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      • 60. Re: macOS Catalina VMs do not run in VMware Fusion 11.1.0
        briankendall Novice

        Thanks to bogdamn's latest instructions, I've managed to get both Catalina beta 6 and beta 7 working in Fusion without too much trouble. In case it's helpful for someone else, I'll outline what I did in this post.

         

        1. Download the latest Catalina beta installer and then create a Catalina installer disk image using the following steps. These are based on the instructions posted by bogdam on page 2:

         

        Open a terminal window and execute the following:

         

        mkdir ~/Desktop/Catalina

         

        cd ~/Desktop/Catalina

         

        hdiutil create catalina.dmg -size 7g -layout SPUD -fs HFS+J

         

        hdiutil attach catalina.dmg -noverify -mountpoint /Volumes/install_build

         

        sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Catalina\ Beta.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/install_build

         

        hdiutil detach /Volumes/Install\ macOS\ Catalina\ Beta

         

        (Change the path to "Install macOS Catalina Beta.app" as appropriate in case you don't have it in your Applications folder.)

         

        2. Create a new virtual machine using catalina.dmg as its install media.

         

        3. Select "Windows 10 x64" as the operating system

         

        4. Do not press "Finish" but instead "Customize Settings"

         

        5. Save your VM and configure it as needed. I usually increase the amount of memory. I've noticed some people report you need to change the keyboard profile to "Windows 10 Profile" otherwise your keyboard won't work. That doesn't seem to do anything for me. But I have found a way to get the keyboard working using a different method:

         

        6. Right click the .vmwarevm file you created and pick "Show Package Contents".

         

        7. Open the .vmx file inside of the package in a text editor like TextEdit.

         

        8. Add the following to the end of it and then save the file:

        usb.generic.allowHID = TRUE

         

        (This will allow you to connect your keyboard directly to the VM like any other USB device.)

         

        9. Start the VM. Sometimes I get an error on boot, in which case I shut it down and try again. Usually after the second or third try it boots.

         

        10. You should now be in the Recovery environment. Go through the steps to install macOS to Macintosh HD. It should start installing, reboot, and should then continue installing.

         

        11. After it finishes installing you will be back in the Recovery Environment again. This time use the menu bar to open Terminal. You may find that you cannot type anything into it. If so, pick the menu Virtual Machine > USB & Bluetooth > Connect [your keyboard here]

         

        NB: This will prevent your keyboard from working on your mac, so be careful! You'll need use of the mouse to get it back again. Alternatively you can use an extra USB keyboard to ensure you still have at least one working keyboard on your mac.

         

        You should now be able to type into the terminal window...

         

        12. Execute the following commands that bogdam posted just a few days ago:

         

        rm -r /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD/System/Library/PrelinkedKernels

         

        mkdir /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD/System/Library/PrelinkedKernels

         

        kextcache -c /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD/System/Library/PrelinkedKernels/prelinkedkernel -K /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD/System/Library/Kernels/kernel -l -- /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD/System/Library/Extensions /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD/System/Library/Extensions/IOACPIFamily.kext

         

        13. Shut down the VM

         

        14. Edit its settings again and under general change the virtual machine type to "macOS 10.14"

         

        15. Boot it up. You should now be in Catalina beta 7!

        • 61. Re: macOS Catalina VMs do not run in VMware Fusion 11.1.0
          gatetester Lurker

          When I began to install strange issue appears. No disk available. There's no problem when I install as usual without creating dmg.

          Screen Shot 2019-08-30 at 10.39.20 AM.png

          I solved this by changing SCSI to SATA and formatting it in DiskUtility, but there another problem after executing last kextcache command:

          Screen Shot 2019-08-30 at 4.18.53 PM.png

          After changing in general options to MacOS 10.14 system loading hangs:

          Screen Shot 2019-08-30 at 4.40.40 PM.png

          • 62. Re: macOS Catalina VMs do not run in VMware Fusion 11.1.0
            bogdam Novice

            @gatetester

            If you created the virtual machine as Windows 10 x64, probably VMware didn't format the disk. Either create a new machine as MacOS 10.14, start it once and then switch to Windows 10; or use Disk Utility in the existing virtual machine to format the disk for MacOS.

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            • 63. Re: macOS Catalina VMs do not run in VMware Fusion 11.1.0
              gatetester Lurker

              @bogdam

              Yes, I format the disk and macOS installed successfully, but new problem is with kextcache as I described above

              • 64. Re: macOS Catalina VMs do not run in VMware Fusion 11.1.0
                gatetester Lurker

                @bogdam

                Thanks. Selecting macOS 10.14 before creating VM helps.

                • 65. Re: macOS Catalina VMs do not run in VMware Fusion 11.1.0
                  abnielsen Lurker

                  For some reason I can't get the solution in #60 to work with Beta 7. After installation reboots I can boot in recovery mode, but Macintosh HD only contains "macOS Install Data"

                  All steps followed diligently.

                   

                  • 66. Re: macOS Catalina VMs do not run in VMware Fusion 11.1.0
                    abnielsen Lurker

                    Never mind! It seems the install crashed rather than completing - I assume it's because RAM was set to only 2Gb.

                    • 67. Re: macOS Catalina VMs do not run in VMware Fusion 11.1.0
                      l1am Lurker

                      Step (9) fails for me. I get "No operating system was found" error repeatedly. Any ideas?

                      • 68. Re: macOS Catalina VMs do not run in VMware Fusion 11.1.0
                        briankendall Novice

                        Has anyone managed to get Catalina beta 8 working?

                         

                        As usual I can't successfully upgrade my beta 7 guest systems using Apple's software update tool, and if I try the steps I posted above for installing it fresh, it fails when I try to boot the VM using the installation media I created.

                        • 69. Re: macOS Catalina VMs do not run in VMware Fusion 11.1.0
                          wila Guru
                          User ModeratorsvExpertCommunity Warriors

                          Hi,

                           

                          Thanks Briankendall (and bogdam and everybody else here). These are the best steps (post# 60) and they do work for beta8 as well.

                           

                          A few additional notes though.


                          Step 3. It is required to create the VM as macOS 10.14. Not just for auto-creating the disk, but also because it adds a few lines to the vmx that are required for a macOS VM. If you start out as a Windows 10 VM you'll get all the way to what user gatetester also reported... (the full progress bar and nothing more)

                          IOW, create the VM as a macOS VM, boot it so that the disk is auto-created a "Macintosh HD" install disk and then shut it down and change it to Windows 10 x64.

                           

                          Another note is that once you are at the step where you boot again into the recovery screen that your disk should have both a "Macintosh HD" and a "Macintosh HD - Data" partition.

                          Do not change the boot order of the VM to the CD/DVD as you'll end up booting into that again and again without the install finishing.

                           

                          Finally, the errors "Warning: OSKExtIsInExcludelist could not find com.apple.driver.KextExcludeList" are apparently expected and lots of them, let it run all the way through.

                           

                          --

                          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
                          • 70. Re: macOS Catalina VMs do not run in VMware Fusion 11.1.0
                            lundman Lurker

                            I followed the "I have had success creating a new Catalina VM with method 1 from How to get Catalina Beta 6 running on VMware Fusion 11.1.1" for Beta 8.

                             

                            Since I grabbed the Install-update the manual way, I had to create a .DMG of it before Installer would be happy to install. Then used Fusion to remove previous Beta3 boot disk, and left just Beta8 disk to boot.

                            • 71. Re: macOS Catalina VMs do not run in VMware Fusion 11.1.0
                              wila Guru
                              User ModeratorsvExpertCommunity Warriors

                              VMware Fusion 11.5 has been released and officially supports macOS 10.15.

                               

                              release notes:

                              VMware Fusion 11.5.0 Release Notes

                               

                              blog post:

                              VMware Fusion 11.5 Available Now! - VMware Fusion Blog - VMware Blogs

                               

                              download:

                              https://www.vmware.com/go/getfusion

                               

                              --

                              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
                              • 72. Re: macOS Catalina VMs do not run in VMware Fusion 11.1.0
                                Gideon007 Enthusiast

                                can't install Catalina in Fusion 11.5 ;(
                                It complains that it can't create the install medium...

                                • 73. Re: macOS Catalina VMs do not run in VMware Fusion 11.1.0
                                  wila Guru
                                  User ModeratorsvExpertCommunity Warriors

                                  Gideon007,

                                   

                                  Ugh!

                                  Can you open a new topic for this?

                                  Probably will get better exposure that way and hopefully have somebody from VMware to follow up with you on that.

                                   

                                  Haven't had the time to test myself yet (just got Catalina beta8 installed on Fusion 11.1.1 using the method described higher up)

                                   

                                  --

                                  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
                                  • 74. Re: macOS Catalina VMs do not run in VMware Fusion 11.1.0
                                    gatetester Lurker

                                    Successfully installs 10.15 beta 10 with latest Fusion 11.5.0 (14634996)