Installing VMWare ESXi 6 to MacPro 1,1

Items needed:
VMWare ESXi 6.0 installer
VMWare Fusion or player
ESXi 5.0 boot files macpro efi boot files.zip
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Create VM in VMWare fusion building to USB attached internal drive.
*Be sure to chose USB drive in the setup
The build shouldn’t take but a couple of minutes.

Once complete mount the /boot partition on your mac
“diskutil list” and figure out what disk is your ESXi
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/dev/disk6 (external, physical):
#:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        *160.0 GB   disk6
1:                        EFI ESXi                    4.2 MB     disk6s1
2:       Microsoft Basic Data                         262.1 MB   disk6s5
3:       Microsoft Basic Data                         262.1 MB   disk6s6
4: 9D275380-40AD-11DB-BF97-000C2911D1B8               115.3 MB   disk6s7
5:       Microsoft Basic Data                         299.9 MB   disk6s8
6: 9D275380-40AD-11DB-BF97-000C2911D1B8               2.7 GB     disk6s9
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Type “diskutil mount /dev/disk6s1” or whatever disk is yours
once mounted open and replace the following files with the files from the link above
/Volumes/EFI/BOOT/BOOTIA32.EFI
/Volumes/EFI/BOOT/BOOTx64.EFI

/Volumes/EFI/VMware/mboot32.efi
/Volumes/EFI/VMware/mboot64.efi

back to the terminal and type “diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk6” where it is your disk not the partition

Unplug and install in your ancient MacPro 1,1 (yes this says 2,1 but it is really a 2006 1,1) just like my early 2009 Mac Pro is a 6-core 3.33 GHz 🙂
Enjoy
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February 9, 2016 | Category: Mac Hacks | Tag:
2 thoughts
  1. MrBishop says:

    Going to go home and try this when I get off work. I really hope it takes as i’ve been having a heck of a time figuring out how to get this running (32-bit EFI with a 64-bit CPU.. WHY?!?!?).

    I’ll let you know how it goes (hopefully i’ll be able to get to it tonight), thanks!

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