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William Lam
Been getting asked about our progress with ESXi on new 2018 Apple Mac Mini Here's quick summary … Legend: 🚫 Issue ✅ Workaround ❌ No Workaround /1
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William Lam Apr 22
Replying to @Apple
🚫 T2 Security Chip prevents install of non-MacOS ✅ Disable T2 Secure Boot, enable External Boot & Install ESXi to USB /2
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William Lam Apr 22
Replying to @Apple
🚫 T2 Security Chip prevents accessing the local NVMe device & Thunderbolt 3 ports ✅ Use IP-based storage or VMFS on USB ( but useful testing purposes) /3
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William Lam Apr 22
Replying to @Apple
🚫 T2 Security Chip prevents non-MacOS to access Apple SMC ❌ MacOS VM on ESXi fails to properly boot due to what looks like T2 blocking SMC access. No workaround 😞 /4
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William Lam Apr 22
Replying to @Apple
Without 🍎engagement/involvement, we will NOT be able to enable ESXi on any Mac Hardware w/new T2 Security Chip! I highly encourage customers to share direct feedback with 🍎, our Engr team is ready and willing to work on this /5
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Camille Debay Apr 22
Replying to @lamw @ygini
FYI
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Yoann Gini Apr 23
Yes I’ve seen that. I know since he interviewed me for my use of vSphere on Mac. I’m not sure if even understand why it’s important to provide a signature key to for ESXi.
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Camille Debay Apr 23
Replying to @ygini @lamw and 2 others
Should have known, you were already on it 😁
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Yoann Gini Apr 23
I’m everywhere you know it :p
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Camille Debay Apr 23
Replying to @ygini @lamw and 2 others
I unfortunately do 🤣🤣
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Stephan Koch Apr 22
Replying to @lamw @Apple
For what reason, unless you got a bunch of Hardware at home and want to set up a homelab without any cost, do you want to use that Hardware? It is Standard x86 Hardware, that you can get anytime anywhere and can install a Hypervisor without any clue? Just interested! :-)
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William Lam Apr 23
Replying to @F_Body @Apple
This effort/request has nothing to do with Home Labs or running something “cheap”. For any organization which has MacOS/iOS apps, guess what, you need Mac to do development and testing. These are Production use cases, some past examples
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Victor Homocea Apr 22
Replying to @lamw
Apple doesn't give a damn about this topic! Word!
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Tiago de Aviz Apr 22
Replying to @lamw
Well, better off using another hardware.
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Eric-Garrison_V2.0 Apr 22
Replying to @lamw
Some amazing progress. I wish the two sides would sit down and hash things out and add licensing to the dream as well :)
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Ryan Snyder Apr 24
Replying to @lamw
I submitted to Apple over enterprise support agreement. They said no it’s against the EULA. We still run Xserve in production even though not supported.
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Carl Ashley Jun 3
Replying to @lamw
Apple's gone from highlighting MacStadium (a company that absolutely uses VM's - ) in their Nov 5 2018 event to killing off any useful virtualisation. Great job Apple, you've totally demonstrated your commitment to .
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