You can install OS X Server or OS X Client in a virtual machine. Fusion creates the virtual machine, opens the OS X installation assistant, and installs VMware Tools. VMware Tools loads the drivers required to optimize a virtual machine's performance.

OS X virtual machines that you create in Fusion can run on any Apple-branded hardware that uses Intel processors. The Apple licensing agreement defines the situations when it is permissible to virtualize OS X. Fusion does not change these terms or enable OS X on non-Apple hardware. You cannot use a Mac OS virtual machine in another VMware product, such as Workstation Pro.

Fusion supports the following Mac OS X Server and Mac OS X Client versions for the guest OS:

  • Mac OS X Server 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11

  • Mac OS X Client 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11

Fusion does not support the following features for Mac OS X virtual machines:

  • Drag-and-drop between host Mac and guest Mac

  • Multiple displays

  • 3D Accelerated graphics

  • Unity Mode

To install the operating system, use the procedure for creating a virtual machine for any supported operating system. See Create a Virtual Machine for Any Supported Operating System.