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 userwill show you how to configure a FreeNAS 9 installation to run on your VMware ESXi hypervisor. Check out the two videos below on how to get a FreeNAS virtual environment set up. In addition, Guy, Robot also shows us his custom FreeNAS build at the link below.
Just a quick post today. Last week I wrote in detail about the NAS that I setup at the start of the year. It’s been a really fun project – in particular getting FreeNAS running smoothe and stable in a virtual machine using hardware pass-through.
As promised last week I’ve created some detailed videos that look at how to get a fresh ESXi 6.5 installation ready for my hardware (including integration with the Realtek 8110 network card that isn’t supported by default in the latest versions of VMware) and how to configure your FreeNAS installation to be ready to serve iSCSI RAID disks to a hypervisor of your choice.
Rather than go through everything in detail here I’ve created a couple of videos to talk you through the process – check them out below.
We’ll install applications such as Nano, GIMP, Firefox, VLC media player on FreeBSD 11. We’ll also install VMware Tools (Open VM Tools) on FreeBSD 11 for better performance and usability (Fit Guest Now, Drag-Drop File and Mouse Integration). This tutorial also helps for installing FreeBSD 11 on physical computer or server.
1- Download FreeBSD 11 ISO
2- Create VM on VMware Workstation/Player
3- Start Installation
4- Installing Xorg, GNOME 3 Desktop
5- Installing Firefox, Nano, GIMP, VLC and gedit Applications on FreeBSD 11
6- Installing and Configuring VMware Tools (Open VM Tools)
7- FreeBSD 11 GNOME 3 Review
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”
This article by VMTek shows us how to install FreeNAS in VMware Workstation.
Head on over to the following link for the instructions: http://vmtek.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/installing-freenas-into-vmware-workstation-pt1/
As of February 2014, VMware Tools that come with ESXi 5 or Fusion don’t work out of the box on FreeBSD 10. I wrote some patches so that one can compile them manually. Luckily, FreeBSD 10 comes with support for vmxnet3 virtual network cards. Anyhow, you’ll need at least the kernel source tree in /usr/src/sys, Perl, and compat6x-amd64 (or compat6x-i386).
For full instructions, head on over to the following link: http://ogris.de/vmware/freebsd10.html
I wrote an automated installer for the source code patches so people could easily do this on both 5.1+ and 5.5
You should also mention http://open-vm-tools.sourceforge.net/faq.php as in most cases people won’t need the official tools and are fine with the one in ports.
* Thanks to reader Miklos for the tip!