6 Replies Latest reply on Dec 15, 2019 2:28 PM by wila

    unable to install MacOS Sierra in VM

    TECH198 Enthusiast

      Hi all... This is the second time i've grabbed this from the Mac App Store, as the first time, i was the installer was corrupted, but now it's happened a second time, it must be VMWare 8.5 issue or someting:

       

      The problem is I cannot install MacOS Sierra in Virtual machine in 8.5 Fusion

       

      This is all I get after i click on "Reinstall OS X" in OS X Utilities:

       

      Screen Shot 2017-02-19 at 10.08.52 am.png

       

      Actually , the first time it doesn't do anything.. "Continue" becomes inactive when clicked, but the above is a result of doing something else first, like bring up Terminal,, going back and trying again..

       

      This is from Power on.. I know it's not damaged because i only just downloaded it from the App Store.

        • 1. Re: unable to install MacOS Sierra in VM
          wila Guru
          User ModeratorsvExpertCommunity Warriors

          Hi,

           

          Note that it is macOS telling you the image is damaged not VMware Fusion.

           

          I know it's not damaged because i only just downloaded it from the App Store

          That's not how it works.

          Downloading something fresh from the internet does not guarantee it has no flaws, there certainly can be bit flips in your download and downloading the same files again can get you the same corrupted files again.

          This is also why many big download files show SHA1 hashes or md5sums, so that you can verify that the download is correct.

           

          The HTTP protocol does not guarantee anything, besides there are many other reasons why it can happen, for example due to faulty hardware.

           

          See also:

          http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/44135-42-files-download-corrupt

           

          The following link has more info on how-to fix this for mac app store downloads:

          https://www.cnet.com/news/fix-corrupt-mac-app-store-downloads/

           

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          Wil

          | Author of Vimalin. The virtual machine Backup app for VMware Desktop Products
          | Vimalin : Automated backups for VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation Professional
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          • 2. Re: unable to install MacOS Sierra in VM
            dariusd Virtuoso
            User ModeratorsVMware Employees

            A random thought: In addition to a simply corrupted download (as Wil pointed out), I've seen this particular error message occur when the Install macOS Sierra.app is downloaded from the App Store and is then copied to a server which does not support all of the extended attributes and features used by the installer package (i.e. a NAS, a SMB file share, or a non-HFS+ filesystem).  There's some information that gets lost along the way, and the installer fails as a result.

             

            Are you doing anything to the application bundle in between downloading it from the App Store and attempting to create the virtual machine?  If so, try downloading it again and directly using the resulting /Applications/Install macOS Sierra.app without moving/copying the application to another location.

             

            Cheers,

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            Darius

            • 3. Re: unable to install MacOS Sierra in VM
              phkc070408 Lurker

              I think Dariusd is onto something.

               

              I'm unable to install this now that I've upgraded my Mac to Catalina and my VM Ware Fusion to 10.5.  I had no problem when using VM Ware 8.5.10 and Mac OS Mojove.

               

              As a test, I just tried to install the same MacOS file on a machine I have that is still running Mojove and VM Ware Fusion 8.5.10 and the file installs flawlessly.

               

              Has anyone been able to figure this out?

              • 4. Re: unable to install MacOS Sierra in VM
                dlhotka Virtuoso

                Fusion 10.5 isn't supported on Catalina.  Upgrade to 11.5.1.

                • 5. Re: unable to install MacOS Sierra in VM
                  TECH198 Enthusiast

                  If an installer says it can't be verified or was signed with a certificate that has expired - Apple Support

                   

                  This.. I found.

                   

                  Seems Apple's re-released  these. as .dmg image (.pkg install). However that's not gonna help me much in Fusion clean install.

                   

                  I think for now i'll just stick to installing Yosemite in VM, then using App store to download any previous versions  purchased


                  wila - Its "optional" for users to check md5 hashes. not a requirement. I took this  as "ANY large download will ALWAYS be corrupted which is why they provide you with checksum so user can verify"

                   

                   

                  to which i would say, is not tied. It may be a coincidence the 1st time, possibly 2nd time as well... But if it becomes too much, then that says there is more than a 'coincidental issue' on the file, not the protocol..

                   

                  i.e downloading via Firefox may give you a corrupted file, but downloading the same file again using Chrome gives you "ok"

                  • 6. Re: unable to install MacOS Sierra in VM
                    wila Guru
                    Community WarriorsUser ModeratorsvExpert

                    Hi,

                     

                    Yes optional it is, but if you have a problem then this is one of the standard steps of troubleshooting.

                     

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                    Wil

                    | Author of Vimalin. The virtual machine Backup app for VMware Desktop Products
                    | Vimalin : Automated backups for VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation Professional
                    | More info at https://www.vimalin.com
                    | Twitter @wilva
                    | VMware Wiki at http://www.vi-toolkit.com