Recommendations for running FreeBSD as a guest OS
nightrecon at verizon.net
Sat Feb 14 08:44:38 PST 2009
Bobby Walker wrote:
> I have a small network at work that, unfortunately, uses Windows 2003.
> I need a good mail server, but I do not have a budget for purchasing
> additional software. Exchange requires too many hacks to configure a
> catchall email account, and Exchange and I do not get along very well.
> So, today while brainstorming, I thought why not run FreeBSD as a guest
> OS on the box. Any suggestions for the best way of doing this?
Another options may be to just use the smtp and pop3 that comes with Win2K3.
You'll see these in the "Add/Remove Windows Components" under "Add or Remove
Software" of Control Panel. These were previously on the Options Pack CD
from which you installed IIS, but when Win2K3 came out they were added.
May not fit your requirements. But it is free and Exchange is high $dollar
and in many situations is overkill. Postfix in a VM might suffice for a
small load. Free: http://www.vmware.com/products/server/
The main problem I see is the default networking situation in most VM
installs is NAT. This allows outbound/return traffic but will block incoming
connection attempts. There are three different networking configurations you
can choose from, and the one you want is bridge. It's also the most
difficult to configure.
I've used VirtualBox on a Linux machine for a while now but it's quite
possible the VMware Server may be a little more mature for use on a Windows
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