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Parallels didn't let me install my non-server version of 10.6, but VirtualBox did. Then I added the /System/Library/CoreServices/ServerVersion.plist file and imported my virtual machine from VirtualBox into Parallels. Works fine, except no updates will install without further tweaks which I skipped - my virtual machine doesn't reach a network. I did not alter the SystemVersion.plist file.


I have exactly the same setup, running 10.6.8 in a VM on Parallels 7 on a 10.8.2 MacBook Pro Retina. Follow carefully the instructions here:

I made a disk image of the Snow Leopard installer DVD on my wife's computer and keep it handy. Never let your computer go to sleep and always Shut Down the VM when you're done or you may be presented with "Parallels can't boot a non-server version" (something like that) and have to start all over again.

It's a pain, but I've had to do it a couple of times and having the disk image handy was useful. If you get into the discipline of loading the VM, using it, then shutting it down, you shouldn't have troubles.

I moved my PowerPC apps to my VM disk, but I keep all of my documents on my non-VM disk, and that seems to work fine.

There are some things you can't do that you can with other virtual OSs (Windows), like copying and pasting. I share my non-VM volumes with the VM, because they don't seem to automatically mount, in spite of settings that look like they should. There are other quirks one gets used to.

The instructions recommend upgrading to Parallels 8, but so far that hasn't been necessary for me. Perhaps the integration with the non-VM has gotten better under 8? Good luck.

Via David Anders