For those who are looking to try out TrueOS, an open-source operating system based on FreeBSD, you may try out a pre-made virtual machine from OSBoxes. If you like what you see, head on over to TrueOS.org to get started with the ISO setup. The VMs are made for VirtualBox and VMware.
Alexander Nusov brings to us OpenStack cloud platform to FreeBSD with his latest project NFV Express. OpenStack is an open-source cloud computing software primarily designed to run on Linux operating system, and allows you to manage compute instances to allocate your available storage. The screenshots below also show an instance of FreeNAS running. Check out the links below for a detailed guide on setting up NFV Express, OpenStack for FreeBSD.
- Fresh installed FreeBSD® 11 server on x86-64 hardware with 8GB RAM
- Configured Xen® Dom0
- At least 1 NIC with Static IP
NFV Express: http://nfvexpress.com/
OpenStack Installation Tutorial for FreeBSD
The OpenStack system consists of several key services that are separately installed. These services work together depending on your cloud needs and include the Compute, Identity, Networking, Image, Block Storage, Object Storage, Telemetry, Orchestration, and Database services. You can install any of these projects separately and configure them stand-alone or as connected entities.
This guide will walk through an installation by using packages available through NFV Express repository for FreeBSD 11.0 (amd64).
Explanations of configuration options and sample configuration files are included.
This guide documents the OpenStack Newton release.
Full tutorial: http://docs.nfvexpress.com/install-guide/
MirageOS is a library operating system that builds unikernels for the purpose of high-performance network applications for cloud and mobile platforms. Recently, the developers have announced support for KVM hypervisor and FreeBSD’s bhyve. Read the full article for more information on what this capability brings.
Expanding Unikernels Support
Previously, unikernels created using MirageOS were far from being able to boot anywhere. They supported only environments hosted using the Xen hypervisor.
With the release of MirageOS 3.0, however, the platform now supports the KVM and FreeBSD bhyve hypervisors, too. That’s significant because it brings the unikernels a step closer to realizing their full potential—which is to be entirely environment-agnostic and capable of booting anywhere.
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/