Virtualize OS X Leopard + Snow Leopard + Lion in VMWare Fusion 4.1

Monday, November 21, 2011
By OP Editor

VMWare Fusion can now created virtual machines of older Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6.

VMWare Fusion Mac OS X Leopard Virtual Machine

With OS X Lion earlier this year, Apple allowed both Server and non-server of Lion to run as virtual machines. Now even the older Mac OS X can be virtualized. MacWorld reports one major undocumented change of VMWare Fusion 4.1 update:

The software has been modified so that it will run the non-server versions of Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6) and Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5). Previously, VMware Fusion supported virtual Macs running Lion, Lion Server, Snow Leopard Server, and Leopard Server.

You need OS X Lion, Mac, and your install disk.

The ability to run multiple Mac OS X side by side with latest Lion will be great for developers, tech support professionals, and users of legacy software. VMWare Fusion can also run Windows XP, Vista, 7, etc on a Mac. It’s likely that competing software Parallels will follow suit with its own update that provides the same support.

Update: VMWare said it was a mistake an will “fix” with future update.

ObamaPacman: My MBP with SSD boots up Windows virtual machine faster (and is more responsive for office tasks) than most PCs.


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One Response to “Virtualize OS X Leopard + Snow Leopard + Lion in VMWare Fusion 4.1”

  1. Don

    Nifty I’ll admit, but I still prefer Parallels 7 to Fusion any old day.


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