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March 18, 2008

FreeBSD 7.0 VMware Image Available

Filed under: Operating Systems — Tags: , , — Greg Larkin @ 12:18 pm

Hi everyone,

Since FreeBSD 7.0 was recently released, I figured it’s a good time to put a VMware image together and have a look. Probably one of the most interesting new enhancements is the addition of the ZFS filesystem. I can’t wait to try that out, and it should make managing disk space a lot easier in the context of the service.

You can find the zipped image on the BitTorrent tracker. Some notes about the image:

  • The VM has been configured with 768Mb of memory. You can reduce it to 512Mb, but the ZFS documentation says “Me want more memory!
  • The root password is “password”
  • ZFS is enabled by default
  • The /usr/ports filesystem is located in a ZFS pool
  • The Ethernet interface is bridged to the host and uses DHCP

I tested this VM in VMware Server and VMware Player, and it seems to work fine. If you have any questions or problems, feel free to post comments here.

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Greg, LLC


  1. Hello Greg,

    I’ve downloaded your VM and am very keen on trying it out. What’s the login? It seems I can’t start the VM system without one…

    Best regards,


    Comment by Bernhard GuenterNo Gravatar — July 5, 2009 @ 12:51 pm

  2. @Bernhard Guenter: The default login for the VM is username “root” and password “password”. Does the VM boot up to a login prompt? What happens if you enter those login credentials? If it’s not working for you, please send a screenshot and I’ll figure out what the problem is.


    Comment by Greg LarkinNo Gravatar — July 13, 2009 @ 11:14 am

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