Running Mac OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion' in VMware ESXi 5

July 30, 2012 at 7:27 PMPhonicUK

Recently I bought a Mac Mini to use as a ESXi rig to host Mac VMs for development purposes.

Getting Lion running in ESXi 5 is a marginally annoying but entirely doable task. However if you try to follow the same steps with Mountain Lion, you'll very quickly get stuck at a "Waiting for root device..." message and find you're going nowhere.

Thankfully it's actually a pretty simple (if inconvenient thing) to work around:

  • Install OS X 10.7 (Lion) in a VM
  • Upgrade 10.7 to 10.8 after it's up and running
  • Done
That's it. Upgrading works, clean install doesn't.
Point of note: During the Mountain Lion installation, the screen may go black/white with a small box in it. If this happens just press any key on the keyboard to wake it up again. It's not dead.

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McMyAdmin 2.1 and Minecraft 1.3 Vanilla Servers

July 30, 2012 at 11:29 AMPhonicUK

A few changes in Vanilla Minecraft 1.3 are going to necessitate changes to existing functionality in McMyAdmin. These are only temporary measures until the modding API is available.

Prior to 1.3, the Minecraft server logged all attempts to execute commands to the console. This allowed McMyAdmin to intercept commands being run so it could perform actions requested by the user.

As of 1.3, it now only does this for opped users, this means that McMyAdmin can no longer delegate commands to non-op users or implement its own commands this way. It also shows a 'Command Not Recognised' message when using non-standard commands.

The workaround is that in 1.3, McMyAdmin commands will be usable as !command instead of /command - this does have the unfortunate side-effect that everyone on the server can see you using commands. Again this is only temporary until the modding API is available and McMyAdmin can handle its commands as normal.

Note that this only affects Vanilla servers, and those using CraftBukkit are unaffected.

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