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April 20, 2008

Updated FreeBSD 7.0 VMware Image Now Available

Filed under: Operating Systems — Tags: , , — Greg Larkin @ 4:22 pm

Hi everyone,

I updated the ports tree and repackaged the FreeBSD 7.0 VMware virtual machine that turned out to be corrupted in my earlier release. I apologize for anyone who was inconvenienced, and I still don’t know how part of one of the disks was corrupted, since the source image was fine.

Anyway, you can find the new download here: VMware 7.0 virtual machine with ZFS enabled

If you run into any problems, please contact me.

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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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