1 Reply Latest reply on Oct 13, 2017 10:22 AM by dlhotka

    VMWare Fusion 10, Attach physical APFS volume to Mac VM

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      VMWare Fusion 10.

      Host OS:  macOS 10.13 High Sierra

      Guest OS: macOS 10.13 High Sierra

       

      I've formatted my internal SSD on my MacBook Pro as APFS.  Using the "Add Volume" feature in Disk Utility, I can create as many volumes as I like and they all share the 2TB between them - feature of APFS in High Sierra.

       

      So I create a volume and then I follow instructions like these or one or two others that say the same thing:  HappyMac™ - VMware Fusion: Adding a raw physical disc

       

      Sadly it doesn't work.

       

      The disk identifier for the disk I want to add is disk1s1.  I name the vmdk file 'disk1s1-link.vmdk'.   I confirm that the volume in question's identifier is still disk1s1 and it is.  I try to start the VM and the first message I get is:

       

      File not found: disk1s1-link.vmdk

      This file is required to power on this virtual machine.  If this file was moved, specify the new location.

      [Cancel] [ Browse...]

       

      If I hit [Browse...] I navigate to the disk1s1-link.vmdk file and choose it.  That seems to get accepted. Then I get this message:

       

      Resource busy

      Cannot open the disco '<path>/disk1s1-link.vmdk' or one of the snapshot disks it depends on.

      Module 'Disk' power on failed.

      Failed to start the virtual machine.

      [OK]

       

      This happens whether the volume that the vmdk file points to is mounted or unmounted.

       

      I'm guessing this might just be that the 'vmware-rawdiskCreator create' and other stuff required to make all this work just isn't compatible with APFS yet... but is that really it?  Or am I actually doing something wrong?  Has anyone else had any success with this?

       

      I'd appreciate any help.  Thanks!