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Install macOS Big Sur on Virtual Machines – VMware & VirtualBox

Install macOS Big Sur on Virtual Machines - VMware & VirtualBox

At the recent WWDC Conference 2020, Apple announced the latest version of its Mac operating system which called macOS Big Sur. This year Apple announced bundles of incredible technologies that comes to laptop, Apple Watch, Mobiles, OS, and the latest MacBook with M1 Chip processor. That Apple have selected its name as Apple Silicon Processor.

Now macOS Big Sur is not in Beta mode, because Apple released the latest version for the users. And finally, macOS Big Sur 11.1 is available at the App Store, if you are using macOS Catalina, macOS Mojave, on your Mac then easily you can upgrade it through the App Store.

On the other hand, if you are a Windows users who want to test macOS Big Sur alongside your Windows OS. Then you can install it through the virtualization world. Virtualization gives you the ability to test multiple operating systems on your Windows at the same time. Usually, there is two Virtualization software that is VMware & VirtualBox. This two Virtualization software gives you the handy features to test macOS Big Sur on your Windows PC.

Through this guide, I will show you how to install macOS Big Sur on Virtual machines – VMware & VirtualBox. We installed macOS Big Sur on VMware and installed macOS Big Sur on VirtualBox separately, but completing our experience in this article I will guide both processes in one article.

Note: If you didn’t enable the Virtualization Technology from the BIOS window then now restart your computer and press the BIOS key and enable it.

Install macOS Big Sur on Virtual Machines – VMware & VirtualBox

For installing macOS Big Sur on Virtual Machine you need to follow the below down guides which is important for the installation process.

  1. Download the required files
  2. Install the required files
  3. Create a New Virtual machine for macOS Big Sur on VMware & VirtualBox.
  4. Configure the Virtual Machines
  5. Start macOS Big Sur Installation
  6. Complete the Basic settings for the first use.
  7. Fix macOS Big Sur screen Resolution on VMware & VirtualBox.

#Download the Required Files

To start installing macOS Big Sur on Virtual machines then you have to download the required files. Once the required files downloaded you need to perform the installation for the further required.

  1. VMware Required Files
smbios.reflectHost = "TRUE"
hw.model = "MacBookPro14,3"
board-id = "Mac-551B86E5744E2388"
Smc.version = "0"

2. VirtualBox Required files

  • Download VirtualBox latest version
  • Download VirtualBox Extension pack
  • Download the codes
cd "C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\"
VBoxManage.exe modifyvm "VM Name" --cpuidset 00000001 000106e5 00100800 0098e3fd bfebfbff
VBoxManage setextradata "VM Name" "VBoxInternal/Devices/efi/0/Config/DmiSystemProduct" "iMac19,1"
VBoxManage setextradata "VM Name" "VBoxInternal/Devices/efi/0/Config/DmiSystemVersion" "1.0"
VBoxManage setextradata "VM Name" "VBoxInternal/Devices/efi/0/Config/DmiBoardProduct" "Mac-AA95B1DDAB278B95"
VBoxManage setextradata "VM Name" "VBoxInternal/Devices/smc/0/Config/DeviceKey" "ourhardworkbythesewordsguardedpleasedontsteal(c)AppleComputerInc"
VBoxManage setextradata "VM Name" "VBoxInternal/Devices/smc/0/Config/GetKeyFromRealSMC" 1

Install macOS Big Sur on VMware on Windows

When you have successfully installed the VMware Workstation on your Windows. So, you have to create a new Virtual machine for macOS Big Sur on the VMware platform, open-up the VMware and click on “Create a New Virtual Machine”.

Create a New Virtual Machine
Create a New Virtual Machine

Select Type (Recommend) then click next, select the option “I will install the operating system later” and click next.

Typical recommended
Typical recommended

Under the Guest operating system select “Apple Mac OS X” and under the Version section select “macOS 11.1” then click next. Under name type any name for macOS Big Sur then click next.

Select macOS
Select macOS

Choose the Maximum size disk for macOS Big Sur, then select “Store virtual disk as a single file” then click next. Once you get to the final window click on “Customize Hardware”.

Choose disk size
Choose disk size

When the settings window opened from the left-handed bar click on the “Hardware” tab, then under the “Device” select “Memory”, then increase the memory size. Select the “Processor” tab, and increase the number of processors.

Increase Memory and processor
Increase Memory and processor

Now select “CD/DVD (SATA)”, then click on “Use ISO Image file” and click on the “Browse” option. Once another window popped up choose the macOS Big Sur ISO file and click Open. At last click OK to make changes into virtual machine.

Insert macOS Big Sur ISO
Insert macOS Big Sur ISO

#Edit Vmx file

For configuring macOS Big Sur on VMware you need to edit small commands of the Vmx file on macOS Big Sur. For editing the Vmx file completely close the VMware Workstation from the background.

Quite VMware
Quite VMware

Now head over to the Virtual machines folder from the Documents, open up the macOS Big Sur file. Right-click on macOS Vmx file then Open With>Notepad.

Edit Vmx
Edit Vmx

Scroll down and paste the codes provided in the description section at the end of other commands and press Ctrl+S to save changes.

Edit Vmx
Edit Vmx

#Install macOS Big Sur

Once everything successfully cleared you have to install macOS Big Sur on VMware. So, open up the VMware Workstation select the created macOS Big Sur virtual machine, and click “Power on this virtual machine” to start the installation.

Start
Start

When the installation launched at the first window select your language and click on the Arrow key.

Select your language
Select your language

When you are in the recovery window select “Disk Utility” then click on continue.

Disk Utility
Disk Utility

Select the virtual machine disk from the left-handed menu, then click on “Erase” and Erase the disk according to the below down settings.

Erase
Erase

Once the disk successfully erased click on Done and close the disk utility.

Done
Done

Again in the recover window select “Install macOS” and click continue.

Install macOS
Install macOS

To set up the installation of macOS click continue.

Install macOS
Install macOS

Agree with the terms and conditions of macOS Big Sur.

Agree with terms and conditions
Agree with terms and conditions

Select the disk where you want to install macOS Big Sur and click continue.

Select the disk
Select the disk

Wait for the installation until it should be completed, once the installation completed the virtual machine will restart automatically.

Installing macOS
Installing macOS

When the virtual machine restarted after the installation, you need to complete some basic settings for the first use of macOS Big Sur on VMware.

macOS Big Sur on VMware
macOS Big Sur on VMware

Install macOS Big Sur on VirtualBox on Windows

Installing macOS Big Sur on VMware and VirtualBox is the same, but there are two different platforms. This means there are some changes while creating the virtual machine. So, for installing macOS Big Sur on VirtualBox you have to download the VirtualBox and install it on your Windows, and its extension pack which is required.

#Install Extension Pack

When the VirtualBox installed open up, then click on the “Preferences” option.

Preferences
Preferences

From the left-handed window click on the “Extensions” tab, from the extension window click on (+) option.

Add
Add

Select the Extension pack and click open.

Select Extension Pack
Select Extension Pack

Click on Install

Install
Install

Now scroll down then click on the “I Agree” button.

I agree
I agree

Automatically it will start the installation wait it will take few seconds.

Installing
Installing

Once the Extension pack successfully installed on VirtualBox click OK.

Installed
Installed

#Create a New Virtual Machine for macOS Big Sur on VirtualBox

When everything has done you need to create a new virtual machine for macOS Big Sur on VirtualBox for creating click on “New”.

Create a New Virtual Machine
Create a New Virtual Machine

Click on “Export Mode”, under name type macOS Big Sur, increase the memory size, select “Create a virtual hard disk” and click Create.

Create virtual machine
Create virtual machine

Increase the file size, select “VHD (Virtual Hard Disk), select “Dynamically allocated”, and click create.

File Size
File Size

Once the virtual machine created for better performance you need to edit some settings. So, select the virtual machine and click Settings.

Edit settings
Edit settings

When the settings window opened from the left-handed window select the “System” tab, increase the Memory size, uncheck the floppy disk. Navigate to the Processor tab and increase the Processor.

Uncheck Floppy
Uncheck Floppy

Select the Display tab and increase the Video Memory up to 128MB.

Increase Video Memory
Increase Video Memory

Select the Storage tab, click on Empty then click on the disk icon and click on “Choose/Create a virtual optical disk.

Insert Image file
Insert Image file

Click on add button then another window will open select the macOS Big Sur ISO image file and click open. Once the image inserted click choose.

Choose image
Choose image

Select the USB tab, then select (USB 3.0 (xHCI) Controller.

Select USB 3.0
Select USB 3.0

#Add codes to the Command Prompt

Once the virtual machine successfully created therefore for its configuration you need to add some codes into command prompt. You have to copy the above codes from the above description, then replace the VM Name with the name of created Virtual Machine. If you don’t know how to do it, then check the below down screenshot.

Replace VM Name
Replace VM Name

Once the codes successfully edited completely close the VirtualBox, then head over to the Windows start menu. Type there CMD right-click on that and Run As Administrator

Open cmd
Open cmd

Copy the first line of the command and paste into the command prompt and press the enter key. The select the rest of the commands and paste into the command prompt and press the enter key. Once the commands applied close the command prompt window.

Apply commands
Apply commands

#Install macOS Big Sur

When everything successfully done then you have to perform the macOS Big Sur installation on VirtualBox on Windows. Open-up the VirtualBox select the created virtual machine and press the start key to launch the installation process.

Start
Start

The procedure of installing macOS Big Sur on VMware & VirtualBox is the same. Due to that I didn’t take it important to provide you the screenshot of installing macOS Big Sur on VirtualBox. If you faced any kind of problem related to the installation of macOS Big Sur on VirtualBox then you may check out the above screenshots.

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