- version 1.0 (Dec2010)
- Initial Release of the Step-by-Step for Virtualizing Snow Leopard under VirtualBox v4.0.0.
Support of Mac OS X guest was first added in VirtualBox v3.2.0 and setting up a Snow Leopard virtual machine is easier than before.
Now, with the release of VirtualBox v4.0.0, the support for Mac OS X is further improved and the installation process is further simplified!
Theoretically, virtualization product should provide us with an environment to run the guest OS. However, practically, this is not the case. For your reference, I am using the following environment:
- Intel iCore5-750 system
You need to have an Intel Processor with VT-x (Virtualization Technology) or AMD Processor with AMD-V.
- Windows 7 (64-bit)
By no means this is the only hardware and software configuration that allows you to run Mac OS X guest under VB. I just want to point out this so that in case of any unexpected errors and differences, at least we need to check if these are caused by the differences in hardware and software used.
The major issue that would make a difference in the installation is the CPU type. While Apple's hardware is using Intel CPU, it is natural that the installation would be less troublesome. If you owns an AMD machine, you may make references to the following articles in the Troubleshooting & FAQ session:
Before You Start
Before you start, make sure you have the followings ready:
- VirtualBox v4.0.0 installed
At the time of writing this doc, VirtualBox v4.0.0 is still in beta 2 stage.
- Snow Leopard (SL) Retail Disc
I am using disc for 10.6.3.
- Empire EFI
I am using empireEFIv1085.iso.
For details, please refer to this page.
Overview of the Installation Process
The installation process can be divided into 4 parts:
- Creating a virtual machine and hard disk
- Fine Tuning the virtual machine settings
- Installing Snow Leopard
- Post-Installation Steps
You can continue reading the guide by click the Next button at the bottom of the page.
Or the Complete Guide.