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HOW TO: Create a bootable El Capitan ISO fo VMware

Started by colt2, Oct 08 2015 02:14 PM
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Posted 08 October 2015 - 02:14 PM

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With the release of El Capitan, the script to create a Bootable ISO for VMware of Mavericks and Yosemite does not seem to work anymore on the El Capitan official release.

The ISO simply does not boot.

 

Below is what I found that worked. Since I've been looking for this for a couple of days, I figured I'd share it. - Enjoy!

 

 

 #!/bin/bash

 

 # Mount the installer image
 hdiutil attach /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ Capitan.app/Contents/SharedSupport/InstallESD.dmg -noverify -nobrowse -mountpoint /Volumes/install_app

 

 # Create the ElCapitan Blank ISO Image of 7316mb with a Single Partition - Apple Partition Map
 hdiutil create -o /tmp/ElCapitan.cdr -size 7316m -layout SPUD -fs HFS+J

 

 # Mount the ElCapitan Blank ISO Image
 hdiutil attach /tmp/ElCapitan.cdr.dmg -noverify -nobrowse -mountpoint /Volumes/install_build

 

 # Restore the Base System into the ElCapitan Blank ISO Image
 asr restore -source /Volumes/install_app/BaseSystem.dmg -target /Volumes/install_build -noprompt -noverify -erase

 

 # Remove Package link and replace with actual files
 rm /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System/System/Installation/Packages

 cp -rp /Volumes/install_app/Packages /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System/System/Installation/

 

 # Copy El Capitan installer dependencies
 cp -rp /Volumes/install_app/BaseSystem.chunklist /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System/BaseSystem.chunklist
 cp -rp /Volumes/install_app/BaseSystem.dmg /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System/BaseSystem.dmg

 

 # Unmount the installer image
 hdiutil detach /Volumes/install_app

 

 # Unmount the ElCapitan ISO Image
 hdiutil detach /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System/

 

 # Convert the ElCapitan ISO Image to ISO/CD master (Optional)
 hdiutil convert /tmp/ElCapitan.cdr.dmg -format UDTO -o /tmp/ElCapitan.iso

 

 # Rename the ElCapitan ISO Image and move it to the desktop
 mv /tmp/ElCapitan.iso.cdr ~/Desktop/ElCapitan.iso

 


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Posted 08 October 2015 - 07:39 PM

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Thanks for your sharing ...
I will try it ...
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Posted 09 October 2015 - 11:46 AM

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hdiutil attach /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ Capitan.app/Contents/SharedSupport/InstallESD.dmg -noverify -nobrowse -mountpoint /Volumes/install_app
hdiutil create -o /tmp/ElCapitan -size 6789m -layout SPUD -fs HFS+J -type SPARSE
hdiutil attach /tmp/ElCapitan.sparseimage -noverify -nobrowse -mountpoint /Volumes/install_build
asr restore -source /Volumes/install_app/BaseSystem.dmg -target /Volumes/install_build -noprompt -noverify -erase
rm /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System/System/Installation/Packages
cp -rp /Volumes/install_app/Packages /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System/System/Installation/
hdiutil detach /Volumes/install_app
hdiutil detach /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System/
hdiutil resize -size `hdiutil resize -limits /tmp/ElCapitan.sparseimage | tail -n 1 | awk '{ print $1 }'`b /tmp/ElCapitan.sparseimage
hdiutil convert /tmp/ElCapitan.sparseimage -format UDTO -o /tmp/ElCapitan
mv /tmp/ElCapitan.iso.cdr ~/Desktop/ElCapitan.iso

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It works with VirtualBox


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Thanks  ...

 

The file ' ElCapitan.iso ' allows to install 'El Capitan' with 'VMware Fusion 8' (on 'El Capitan')  or 'VMware Workstation 10' (on 'Windows 7').

 

On 'VMware Workstation 12' and 'VMware Workstation 11' the installation starts but at the time of
the choice of the language we can't use any more the mouse, to choose the language, or to Continue'
 


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Posted 17 October 2015 - 09:59 AM

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Try setting USB compatibility to 2.0 instead of 3.0 if your mouse isn't working


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Posted 31 October 2015 - 09:08 AM

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amjadk, on 17 Oct 2015 - 02:59 AM, said:

Try setting USB compatibility to 2.0 instead of 3.0 if your mouse isn't working

Setting USB compatibility to 2.0    Tested with 'VMware Workstation 11' an 'VMware Workstation 12'. It is 'OK'


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Posted 10 November 2015 - 03:36 PM

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Bingo.  Thanks for these instructions.  I used them to do a fresh install of El Capitan on a Mac Mini 6,2 running ESXi 6.0 Update 1.


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Posted 01 February 2016 - 04:02 AM

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I can safely say that this is by far the easiest and best procedure that I have found that actually worked.  I must have tried 10 other methods and this one just worked, no changes.

 

I mapped the ISO to my VMWare instance and the VM booted just fine.  I had to make the SMC change and the USB 2.0 change, but that was it.

 

 


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