Deprecated (May 2020)

This is no longer required when using VMware Fusion ≥ 11.5.


When you virtualise macOS on a host with a Secure Enclave Processor (SEP) (any Mac with Touch ID or T2 chip) the virtualised operating system (OS) looks for the SEP to perform authentication actions.

As described below by @macshome, this leads to a delay whenever you try to perform some authentication actions via the User Interface (UI).

You can see an example of this delay, twenty four (24) seconds, in the below video: no-alignment


Once this change is applied there’s no longer a delay. The authentication flow only takes six (6) seconds. no-alignment

Editing the .vmx File

You need to edit the .vmx file which is located inside the VMBundle of your VM. While it appears as a single file in Finder the VMBundle is actually an archive. This is where your VMs hard disk and a bunch of other files and logs reside. See VMware KB article 1021016 for more info on VMbundle contents.

Update: Per @macshome’s tweet there’s a much easier way to edit the .vmx file1.

In the Virtual Machine Library (⇧⌘L) right click the VM then press the option key (⌥) then click “Open Config File in Editor”. This will open the VMs .vmx file in TextEdit.

With the .vmx file open in TextEdit change

board-id.reflectHost = "TRUE"


board-id.reflectHost = "FALSE"

The .vmx file is included in snapshots so you’ll want to perform this edit as soon as you create your VM. If you make this change and restore a snapshot you created before editing the .vmx file the change won’t persist, the previous state of the .vmx file will be restored by the snapshot.

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