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New licensing prompt for Mac OS X virtual machines in VMware Fusion 4.1.0 (2009714)

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The article explains changes made in VMware Fusion 4.1.0 in the creation of Mac OS X virtual machines. An additional prompt, to confirm that you meet the licensing requirements, has been added.

For information about Mac OS X virtual machines in Fusion 4.1.1, see Upgrading from VMware Fusion 4.1.0 and unsupported versions of Mac OS X (2009990).


VMware Fusion 4.1.0 changes the behavior of the new virtual machine assistant when creating a Mac OS X virtual machine. Starting with Fusion 4.1.0, you are presented with an additional prompt to confirm that the operating system is licensed to run in a virtual machine.This additional prompt reminds you that installing Mac OS X in a virtual machine is subject to the license agreement that accompanies the Mac OS X software.

VMware recommends consulting the license agreement accompanying your Mac OS X software for the terms and conditions that apply. For more information, see the Apple license agreements at

Running Mac OS X client in a virtual machine requires Lion (purchased from the Mac App Store or a USB thumb drive). You should always ensure you remain in compliance with all applicable software license agreements.

Additional Information

VMware Fusion 4.1.0 incorrectly omitted the server edition check for Mac OS X guests. You should not rely on this behavior when updating to a newer version of Fusion. For more information, see Upgrading from VMware Fusion 4.1.0 and unsupported versions of Mac OS X (2009990).

For more information about creating OS X virtual machines, see Creating a virtual machine running Mac OS X Server (2005793).

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