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[Xen-API] Running OS X 10.8 as a guest in XCP

  • To: xen-api@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • From: Werner Strydom <werners@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2013 17:54:28 -0800
  • Delivery-date: Sun, 20 Jan 2013 01:54:48 +0000
  • List-id: User and development list for XCP and XAPI <xen-api.lists.xen.org>


I installed XCP using the ISO image on a Mac Mini without any problems other
than blessing the hard disk. The Mac Mini has a model identifier of
"macmini6,2". As I'm typing this, it runs Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows Server
2012 without any problems.

I wouldn't mind to spend some time to see if I can get OS X 10.8, OS X 10.7
and OS X 10.6 running. The fact that it is not supported isn't a problem. At 
this point I'm stuck with two issues:

- Boot OS X Mountain Lion from ISO inside XCP 

- Displaying graphics when OS X boots up

I converted the InstallESD.dmg to an ISO. However, creating a virtual 
machine in XCP and booting from the ISO I get an error "failure: could not 
read boot disk". I can use the same ISO to create OS X 10.8 virtual 
machines in ESXi, Parallels, VMware Fusion without much hassle. 

So I tried to boot from the USB recovery disk. This time I get a message
"Boot Device: Hard Drive - success", however, no graphics is displayed.  
Looking at CPU and network usage, something is happening in that CPU usage 
is 100% for a couple of minutes, and network usage indicates something is 
being downloaded.  This consistent with when the recovery agent is running 
on my Mac and preparing for recovery by downloading stuff from the 

>From what I'm gathering this may be related to support for EFI, but
I can't be sure.

Before we digress by discussing legal implications of doing this, 
I am running this on Apple hardware and have server licenses for 
OS X Snow Leopard.

I'd appreciate any help.


Werner Strydom

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