I recently purchased Fusion 10 to run Windows on my Mac, but I'm wondering if it is possible to install the non-server versions of Mac OSX Snow Leopard 10.6 or Mountain Lion 10.8 as guest VMs. If not, what is the oldest non-server MacOS that will install as a guest? The FAQ is not clear on that point. I have an old purchased Mac version of Adobe CS3 that I'd like to use that will not run on High Sierra without a lot of problems.
It's based on apple licensing requirements. 10.6 definitely requires the server version.
You're likely to have issues with CS3 in any case, as Fusion doesn't provide accelerated graphics capabilities or color management. You can get the photographer's edition of CC for about $10/month (photoshop and lightroom) that'll run natively.
I already have that plan for Lightroom and Photoshop, but there are a couple programs in the CS3 Suite that still do more than enough for what I need. For example I don’t use Illustrator or Acobat enough to justify paying for the new versions, so I may as well find a way to use the versions I already own.
Is there an issue with running JAVA runtime in a Mac guest OS? I can't find anything in the VM Fusion knowledge base.
I see that MacOS 10.8 Mountain Lion is still available from Apple. Perhaps I give that a try, though I'm not hopeful. I'm beginning to think that both CS3 and Java assume at least rudimentary 3D accelerated support to even begin the installation which doesn't seem possible in a Mac virtual machine. Or is it?