OSboxes has created VirtualBox & VMware images with FreeBSD 11 as the virtual environment. This will allow users to test the open source operating system in a virtual machine before installing it on bare metal. Head on over to the page below to download the VDI or VMDK image to try out FreeBSD 11.
This tutorial by user Romil Bheda shows us how to get a FreeBSD virtual machine set up in the Azure Marketplace. FreeBSD was recently added as an option to Microsoft’s cloud virtualization platform. See the link below for the full instructions.
FreeBSD is a free Unix-like operating system descended from Research Unix via the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD).
Microsoft has invested in porting their virtualization support (Hyper-V) for FreeBSD. Hyper-V support is available for FreeBSD-9 through the ports tree, but starting with FreeBSD-10 support for Hyper-V is included in the main tree. Currently 10.3 of FreeBSD version is available.
Azure VM guest agent is also available for the communication between FreeBSD Virtual Machine and Azure Fabric. This can perform various operations such as provisioning the virtual machine on first use and enabling the functionality for the selective virtual machine extensions.
The FreeBSD Foundation provides us a tutorial on getting FreeBSD setup on VirtualBox. VirtualBox is an open source virtualization platform available on Windows, OS X, and many other operating systems. Follow the link below for the full instructions.
1. Installing VirtualBox
- Visit the Oracle VirtualBox website, the download page can be found here: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
- Select the Binary that applies to your operating system and machine. VirtualBox is available on Windows, OS X, Linux hosts, and Solaris. The download links can be found under the first bullet-point as pictured.
- Opening the downloaded package will start the installation walkthrough. Once it finishes, you’ll be able to launch the application.
2. Identifying Your Processor: ….
Microsoft has announced that FreeBSD 10.3 is now available as a virtual machine image in the Azure Marketplace. Azure is Microsoft’s cloud computing platform and infrastructure for deploying various applications.
Today, I’m excited to announce the availability of FreeBSD 10.3 as a ready-made VM image available directly from the Azure Marketplace. This means that not only can you quickly bring-up a FreeBSD VM in Azure, but also that in the event you need technical support, Microsoft support engineers can assist.
Here’s how easy it is to get up and going through the Azure portal. Simply click on the +New on the left pane (or the marketplace tile on your dashboard), type “FreeBSD 10.3” in the search text box, and you’re there.
Original announcement: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/freebsd-now-available-in-azure-marketplace/
Create and Upload a FreeBSD VHD to Azure
This article shows you how to create and upload a virtual hard disk (VHD) that contains the FreeBSD operating system so you can use it as your own image to create a virtual machine (VM) in Azure.
Azure has two different deployment models for creating and working with resources: Resource Manager and classic. This article covers using the classic deployment model. Microsoft recommends that most new deployments use the Resource Manager model.
The Register – Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image. Repeat. Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image
This tutorial by user xhyve, a port of bhyve, is a virtualization platform for Mac OS X operating system. See the link below for the full instructions.shows us how to get a FreeBSD virtual machine setup on xhyve.
- Create 5GB FreeBSD image.
- Install FreeBSD on xhyve.
- Mount host directory.
$ brew install xhyve --HEAD
Create Guest Image …
Full tutorial: https://gist.github.com/tanb/f8fefa22332edc7a641d
This tutorial by user sdebnath shows us how to get VLAN set up in a FreeBSD jail. See the link below for the full instructions.
This article discusses how to set up jails on a FreeBSD 11-CURRENT system utilizing VIMAGE (aka VNET) to provide a virtualized independent network stack for each jail with support for VLAN tagging.
- You have a machine installed with FreeBSD 11-CURRENT on ZFS.
- We will be building world and kernel and using that as the base for the jails. Hence basic knowledge of FreeBSD system administration is assumed. If you’ve never compiled and installed a FreeBSD base system and kernel, this article may be hard to follow. Refer to the FreeBSD Handbook, especially chapter 8: ‘Configuring the FreeBSD Kernel’ and chapter 23: ‘Updating and Upgrading FreeBSD’.
- Your host’s ethernet interface is em0.
- Your IP network is 192.168.6.0/24 with gateway at 192.168.6.1.
- The host will be assigned IP 192.168.6.66.
- The guest jails will be assigned IPs in the range 192.168.6.100-254.
- VLAN ID for all network interfaces will be 6.
- Jails will be stored in ZFS datasets under /jail directory.
Full tutorial: https://gist.github.com/sdebnath/086874c5df8b68e0df69
Thanks to user , we can get Qemu running on FreeBSD 10. See the link below for the full instructions.
QEMU is a hypervisor, that can emulate many number of of the architectures include:
In this article lets look at, how to install QEMU on FreeBSD 10. By default, QEMU on FreeBSD supports the following architectures.
Install Qemu using the following command.pkg install qemu
Full tutorial: http://fosskb.in/2016/02/21/installing-qemu-on-freebsd-10/
Thanks to this tutorial by user James Lodge, we can get Windows Server 2012 R2 running on a FreeBSD bhyve hypervisor. Follow the link below for the full instructions.
Before embarking its worth reviewing the requirements as running Windows on Bhyve does require a bit of work and not for the faint hearted. It also requires some pretty specific hardware requirements/features as Bhyve has been built form the ground up with modern hardware accelerated virtualisation features at the forefront leave all the legacy cruff in its wake.
- FreeBSD Current 11 r288524 (minimum)
- Kernel Modules
- vmm.ko (Bhyve)
- nmdm.ko (Null Modem)
- if_tap.ko (tap network interface)
- if_bridge.ko (bridge network interface)
- Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation ISO
- An AutoUnattend.xml file
- To automate the installation as there is no graphical console.
- virtio Windows drivers
- CPU Supporting EPT with Unrestricted Guest Feature
- 7zip and cdrtools packages installed
- Some spare time and patients
Larry the BSD Guy reports on VIMAGE, a network stack virtualization platform, and Lumina Desktop Environment, both making significant advancements on FreeBSD. Check out his articles in the links below to see whats in store for the future.
So what is VIMAGE?
“The VIMAGE project builds upon FreeBSD’s jail lightweight virtualization mechanism,” Maste explains in the newsletter. “The initial VIMAGE work was supported by NLNet and the FreeBSD Foundation, and has been available as a kernel compile-time option for some time. Unfortunately, a number of stability and reliability issues have prevented the project from enabling VIMAGE in the default GENERIC kernel.”
VIMAGE Coming Soon to FreeBSD – http://fossforce.com/2016/02/vimage-coming-soon-freebsd/
The BSD licensed Lumina Desktop aims to release version 1.0 in July.
It appears the sun is rising on Lumina.
Ken Moore, the lead developer for the BSD-based Lumina Desktop Environment, announced that another step towards the release of a full-fledged desktop environment for BSD variants (and Linux distros, for that matter) has been achieved with the release of version 0.8.8 yesterday.
Lumina Desktop Getting Ready for FreeBSD 11.0 http://fossforce.com/2016/02/lumina-desktop-getting-ready-freebsd-11-0/
Thanks to DragonFlyDigest for the links.
This short tutorial by user Bruno Mikio shows us how to get VMware tools installed in a FreeBSD virtual machine. Follow the link below for the full instructions.
Following the VMware documentation on how to “Manually Install or Upgrade VMware Tools in a FreeBSD Virtual Machine”