Virtualising Haiku with Parallels Workstation

Here is a “lost” guide on how to virtualise haiku with the now discontinued Parallels Workstation for Windows.

Parallels Workstation has been discontinued! This article is now a legacy document, just in case you happen to have a version of the software on your computer.

This guide describes how to create a Virtual Machine and Install Haiku from an ISO file. The ISO file can be found here in a zipped file. The operating system being used in the tutorial is Windows 8. All other operating systems that support Parallels workstation can run Haiku in a similar way.

Part One.

First, Launch Parallels Workstation by Going to Start > All Programs > Parallels > And clicking on Parallels Workstation (On Windows)

To install Haiku on Parallels Workstation, proceed to Part Two

Part Two: Creating A Virtual Machine

Step one: Upon Opening Parallels Workstation 6, The following Window will show up.

Step two: To install Haiku on Parallels Workstation, first, Click on Create a New Virtual Machine.

Step three: Upon clicking, A Wizard will show up asking you the Type and Version of Operating System to install in the Virtual Machine. Since Haiku is built upon the NewOS Kernel, we will select the Option Other. And Click on 'Next'.

Step four: In the window that shows up, we see an option asking you for the Type of Virtual Machine to be Installed. Choose "Typical" and click 'Next'.

Step five: Now, specify a name and location for your virtual machine and hit 'Next'.

Part Three: Installing Haiku

Step one: After the Processing of the Creation of the New Virtual Machine, Parallels Workstation will show a new Wizard for the Installation of Haiku.

Step two: Point to the ISO file that has been downloaded, after selecting Choose an Image File from the Combo-Box, and click on 'Start'.

Step three: Now just wait while Haiku boots up. From here you will be able to Haiku to virtual disk

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Haiku in Parallels Workstation 6.

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Interesting Tutorial

Can we add this tutorial into our knowledge base?

Sure, it is under the MIT licence. I will also retrieve the original full length article in html for you tomorrow.

Ive been in contact with Parallels team because Haiku couldnt use more than 2 v-cpus (without crashing the whole virtualization process).

From Dimitry at Paralells:


I was looking through problem reports and found the issue with multiple VCPUs in BeOS.

I’d want to suggest a following workaround. Please open the VM configuration. Go to hardware -> boot order -> advanced settings. Enter the line “devices.x2apic.enable=0” (without quotes) to the boot flags.

(as an example of boot-flags entering look at )

This works!

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