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Virtualising Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (Server)

Article ID = 114
Article Title = Virtualising Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (Server)
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 3rd February 2014
Article Last Updated = 18th October 2016
Article URL = http://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?114

Article Brief Description:
Instructions for installing, setting up and virtualising Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (Server) on a modern Mac so you can use Rosetta (PowerPC) based applications.

Virtualising Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server/Rosetta

The ability to virtualise Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard is important and very useful as it is the only way to use Rosetta (PowerPC) based applications on a modern Macintosh computer. MacStrategy presents a special guide to doing just this. You must virtualise Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server and not the client version. This is a legal requirement by Apple. You are legally allowed to virtualise the server version but not the normal, client version.

Virtualisation Software

  • Parallels Desktop [£64.99 inc VAT - 14 day free trial available]
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  • VMWare Fusion [approx. £50.00 ex VAT - 30 day free trial available]
  • Oracle VirtualBox [FREE - Open source under GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2]

Instructions

Some people have reported that if you have a very modern Macintosh computer (one released well after Mac OS X 10.6 existed) it is not easy/possible to install to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server in a virtual environment. We're looking into that and will update this article with more information when we have it. We'll test with other Macs as and when we can and update this article accordingly. For this article we have tested using the following Macs:
  • MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2011 model - MacBookPro8,2) [released after 10.6.3]
  • Mac mini (Late 2012 model - Macmini6,2) [released after 10.6.3]
If you do have an older Mac that should support Mac OS X 10.6 but get an error message along the lines of "Mac OS virtual machines can run only on computers having Mac OS X Leopard (version 10.5.1 or higher) or Mac OS X Tiger (version 10.4.11 or higher) installed" specifically listing "Problem ID: 397" then follow Parallel's instructions here and try again.

Preparation

NOTE: You will need a Mac with a physical, optical drive to create an ISO disk image of the Mac OS X 10.6 Server install DVD. This does not need to be the Mac you ultimately install the virtual machine on, you just need a Mac with an optical drive to create the ISO disk image of the Mac OS X 10.6 Server install DVD in the first place.
  • Obtain your preferred virtualisation software (see list above)
  • Obtain the Mac OS X 10.6 Server install disc:
    • If you don't have one, it is available by calling the Apple Store (in the UK 0800 048 0408) - you cannot buy it via the Apple online store
    • You need part number "MC588Z/A" which is specifically "Mac OS X 10.6.3 Snow Leopard Server Unlimited Clients Single Licence International" (£14.00 inc VAT in the UK) - not the normal client edition (part number MC573Z/A)
  • Create an ISO disk image of the Mac OS X 10.6 Server install DVD:
    1. Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility
    2. Insert your Mac OS X 10.6 Server install DVD
    3. In Disk Utility, in the top left, click on the icon for the optical drive not the indented line for the disc volume
    4. Go to File menu > New > Disk Image from device name, where device name is the OS name of your optical drive e.g. disk1
    5. In the save dialogue box enter a suitable filename e.g. "Mac OS X Server 10.6.3 ISO.dmg". Leave Image Format with the default setting of compressed.
    6. Wait for the image to be created and then eject the original DVD
    7. Archive/backup the "Mac OS X Server 10.6.3 ISO.dmg" disc image that you just created
  • Purchase/install/update your preferred virtualisation software
  • Make sure you have plenty of free hard disk space (a basic 10.6 Server install is about ~8.5GB before your own applications and you'll need at least twice that if you need to clone it for multiple installations), so we recommend at least 25GB of free space
  • Make sure your actual, physical Mac has a working internet connection e.g. use a web browser to go to http://www.apple.com and see if you can get a web page (an internet connection is required to validate the Mac OS X Server serial number)
  • Create a dedicated folder to share files/documents with the virtual environment e.g. in your Documents folder create a folder titled "106SharedFolder"
Instructions for installing Mac OS X 10.6 Server with:

Parallels Desktop v9 (or later) Instructions

  1. Open Parallels
  2. Go to File menu > New
  3. Click on "Install Windows or another OS from a DVD or image file" and click Continue
  4. Parallels Click on Install Windows or another OS from a DVD or image file and click Continue
  5. Click on "Image File"
  6. Parallels Click on Image File
  7. Drag your Mac OS X 10.6 Server install DVD ISO image file to the area in the window
  8. Parallels Drag your Mac OS X 10.6 Server install DVD ISO image file to the area in the window
  9. Click Continue to begin installing Mac OS X
  10. Name your virtual machine e.g. "Mac OS X 10.6 Server"
  11. Tick the "Customize settings before installation" option
  12. Parallels Tick the Customize settings before installation option
  13. Choose your required custom settings. We recommend:
    • General > CPUs and Memory e.g. 2 CPUs and 4GB RAM)
    • Options > Sharing - for best security set "Share Folders' to "None", untick 'SmartMount' "Map mac volumes to virtual Machine and click "Custom Folders…" and add your dedicated shared folder e.g. in your Documents > "106SharedFolder" (as per the preparation section above)
    • Hardware > Video > Video memory - the more memory assigned the higher the resolution available for the virtual environment
    • Hardware > Network 1 > Type > Bridged Network: "Built-in Ethernet" - the virtual environment will use your physical Mac's Ethernet network configuration
    • Security > Time Machine > Do not back up virtual machine
  14. Close settings window and click "Continue"
  15. Parallels Close settings window and click Continue
  16. The virtual machine will reboot to the OS X Server install disc (Apple logo + whirling wheel underneath)
  17. Follow the on screen instructions
  18. Parallels Mac OS X 10.6 Server install DVD boot
  19. At the Install Mac OS X Server screen, click "Customize…" in the bottom left and select custom options as required, specifically tick "Rosetta" and "QuickTime 7". Only tick "Langauge Translations" or "X11" if you specifically need them otherwise you are just wasting space. No need to tick "Printer Support" as it's a virtual environment and if drivers are needed OS X will automatically download and install the latest driver versions as required.
  20. Parallels Mac OS X 10.6 Server install customize options
  21. After the installation completes and the virtual machine reboots please be patient, especially with any black screens - everything is slightly slower in a virtual environment
  22. At the Welcome screen follow the on screen instructions
  23. NOTE: If 10.6 Server needs to be installed on multiple Macs using different serial numbers that you have no control over make a copy or clone of the virtual machine before entering the serial number:
    • In Parallels "Shut down" the virtual machine and choose shut down again to force the Mac to shut down if necessary
    • In the Finder go to the Parallels virtual machine folder (usually Macintosh HD > Users > your home directory > Documents > Parallels)
    • Copy/duplicate/archive the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine file (pvm)
    • Copy this file to the same place on additional Macs with Parallels as required (usually Macintosh HD > Users > your home directory > Documents > Parallels)
    OR make a clone:
    • In Parallels go to Window menu > Virtual Machines List
    • Select the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine (don't open it or start it)
    • Go to File menu > Clone and make a clone of the virtual machine
    • Copy the clone to additional Macs with Parallels as required
  24. Start up the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine again and complete the initial installation (and enter your serial number)
    • Set up as a new server
    • If you don't want to register at the registration page click inside the virtual machine and window and press (Apple+q) then click the "Skip" button
    • At the Administrator Account screen untick "Enable administrators to log in remotely using SSH" and "Enable administrators to manage this server remotely" and create an admin account
    • At the Network screen select Ethernet on the left and on the right set 'Configure IPv4' to "Using DHCP"
    • At the Network Names screen set 'Primary DNS Name' to "my106server.private" and 'Computer Name' to "my106server" (use different, identifiable names if you are installing on multiple Macs e.g. 106server01.private / 106server01, then 106server02.private / 106server02, and so on… - these can be changed later if required)
    • At the Users and Groups screen choose "Configure Manually"
    • At the Connect to a Directory Server screen untick "Connect to a Directory Server"
    • At the Directory Services screen untick "Set up an Open Directory master"
    • Click "Setup" and Mac OS X Server will configure itself
  25. Now the Finder will appear and the Server Admin application will open
  26. NOTE: Under Settings >
    • General tab you can change the serial number
    • Network tab you can change the Computer Name and/or Local Hostname
  27. Quit Server Admin
  28. Unmount the "Mac OS X Server Install Disc"
  29. Go to Virtual Machine menu > Install Parallels Tools…
  30. Install Parallels Tools, following the on screen instructions and restart the virtual machine when complete
  31. Set the screen resolution as required
  32. Set your Finder > Preferences
  33. Move or delete the "Mac OS X Server Next Steps.pdf" from the Desktop - you do not need to do any of this.
  34. To avoid confusion rename the hard disk from Macintosh HD to something that is different to your current hard disk e.g. "106 Server HD"
  35. Remove unneeded server administration tools icons from the Dock
  36. Go to Apple menu > Software Update and install all available updates (there will be quite a lot of updates and the 10.6.8 server update is over 1GB in size so they could take some time to download/install)
  37. Keep going to Apple menu > Software Update and installing all available updates until there are no more updates to install
  38. NOTE: If you are going to install 10.6 Server on multiple Macs and you have control over the serial numbers you can now make a copy or clone of the virtual machine and simply change the serial number on each installation:
    • In Parallels "Shut down" the virtual machine and choose shut down again to force the Mac to shut down if necessary
    • In the Finder go to the Parallels virtual machine folder (usually Macintosh HD > Users > your home directory > Documents > Parallels)
    • Copy/duplicate/archive the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine file (pvm)
    • Copy this file to the same place on additional Macs with Parallels as required (usually Macintosh HD > Users > your home directory > Documents > Parallels)
    • NOTE: On the Mac with a new installation, open Server Admin and go to Settings > General tab to change the serial number
    OR make a clone:
    • In Parallels go to Window menu > Virtual Machines List
    • Select the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine (don't open it or start it)
    • Go to File menu > Clone and make a clone of the virtual machine
    • Copy the clone to additional Macs with Parallels as required
    • NOTE: On the Mac with a new installation, open Server Admin and go to Settings > General tab to change the serial number
  39. Install your required Rosetta/PowerPC/10.6 compatible software
  40. Check the Mac OS X 10.6 Server Notes
  41. NOTE: You cannot drag and drop between the Mac OS X virtual environment and your normal Mac/primary OS but you can configure the Virtual Machine to have a shared folder with your primary OS though - go to Parallels, Virtual Machine menu > Configure… > Options > Sharing - for best security set "Share Folders' to "None", untick 'SmartMount' "Map mac volumes to virtual Machine and click "Custom Folders…" and add shared folder(s) as required e.g. use the dedicated Documents > "106SharedFolder" folder in your primary OS as per the preparation section above

VMWare Fusion

  1. Open VMWare Fusion
  2. Go to File menu > New
  3. At the 'Select the Installation Method' screen click on "Install from disc or image" and click Continue
  4. VMWare Fusion click on Install from disc or image and click Continue
  5. Drag your Mac OS X 10.6 Server install DVD ISO image file to the area in the window and click Continue
  6. VMWare Fusion Drag your Mac OS X 10.6 Server install DVD ISO image file to the area in the window
  7. At the 'Choose Operating System' screen select Apple Mac OS X > Mac OS X Server 10.6
  8. VMWare Fusion select Apple Mac OS X > Mac OS X Server 10.6
  9. At the 'Virtual Machine Summary' click "Customize Settings"
  10. VMWare Fusion customize settings
  11. Name your virtual machine e.g. "Mac OS X 10.6 Server"
  12. Choose your required custom settings
  13. VMWare Fusion Choose your required custom settings
  14. We recommend:
    • Processors & Memory > CPUs and Memory e.g. 2 CPUs and 4GB/4096MB RAM)
    • Hard Disk (SATA) > virtual machine drive size of 64GB
  15. Close the settings window and click "Finish"
  16. Click the start button/triangle in the middle of the screen to begin installing Mac OS X
  17. The virtual machine will reboot to the OS X Server install disc (Apple logo + whirling wheel underneath)
  18. Follow the on screen instructions
  19. VMWare Fusion Mac OS X 10.6 Server install DVD boot
  20. At the Install Mac OS X Server screen, click "Customize…" in the bottom left and select custom options as required, specifically tick "Rosetta" and "QuickTime 7". Only tick "Langauge Translations" or "X11" if you specifically need them otherwise you are just wasting space. No need to tick "Printer Support" as it's a virtual environment and if drivers are needed OS X will automatically download and install the latest driver versions as required.
  21. VMWare Fusion Mac OS X 10.6 Server install customize options
  22. After the installation completes and the virtual machine reboots please be patient, especially with any black screens - everything is slightly slower in a virtual environment
  23. At the Welcome screen follow the on screen instructions
  24. NOTE: If 10.6 Server needs to be installed on multiple Macs using different serial numbers that you have no control over make a copy or clone of the virtual machine before entering the serial number:
    • Go to Virtual Machine menu > Shut down and click the "Shut Down" button
    • Quit VMWare Fusion
    • In the Finder go to the Fusion virtual machine folder (usually Macintosh HD > Users > your home directory > Documents > Virtual Machines)
    • Copy/duplicate/archive the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine file (pvm)
    • Copy this file to the same place on additional Macs with Fusion as required (usually Macintosh HD > Users > your home directory > Documents > Virtual Machines)
    OR make a clone:
    • If you have Fusion "Professional", in Fusion select the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine from the Virtual Machine Library (you cannot create clones using the standard version of Fusion - use the copy method above instead)
    • Click Virtual Machine and select "Create Full Clone"
    • Type a name for the clone e.g. "Mac OS X 10.6 Server Clone" and click Save to make a clone of the virtual machine
    • The clone file is created in the Fusion Virtual Machines folder (usually Macintosh HD > Users > your home directory > Documents > Virtual Machines)
    • Copy the clone to additional Macs with Fusion as required
  25. Start up the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine again and complete the initial installation (and enter your serial number)
    • Set up as a new server
    • If you don't want to register at the registration page click inside the virtual machine and window and press (Apple+q) then click the "Skip" button
    • At the Administrator Account screen untick "Enable administrators to log in remotely using SSH" and "Enable administrators to manage this server remotely" and create an admin account
    • At the Network screen select Ethernet on the left and on the right set 'Configure IPv4' to "Using DHCP"
    • At the Network Names screen set 'Primary DNS Name' to "my106server.private" and 'Computer Name' to "my106server" (use different, identifiable names if you are installing on multiple Macs e.g. 106server01.private / 106server01, then 106server02.private / 106server02, and so on… - these can be changed later if required)
    • At the Users and Groups screen choose "Configure Manually"
    • At the Connect to a Directory Server screen untick "Connect to a Directory Server"
    • At the Directory Services screen untick "Set up an Open Directory master"
    • Click "Setup" and Mac OS X Server will configure itself
  26. Now the Finder will appear and the Server Admin application will open
  27. NOTE: Under Settings >
    • General tab you can change the serial number
    • Network tab you can change the Computer Name and/or Local Hostname
  28. Quit Server Admin
  29. Unmount the "Mac OS X Server Install Disc"
  30. Go to Virtual Machine menu > Settings…
  31. Click on Network Adapter, make sure it is switched on then select "Autodetect" under 'Bridged Networking'
  32. Close Settings window
  33. In your virtual Mac go to Apple menu > Location > Network Preferences
  34. Enter the same numbers for "DNS Server:" as those on your actual Mac (Apple menu > Location > Network Preferences in your non-virtual, actual OS that is running)
  35. In your virtual Mac close Network Preferences
  36. Go to Virtual Machine menu > Update VMWare Tools
  37. Install VMWare Tools, following the on screen instructions and restart the virtual machine when complete
  38. Set the screen resolution as required
  39. Set your Finder > Preferences
  40. Move or delete the "Mac OS X Server Next Steps.pdf" from the Desktop - you do not need to do any of this.
  41. To avoid confusion rename the hard disk from Macintosh HD to something that is different to your current hard disk e.g. "106 Server HD"
  42. Remove unneeded server administration tools icons from the Dock
  43. Go to Apple menu > Software Update and install all available updates (there will be quite a lot of updates and the 10.6.8 server update is over 1GB in size so they could take some time to download/install)
  44. Keep going to Apple menu > Software Update and installing all available updates until there are no more updates to install
  45. NOTE: If you are going to install 10.6 Server on multiple Macs and you have control over the serial numbers you can now make a copy or clone of the virtual machine and simply change the serial number on each installation:
    • Go to Virtual Machine menu > Shut down and click the "Shut Down" button
    • Quit VMWare Fusion
    • In the Finder go to the Fusion virtual machine folder (usually Macintosh HD > Users > your home directory > Documents > Virtual Machines)
    • Copy/duplicate/archive the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine file (pvm)
    • Copy this file to the same place on additional Macs with Fusion as required (usually Macintosh HD > Users > your home directory > Documents > Virtual Machines)
    • NOTE: On the Mac with a new installation, open Server Admin and go to Settings > General tab to change the serial number
    OR make a clone:
    • If you have Fusion "Professional", in Fusion select the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine from the Virtual Machine Library (you cannot create clones using the standard version of Fusion - use the copy method above instead)
    • Click Virtual Machine and select "Create Full Clone"
    • Type a name for the clone e.g. "Mac OS X 10.6 Server Clone" and click Save to make a clone of the virtual machine
    • The clone file is created in the Fusion Virtual Machines folder (usually Macintosh HD > Users > your home directory > Documents > Virtual Machines)
    • Copy the clone to additional Macs with Fusion as required
    • NOTE: On the Mac with a new installation, open Server Admin and go to Settings > General tab to change the serial number
  46. Install your required Rosetta/PowerPC/10.6 compatible software
  47. Check the Mac OS X 10.6 Server Notes
  48. NOTE: Although drag and drop (between the Mac OS X virtual environment and your normal Mac/primary OS) is enabled in the virtual machine settings by default it is not supported with Mac OS X 10.6 Server but you can configure the virtual machine to have a shared folder with your primary OS - go to Fusion, Virtual Machine menu > Settings… > Sharing and add shared folder(s) as required e.g. use the dedicated Documents > "106SharedFolder" folder in your primary OS as per the preparation section above

VirtualBox

  1. Open VirtualBox
  2. Go to Machine menu > New
  3. Click on "Expert Mode"
  4. VirtualBox expert mode
  5. Name your virtual machine e.g. "Mac OS X 10.6 Server"
  6. Set 'Type' to "Mac OS X"
  7. Set 'Version' to "Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (64-bit)"
  8. Choose your required custom settings. We recommend:
    • Memory Size > 4096MB (4GB)
    • Hard Disk > "Create a virtual hard disk now"
  9. Click "Create"
  10. Set your virtual disk settings. We recommend:
    • File Size > at least 20GB
    • Hard disk file type > "VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image)"
    • Storage on physical hard disk > "Dynamically allocated"
  11. Click "Create"
  12. VirtualBox settings
  13. Select the new virtual OS on the left and click "Settings" at the top
  14. Set your virtual OS settings. We recommend:
    • Display > Screen > Video memory - the more memory assigned the higher the resolution available for the virtual environment e.g. set it to 128MB
    • Audio > UNTICK "Enable Audio" - according to the VirtualBox forums it is best that audio is disabled
    • Shared Folders > add your dedicated shared folder e.g. in your Documents > "106SharedFolder" (as per the preparation section above)
  15. Click "OK"
  16. Select your virtual OS on the left and click "Start" at the top
  17. Click on the little "Choose a virtual optical disk file…" yellow folder icon
  18. Locate your Mac OS X 10.6 Server install DVD ISO image file and "Open" it
  19. VirtualBox Mac OS X 10.6 Server install DVD ISO image file selected
  20. Click "Start"
  21. The virtual machine will reboot to the OS X Server install disc with lots of text on the screen - be patient until the installer language screen appears
  22. VirtualBox Mac OS X 10.6 Server install DVD boot
  23. Follow the on screen instructions
  24. At the Install Mac OS X Server screen if the virtual hard disk is not present, go to Utilites menu > Disk Utility > select the virtual disk on the left > click "Partition" on the right > name the drive something different to your main computer's hard disk e.g. "106 Server HD" > and partition the drive
  25. VirtualBox partition virtual drive
  26. Quit Disk Utility
  27. At the Install Mac OS X Server screen, click "Customize…" in the bottom left and select custom options as required, specifically tick "Rosetta" and "QuickTime 7". Only tick "Langauge Translations" or "X11" if you specifically need them otherwise you are just wasting space. No need to tick "Printer Support" as it's a virtual environment and if drivers are needed OS X will automatically download and install the latest driver versions as required.
  28. VirtualBox Mac OS X 10.6 Server install customize options
  29. After the installation completes and the virtual machine reboots please be patient, especially with any black screens - everything is slightly slower in a virtual environment
  30. At the Welcome screen follow the on screen instructions
  31. NOTE: If 10.6 Server needs to be installed on multiple Macs using different serial numbers that you have no control over make a copy or clone of the virtual machine before entering the serial number:
    • In the VirtualBox virtual OS window click the red circle in the top left and select "Power off the machine" to force the Mac to shut down
    • In the Finder go to the VirtualBox virtual machine folder (usually Macintosh HD > Users > your home directory > VirtualBox VMs)
    • Copy/duplicate/archive the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine folder
    • Copy this folder to the same place on additional Macs with VirtualBox as required (usually Macintosh HD > Users > your home directory > VirtualBox VMs)
    OR make a clone:
    • In the main VirtualBox window select the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine on the left (don't open it or start it)
    • Go to Machine menu > Clone… and make a clone of the virtual machine
    • Copy the clone to additional Macs with VirtualBox as required
  32. In the main VirtualBox window select the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine on the left and click "Settings" > System > Motherboard
  33. VirtualBox change boot order
  34. Move "Hard Disk" to the top of the 'Boot Order' list and UNTICK all other options
  35. Click "Storage" and right click/control click on the Mac OS X 10.6 Server install DVD ISO image file in the 'Storage Tree' to select "Remove Attachment"
  36. Click "OK"
  37. Start up the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine again and complete the initial installation (and enter your serial number)
    • Set up as a new server
    • If you don't want to register at the registration page click inside the virtual machine and window and press (Apple+q) then click the "Skip" button
    • At the Administrator Account screen untick "Enable administrators to log in remotely using SSH" and "Enable administrators to manage this server remotely" and create an admin account
    • At the Network screen select Ethernet on the left and on the right set 'Configure IPv4' to "Using DHCP"
    • At the Network Names screen set 'Primary DNS Name' to "my106server.private" and 'Computer Name' to "my106server" (use different, identifiable names if you are installing on multiple Macs e.g. 106server01.private / 106server01, then 106server02.private / 106server02, and so on… - these can be changed later if required)
    • At the Users and Groups screen choose "Configure Manually"
    • At the Connect to a Directory Server screen untick "Connect to a Directory Server"
    • At the Directory Services screen untick "Set up an Open Directory master"
    • Click "Setup" and Mac OS X Server will configure itself
  38. Now the Finder will appear and the Server Admin application will open
  39. NOTE: Under Settings >
    • General tab you can change the serial number
    • Network tab you can change the Computer Name and/or Local Hostname
  40. Quit Server Admin
  41. If you want to add the virtual optical drive back to the VM in the main VirtualBox window select the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine on the left and click "Settings" > Storage and add Optical Disc to the 'Storage Tree' with the "Leave Empty" option
  42. Click "OK"
  43. Set your Finder > Preferences
  44. Move or delete the "Mac OS X Server Next Steps.pdf" from the Desktop - you do not need to do any of this.
  45. Remove unneeded server administration tools icons from the Dock
  46. Go to Apple menu > Software Update and install all available updates (there will be quite a lot of updates and the 10.6.8 server update is over 1GB in size so they could take some time to download/install)
  47. Keep going to Apple menu > Software Update and installing all available updates until there are no more updates to install
  48. NOTE: If you are going to install 10.6 Server on multiple Macs and you have control over the serial numbers you can now make a copy or clone of the virtual machine and simply change the serial number on each installation:
    • Select "Shut Down" from the virtual machine Apple menu
    • In the Finder go to the VirtualBox virtual machine folder (usually Macintosh HD > Users > your home directory > VirtualBox VMs)
    • Copy/duplicate/archive the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine folder
    • Copy this folder to the same place on additional Macs with VirtualBox as required (usually Macintosh HD > Users > your home directory > VirtualBox VMs)
    OR make a clone:
    • In the main VirtualBox window select the Mac OS X 10.6 Server virtual machine on the left (don't open it or start it)
    • Go to Machine menu > Clone… and make a clone of the virtual machine
    • Copy the clone to additional Macs with VirtualBox as required
    • NOTE: On the Mac with a new installation, open Server Admin and go to Settings > General tab to change the serial number
  49. Install your required Rosetta/PowerPC/10.6 compatible software
  50. Check the Mac OS X 10.6 Server Notes
  51. NOTE: You cannot drag and drop between the Mac OS X virtual environment and your normal Mac/primary OS but you can configure the Virtual Machine to have a shared folder with your primary OS though - go to Settings > Shared Folders and add shared folder(s) as required e.g. use the dedicated Documents > "106SharedFolder" folder in your primary OS as per the preparation section above

Mac OS X 10.6 Server Notes

Security Notes

Mac OS X 10.6 is no longer supported with security updates so be sure to follow our recommendations for securing older operating systems, specifically:
  • Disable Java
  • Don't use Apple Safari as it is no longer updated and thus it is not secure (use a supported web browser e.g. Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) - supported until mid-2017)
  • Don't use Apple Mail as it is no longer updated and thus it is not secure (unless you are running this virtual Mac specifically to run Eudora use a mail client in your primary OS instead)
  • Don't install unsupported web plug-ins and disable old plugins:
    1. Go to 106 Server HD (or whatever you have named the virtual hard disk) > Library
    2. If there is no folder named "Internet Plug-Ins (Disabled)", create a new folder named that
    3. Open the "Internet Plug-Ins" folder and move all the items in it to the "Internet Plug-Ins (Disabled)" folder
    4. NOTE: To move the files you will need to authenticate as an administrator of the computer.
    5. Restart the virtual machine (go to Apple menu > Restart)

General Notes

  • As it is a server installation automatic login is off by default - you can turn it on in Apple menu > System Preferences > Accounts > Login Options > Automatic Login
  • There are extra folders on the root of the hard disk titled "Groups" and "Shared Items" - this is normal, you don't need to worry about them, but do not delete them.
  • There is an extra folder in Applications titled "Server" - this is normal, you don't need to worry about it - it contains the server administrator software, but do not delete the folder/software.

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