OS X on vSphere 5 – Myth busted

So after all the licensing fuss, I was finally able to get my vSphere 5 lab started. I have been reading about what this puppy has in store. So far, I have a simple setup of 2 hosts (of course both virtual running on vSphere 4.1) running vSphere 5. One of the things that I was really looking forward to was the ability to run OS X on vSphere and my day got even better once I saw the following screen in the new VM creation wizard in vCenter 5.

So of course like anyone else, I emailed a couple of people whom I thought would look forward to this. I forgot everything else like SDRS, FDM, Datastore heartbeat and what not and all I wanted to do was run OS X in vSphere. So I quickly created a VM, mounted my 10.6 ISO (10.7 just sucks for me right now), got some snacks and powered on the VM to witness history. This is what happened.

Turns out VMware may have added OS X to the list, that hasn’t changed Apple’s EULA. You are still required to use an Apple hardware in order to virtualize OS X. And in order to keep Apple happy, VMware has also added a SMC check prior to starting a VM. When during a check if it is assessed that your host is not running an Apple hardware, then guess what, you will get the same message that I got. I am sure VMware must not have been too fond of putting this check, but who wants to make Apple upset in 2011 right?

If you go to https://address-of-your-host/?moid=ha-host&doPath=hardware, you can then quickly find if your host will pass the SMC check or not. Notice mine failed in the screenshot below. Of course I am not running an Apple hardware for my lab either. If your check says “true” then you are in luck.

So yeah this is a bit disappointing for two reasons. Apple has discontinued XServe which leaves you with Mac mini and Mac pro. I dont think that either one of these two are in the vSphere HCL but folks have been able to get vSphere to run on them. This basically means, no body in their right mind would run OS X on vSphere 5 in a production environment. Why Apple? Why? In my opinion, if Apple claims to be a software company, they should not force one to use any specific hardware. I am sure VMware could care less.

In the end, though this was a bit disappointing, there is so much more to look forward to with vSphere 5. Now that I have my lab started, its only a matter of time before I start liking all the things it has to offer. As mad as I am at Apple for this blunder, I must point out that I am using  my favorite macbook pro to type this post.

Apple enters the cloud world

Though I try to stay away from posting about Apple news but today Apple officially entered the cloud arena. So I thought it would be worth mentioning. To put it in simple words, with iCloud, Apple has given you the ability to keep your iPad, iPhone and your Mac all in sync. So basically you can take a picture on your phone and have it available on your iPad/Mac right away. Of course there is more you can do with that and pictures just happen to be one of the things. Once you take a picture, it gets saved in iCloud and it then gets pushed to your Mac/iPad etc. One thing that I think is note worthy is the availability of cloud storage APIs which will enable developers to create applications that would leverage Apple’s cloud. This will give the users/developers endless possibilities and will be a good way to put Apple’s cloud to test.

I specifically like the iTunes Match feature. I like it because that feature alone tells me a lot about Apple as a company and where its headed. Not everyone purchases music from iTunes, some rip CDs and some live on the edgy torrent world. Knowing it will only upset customers if they can’t leverage iCloud for non-iTunes purchased music, Apple took a very interesting route. So if you have music that hasn’t been purchased via iTunes, Apple will scan your library and add its 256 kbps version to your iCloud library for you to download it to other devices. Nice aye? And if you happen to have any music that is not available in iTunes, you can simply upload it to iCloud and it will be available to the other devices you own. All this for $24.99/year. Not bad at all, very competitive indeed. What I like is that Apple figured out a way to make money from customers by providing them with a service that they didn’t have before. They could have upset everyone and their brothers and forced users to re-purchase the music via iTunes. But I am glad that Apple gets it.

The picture, doc syncing etc between your devices is all free by the way. As of now only the iTunes portion is available, and with iOS5 and the release of OS X Lion, iCloud will come to life.

Again, I don’t usually post about Apple news, if I start doing that, this blog will take an interesting turn. I thought this was worth posting and a few minutes of my time. After all the talk, Apple has now entered the cloud world.

OS X on vSphere

As vSphere 4 begins to get old and fascination with what should be expected in the next version begins, there have been reports that with vSphere 5, VMware may support OS X as a guest OS on a non Apple hardware. If Apple has really backed down and this news is indeed true, it will be interesting to see how rapidly Apple’s OS engages the datacenters across the globe.

In the past, I have witnessed requests for Apple’s OS, but they mostly got squashed due to Apple’s dedicated hardware requirement, if these reports are correct, I think Apple will benefit from reaching the market they lost in the 90s.