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13.03.2008 15:41


Today I did some further testing with my OSX installation. I now know how to input '<' and '>' (simply press the key labeled with '^' on your keyboard to get the '<', '' for getting the '>'. But more than this, I tried to install some software on top of this system.
Firstly, I wanted to give the 30-day trial of VMware Fusion a try. Installation went smoothly, application looks really nice (really maccy, though, but I got used to it quickly) but when I tried to import a virtual machine copied over from our ESX servers that didn't work. I haven't tried VMware workstation or Server by now, but I think that this won't work either as Fusion seems to have a different file format (let alone the extension which is .vmwarevm).
Exporting one of my VMs as virtual appliance did somehow not work on our ESX setup, but I can try this later on.
No problem, such a virtual machine is created in just a few seconds, I thought. Not having an installation CD at hand isn't a big problem as I'm able to install most operating systems here via our TFTP server, _BUT_: I need to press CTRL-ALT to activate the PXE menu and guess what? Right, VMware releases the input grab if you hit CTRL-ALT.
OK, I know this problem from the Windows versions of this software and clicked through all available buttons and configuration items looking for a place to change the keystroke for input release. Unfortunately, I haven't found it by now but I guess that's not my fault.
VMware Fusion smells like it would love to assist me in any possible way to get my virtualization thinggie done, f.ex. after having created a virtual machine you can't just power it on if you don't have a CD image or physical CD by hand. You need to say "No, thanks, I don't want to boot this VM right now", go into the settings, disconnect the CD-drive (now don't think that this will work, because the radio button down there is still on "use no CD-image" and although you disconnected the CD at all, Fusion complains about an invalid setting... grml) and boot the VM.

The next thing I tried to install was the A1 Mobile Connect Software for MacOSX which works a treat without any further hickups. More to come, tomorrow I'd like to install the Cisco VPN client as well as some other work-related software for testing purposes. I'll keep you updated :)
Comments added earlier to http://tuxx-home.at/archives/2008/03/13/T15_41_41/index.html:
Guest on 2008-03-18 13:59:49 wrote:
Hi Alex,

i'm using vmware fusion on my mac (macbook pro) for weeks. I copied some M$ and Linux images from my workstation 5 on linux and it worked fine. I only dragged the .vmx file into the vmware fusion window. Workstation 6 images may not work?

You're right, the keymappings on osx is strange, but with spending some minutes in keymapping you sould reassign them ;-)

Michael W.
Alexander Griesser on 2008-03-18 16:26:20 wrote:
As far as I understood, copying images from the Workstation line of products is supported, ESX Server VMs are currently not (or only with workarounds) supported as the hardware version is different from Fusion, etc. According to several posts in the VMware communities you should be able to export a VM using the OVMF or using VMware server as man in the middle which does the conversion to both worlds very well (untested!).

I still failed to find a suitable keymapping that would let me do productive work on my hackintosh's guest operating systems but that might be related to the fact that it's a hacki, not a maci. Maybe plugging in a real Apple keyboard solves these issues but I have no such keyboard at hand to try at the moment.

Maybe I'll bug you via mail about your keymapping settings ;)

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