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Installing Snow Leopard Server in Virtualbox

The copy of SL Server hosted here is a .dmg file, and I'm not sure how I get virtualbox to read and understand those. Does anyone know how to make it work?

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Hi Freeverse & welcome,

You just have to select the ".dmg" as the primary boot drive when creating a new VM. Use this tutorial for example for complete instructions (you can find some other ones on another sites).

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Thanks for the help, reading so many threads on this topic wasn't in vain.

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Worth noting that VMWare Fusion is now free for personal use as well. It's even easier than VirtualBox to set up SLS on, as you create a new VM, drag the DMG file to the window, click Next, and it does the rest. And it has proper file/clipboard sharing and dynamic desktop supported on macOS, where VirtualBox doesn't support any integration with OS X guests.

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Thank you again, I will definitely try it. I see that now is much easier to set up all these things on a virtual machine, more processes are automatized and the program is much smarter, helping the user with the most of the work. I was looking at an article about VMware vs virtualbox on https://www.altaro.com/vmware/vmware-vs-virtualbox/, and it's actually very interesting to see how these two programs differ and which are their strong and weak points. It helps me to have a better understanding and how to use them, in which certain situation.

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We should not forget the host machine´s OS.
I don´t know much about VMWare under Windows, but for macOS VMWare is superior by far.
Leopard Server and Snow Leopard Server are fairly usable in VMWare under Catalina or lower.
Shared folders are working, USB2 is working (mostly).

Virtual Box is fine on Windows maybe for GNU-Linux and the like, but there is no extension package for OSX 10.6 or lower. That leaves you with a shaky USB1 and no shared folders, regardless of your host OS.

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After getting burned by moving all my VBox VMs to Parallels and then having them switch to a subscription service under me, it took me a long time to pick up another closed source virtual machine package. But when VMWare released Fusion for free home use when macOS 11 came out, I decided to finally take the plunge, understanding that it likely wouldn't work with macOS 12. First thing I did was check and see if I could boot my VMWare VMs under VirtualBox. Once that was verified, I moved everything over. So I've now got Tiger Server x86, Leopard Server x86, Snow Leopard Server IA64, Snow Leopard IA64 (requires a simple edit), plus every major release version up to and including macOS 11, running smoothly on VMWare Fusion under macOS 11 IA64.

As my next Mac will likely be AARCH64, it'll be interesting to see what hoops I need to jump through to continue having System 0.83 through $Current running on the new architecture. I may need to move all the VMs over to QEMU-x86, with the feature and performance loss that entails.