Installing or restarting Mac OS X virtual machine in ESXi or VMware Workstation fails with the error: [msg.cpuid.darwinWithBT] Mac OS X is not supported with software virtualization
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Installing or restarting Mac OS X virtual machine in ESXi or VMware Workstation fails with the error: [msg.cpuid.darwinWithBT] Mac OS X is not supported with software virtualization

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Article ID: 328861

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Products

VMware Desktop Hypervisor VMware vSphere ESXi

Issue/Introduction

Symptoms:
  • Cannot install or restart Mac OS X virtual machine in ESXi or VMware Workstation
  • Installing or restarting Mac OS X virtual machine in ESXi or VMware Workstation fails
  • You see an error similar to:

    [msg.cpuid.darwinWithBT] Mac OS X is not supported with software virtualization. To run Mac OS X you need a host on which VMware Workstation supports hardware virtualization.


Environment

VMware Workstation 8.x (Linux)
VMware vSphere ESXi 5.0
VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5
VMware vSphere ESXi 5.1
VMware Workstation 9.x (Windows)
VMware vSphere ESXi 6.0
VMware Workstation 8.x (Windows)
VMware Workstation 9.x (Linux)

Cause

This issue occurs because Mac OS X can only be installed in a Mac machine.

Resolution

To work around this issue, enable hardware virtualization in the BIOS setup if the host supports hardware virtualizatin (VT-x / AMD-V).

Note: Mac OS X cannot be installed on the virtual platform when the host does not support hardware virtualization.

To resolve this issue:
  1. Enable hardware virtualization in BIOS setup. For more information, see Ensuring Virtualization Technology is enabled on your VMware host (1003944).
  2. Change the virtual CPU execute mode to hardware virtualization. For more information, see Changing the virtual machine monitor mode (1036775).
For more information on installing Mac OS X, see the Guest Operating System Installation Guide.
Note: Ensure your physical system is an Apple-labeled computer, so that you can install or run OS X 10.8, OS X 10.9, or OS X 10.10 in a virtual machine.


Additional Information

Ensuring Virtualization Technology is enabled on your VMware host
Changing the virtual machine monitor mode
ESXi または VMware Workstation に Mac OS X 仮想マシンをインストールするか、再起動すると、次のエラーで失敗する:[msg.cpuid.darwinWithBT] Mac OS X はソフトウェア仮想化でサポートされていません
在 ESXi 或 VMware Workstation 中安装或重新启动 Mac OS X 虚拟机失败,并显示以下错误:[msg.cpuid.darwinWithBT] 软件虚拟化不支持 Mac OS X