMG.. that’s when I realized that I had missed a detail..

It’s all in the details

Also my host wasn’t running Big Sur yet (I had only run it in a VM)
… so… next hour or so I was frantically busy installing Big Sur Beta 9 on my 2014 Mac Mini and YES… IT DOES WORK and it is SOOOO SMOOTH

This is the best thing since sliced bread.


THANK YOU VMware Fusion team!

In summary

This is not an officially released feature, treat it what it is: Experimental
Required: minimum of macOS Big Sur as host OS
Required: minimum VMware Fusion 12.0
Guest OS support: minimum of macOS Big Sur as guest OS (earlier macOS versions are missing the GPU paravirtual kernel extension for this – AppleParavirtGPU.kext. Unless apple steps in here and releases that for earlier macOS versions, it likely isn’t coming to earlier guest OS’s)
You have to add the following lines to the .vmx file of your VM in order to test this:
svga.present='FALSE'
appleGPU0.present='TRUE'
appleGPU0.screen0.width = '1680'
appleGPU0.screen0.height = '1050'

To be honest I don’t even have the lines with width and height, but that’s how you can define that for now.
It will only get better from here on once it is officially supported.

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Update 2020/11/13: Another tip from Michael Roy (thanks Mike) is to update your VMware Tools to 11.2

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