Deploying and Installing VMware Fusion
- Select VMware Fusion from the Fleetsmith Catalog
- Add VMware Fusion to your target profile
- Allow a few minutes for VMware Fusion to download and install on your device
- On the device, open VMware Fusion
- Agree to the Terms & Conditions. When prompted for your license key, enter the key or select the trial version.
- Select which trial option you want.
Setting up your first Virtual Machine
- Visit the App Store and search for the most recent major macOS operating system. The first result should be macOS [Major Version Name], click View then on the app page click Get. This will open the Software Update panel on your device, making it look like you’re about to run an update, this is normal behavior and your machine will not actually update as long as you are on the most current macOS Version.
- Once you have downloaded the OS, open VMware Fusion again then select File > New from the menu bar.
- Select Install from disc or image. In the next window drag and drop macOS [Version] from your Applications folder in Finder into VMware Fusion.
- You will likely want to change the memory to 4GB. This can be done by selecting Customize Settings, selecting Processors & Memory then sliding the scale to 4096MB of memory. Note: If you receive an error stating “Unable to create the installation media” you will need to reboot your macOS device.
- After finalizing the settings it will then launch and begin the processes of setting up the machine itself, this is typical to standard macOS device behavior. You will need to install the macOS. If this will be a DEP machine scroll down to the section.
- Select your language, select Install macOS [X], Agree to Terms & Conditions, select Macintosh HD as the Hard Drive location to install. Allow 30-40 minutes for macOS installation to complete.
Installing VMware Tools (Optional)
- After setting up and launching your VM for the first time you may choose to install VMware Tools. This can be done by selecting Virtual Machine from the menu bar of your macOS device and selecting Install VMware Tools. This will cause a VMware Tools pop up to appear on the virtual machine after a few moments.
- After running installation you will be prompted to Open Security Preferences where you will need to unlock the preferences by clicking the lock in the lower left corner, then click the Allow button. After this return to the installation window and click Restart Now to reboot your machine and complete the installation.
Creating a Snapshot of Your VM
A snapshot is a point in time that you can revert your virtual machine to at any time. This will avoid having to do re-installations, un-installations of Fleetsmith, etc.
- After setting up your virtual machine and installing VMware Tools you’ll want to make a snapshot of your virtual machine. This can be done by selecting Virtual Machine from the menu bar, mousing over “Snapshots” and selecting Take Snapshot or using the keyboard command Shift + Cmd + S
You may want to edit the name of the snapshot by selecting Snapshots or pressing Cmd + S. You can edit the name by navigating to Virtual Machine > Get Info... then editing the top field.
Setting Up a DEP Virtual Machine
- Before installing the OS Shut down the VM. Locate the VM file on your computer. These will appear in “/users/[yourusename]/Virtual Machines/”. Right click the file and select Show Package Contents. Within the resulting window, locate a file with a .vmx extension (it will be named whatever you named the VM) and open it with a text editor. Add the following lines to the bottom, replacing [SERIAL] with the serial number of your DEP device:
serialNumber = "[SERIAL]"
hw.model = "MacBookAir7,2"