Setup old macOS as guest on the Parallels Desktop

The version of the Parallels Desktop in this article is Parallels Desktop 15.

Sometimes, long-lived product have been support too old macOS.

Parallels Desktop is useful to test these product. It supports too old macOS such as OS X 10.5 Leopard Server as guest.

There are some tips to setup OS X 10.15 Leopard Server as guest. If you want to set up old macOS as guest, this article will help you.

The Problem

The problem is that the Parallels Tools can’t be installed on the OS X 10.5.0 Leopard Server. The bad application icon was appeared.

It seems that the Parallels Tools doesn’t support OS X 10.5.0. We need update to OS X 10.5.7 or later somehow.

The support document says Parallels Desktop 15 have support OS X 10.5 Leopard Server as guest.

What happens if you don’t install the Parallels Tools on the guest?

If you couldn’t install the Parallels Tools, appropriated drivers will not be installed.

It may be cause of following problems:

  1. Too low display resolution
  2. Too cheap performance
  3. Lost network

How to resolve

You can resolve this problem by updating to OS X 10.5.7 Server or later.

“How to update to OS X 10.5.7 without network?”

You may think so, but Parallels Desktop has a solution.

Download combo updater

First, download the OS X Server 10.5.7 Combo Updater on the host. The updater is available at the Apple Support Download Page.

Open the next link and search the updater with keyword “Mac OS X Server Combo 10.5.7”.

About Combo Updater

The combo updater can update without intermediate updaters.

“Mac OS X Server 10.5.7” can update to 10.5.7 from 10.5.0, 10.5.1, 10.5.2, 10.5.3, 10.5.4, 10.5.5, and 10.5.6.

Mount the updater disk image into the virtual machine.

You can’t copy the updater to the virtual machine by drag & drop because of the Parallels tools is not still installed.

You can copy with an USB flash memory. However, in this article, we use the feature that Parallels Desktop has.

Mount the updater disk image into the virtual machine by following steps.

  1. Select the “Connect Image …” from “CD/DVD” menu item in “Devices” menu.
  2. Select the updater disk image (dmg) file.

Install the Parallels Tools

After updated to the OS X 10.5.7, we can now install the Parallels Tools. Before updated, the icon is broken, but now is not.

After Parallels Tools is installed, the virtual machine will be able to connect to the internet.


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Representative of RK Kaihatsu. I am a professional developer specializing in macOS Apps, iOS Apps, SDKs and middleware development. I often use ObjC, Swift and C++. Based on development experience, I provide e-learning contents, technical books and technical guidance. I am also a technical seminar instructor, in-house training instructor, and administrative / local goverment staff training instructor.
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