Installing MacOSX Leopard Server on Parallels 5

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I freed up some hard drive space and decided to try virtualizing MacOSX Leopard Server on my MacBook. So far, the installation is proceeding smoothly. I want to understand the differences between Tiger and Leopard server, and also to look at Snow Leopard Server (I have a 30 day trial key from Apple for testing). Virtualization looks to be a very effective way of trying out different configuration options without risk.

Installation is easy; simply create a new virtual machine and insert the MacOSX Server install disk. Parallels 5 detects the OS, configures the VM appropriately, and boots into the Server Installer. After installing and configuring the Server OS, I installed the Parallels tools and ran Software Update a couple of times to bring the Server OS up to 10.5.8.

The only thing that's disconcerting is that Parallels believed that Parallels Tools hadn't been installed on the Guest OS. I ran the Parallels Tools installer one more time after all of the OS updates had been applied, and it seems to have "stuck."

Thanks again, Parallels, for making it easier to do more with less.
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