Install macOS Sierra on VMware Fusion on MacBook

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

In this article, I’m going to show you that how to install macOS Sierra on VMware Fusion on MacBook. As Apple released its new desktop operating system macOS Sierra 10.12 some days ago. It’s the new version of Mac OS X El Capitan. In our previous articles, we have covered the following topics.

We have lots of articles regarding installing Mac OS X El Capitan installation on different devices, but we don’t have many articles on how to install macOS Sierra on VMware Fusion on Mac computers. Because this operating system was released some days ago by Apple Inc. So it’s the first time that we create this topic. This article is a spacial gift for our MacBook users. I hope you enjoy this article.

Install macOS Sierra on VMware Fusion

Update: The Steps below works on macOS Sierra 10.12 Final Version released by apple. (20 September)

Now there are several materials that you have to download from the links below. Only the file that you have to download from Apple App store is the “The Unarchiver“.

Step #1. Download the Unarchiver App

#1. First, what you are going to do is open Apple App Store. Search in the search bar “The Unarchiver” then hit enter.

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

Search The Unarchiver

#2. Click on the app then tap on “Get“. You’ll be prompted to enter your Apple ID with a password. Sign in with your Apple ID and Password then download the app.

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

Download The Unarchiver

Step #2. Extract macOS Sierra 10.12 Zip File

Navigate to the macOS Sierra zipped file then double click on the file. It’ll automatically open the file with unarchiver extractor. Choose the file and hit “Extract” button.

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

Extract the macOS Sierra Zip File

Step #3. Install VMware Fusion on MacBook

Get the VMware Fusion from the link above. Once you have downloaded the VMware, then Install it on your Mac. To install VMware, only double click on the VMware dmg file then double click on the VMware icon. Enter your “Username” and “Password“. Finally, click “Done”. If you have installed already, then that’s OK. For more information watch the video below this post.

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

Install VMware Fusion

Click “Agree” then choose “I want to try the VMware Fusion 8 30 days,” click “Continue.” Type your Email address and then hit the “Continue” button. Enter your username and password. Finally, click “Done“.

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

Installing VMware Fusion

Step #4. Create a New Virtual Machine

#1. When you installed the VMware Fusion, at the end a window will pop up that you can create new virtual machine. Click on the last option “Create a Custom Virtual Machine“.

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

Select Installation Method

#2. On the “Choose operating system” window, select “Apple OS X” and choose “OS X 10.11“. Click the “Continue” button.

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

Choose Operating System

#3. On the “Choose a virtual hard disk”, select the second option “Use an existing virtual disk” and then tap on “Choose virtual disk“.

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

Choose a Virtual Disk

#4. When you click “Choose virtual disk”, a new window will pop up. Select the VMDK file of macOS Sierra then click “Choose“.

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

Choose macOS Sierra 10.12 VMDK file

#5. Now, don’t click “Finish”. Click “Customize Settings“.

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

Customize Settings

#6. Name the Virtual Machine “macOS Sierra” then choose the new path if you want. Otherwise, put it in default. Finally, click “Save“. When you click save button, you’ll be prompted to step 5.

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

Name macOS Sierra & Choose Location

Step #5. Edit the Virtual Machine

#1. After clicking on the save button, the setting window will automatically pop up. Click “Processors & Memory“. By default everything is correct. If it wasn’t correct, select “2 Processors” and at least “2 GB Memory“.

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

Recommended Processor & Memory

#2. Click on “Display” option then enable “Accelerate 3D Graphics“.

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

Enable Accelerate 3D Graphics

#3. Click “Hard disk” and put the bus type to “SATA“.

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

Bus Type to SATA

Step #6. Start the Virtual Machine

Open the macOS Sierra VM window then click “Start virtual machine”. When you started the VM, then it should take you to the next step. Setting up macOS Sierra in VMware.

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

Start the Virtual Machine

Step #7. Perform a Clean Installation of macOS Sierra

Now while installing macOS Sierra or El Capitan on VMware or VirtualBox then we don’t need to install that on separate disk because while editing the VM we choose the virtual disk type SATA, and this is the one and only way for now to install macOS Sierra or El Capitan on VMware or VirtualBox. So that’s why now in the very next step we have to perform a clean installation and to set up macOS Sierra.

#1. Choose your Country and click on Continue.

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

Choose Language

#2. Pick a keyboard Layout and click on Continue.

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

Choose Keyboard Layout

#3. Now select your method to “Transfer information” to this Mac and click on “Continue”.

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

Transfer Information to this Mac

#4. Enable location services and click on Continue.

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

Enable Location Services

#5. In this step, you have to Sign in with your Apple ID. If you have one, then create a free Apple ID on, how to create an Apple ID on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. If you don’t want to sign in with Apple ID or don’t want to create Apple ID, then Choose Don’t Sign in and Click on Continue.

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

Sign in with your Apple ID

#6. Agree to the Terms and Conditions.

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

Terms and Conditions

#7. Fill out the Full name,  Account name, Password, Hint and check the box of Set time zone based on Current location. Then finally click on Continue to create your user account for macOS Sierra, which will be installed.

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

Create a Computer Account

#8. Select the options for Diagnostics & Usage and click on Continue.

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

Diagnostics and Usage

#9. Wait a little while to Setting Up Your Mac. Then it will run on the desktop of macOS Sierra.

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

Setting up macOS Sierra

Step #8. Install VMware Tools on MacBook

The installation of macOS Sierra on macOS Sierra is done, and everything looks pretty awesome but one thing is remaining, and that’s VMware tools. As you have observed that you can get it into full-screen mode. It’s so small. Now, I would like to show you that how to install VMware Tools on macOS Sierra.

#1. To install VMware tools on macOS Sierra, just navigate to the top menu of apple. Click on “Virtual Machine” then tap on “Install VMware Tools“.

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

Install VMware Tools on macOS Sierra

#2. Click “Install“.

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

Install VMware Tools on VMware Fusion

#3. Double click on “VMware Tools” setup. Click “Continue” until it finishes.

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

Install VMware Tools

#4. Finally, click “Restart“. Your VM will reboot and wait for a moment. After restarting, you will use macOS Sierra in full-screen mode.

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

VMware Tools is Successfully installed

Conclusion

After performing a clean installation and installing VMware tools on macOS Sierra then you should see your final result that, macOS Sierra has successfully installed on VMware fusion. In this post, That was all about, how to install macOS Sierra 10.12 on VMware Fusion and I have covered;

  • Download the Unarchiver App
  • Extract macOS Sierra 10.12 Zip File
  • Install VMware Fusion on MacBook
  • Create a New Virtual Machine
  • Edit the Virtual Machine
  • Start the Virtual Machine
  • Perform a Clean Installation of macOS Sierra
  • Install VMware Tools on MacBook
How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on MacBook with VMware Fusion?

Final result macOS Sierra Installation on MacBook

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Mukhtar Jafari is the CEO of wikigain.com and he is a blog writer on different technology platforms such as Android, iOS, PC and Macintosh. He would like to share his experiences with IT enthusiast via this blog. He loves IT stuff and currently studying CCNA, Linux and MCSA.

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