FreeBSD in VMware?

james jamesp at
Mon Mar 31 23:08:51 PST 2003


Thanks to all those who suggested that kernel parameter, I'll get a new kernel 
built - new to freebsd so hopefully compiling a kernel on a different system 
isn't too hard, Guess I just need to copy /modules and /kernel over.

As to Jud's problem, well, all you should have to do is get your windows host on 
the network any way you need, then use NAT on VMware. You'll then have a 
virtual network card on the guest OS - use DHCP to configure it, and well it 
just works.

There's no need at all to configure PPP on the guest OS - it just uses the 
host't TCP/IP stack, regardless of if it's PPP, ethernet, or avian carrier 



On Mon, 31 Mar 2003, Jud wrote:

> On Mon, 31 Mar 2003 11:13:31 +0100 (BST), james <jamesp at> wrote:
> > Hi Folks
> >
> > Does anyone have experience running FreeBSD under VMware? My host OS is 
> > WinXP SP1, running VMware 3.2.
> 4.7-RELEASE only thus far (see below).
> > I'm trying to buildworld (5.0-CURRENT as of today) but the virtual 
> > machine just gets slower and slower. When I'm monitoring the stats using 
> > top, I notice that the CPU is spending ~50% of it's time in interrupt. If 
> > I Ctrl-C the procedure, the load goes down, but interrupt % stays around 
> > 20-25% and the system is still slow, even though it's not doing anything!
> >
> > FreeBSD 4.8-RC2 doesn't seem to have the same problem, I have 
> > successfully built world and it stayed responsive.
> Haven't installed -CURRENT or updated -STABLE yet, due to my problem, which 
> I'm sure is the result of incredible thickness and density on my part: How 
> does one get networking to work?  Win2K host, dialup connection; VMware set 
> to use NAT.  When I type "ppp -auto isp" ("isp" has been substituted for 
> "papchap" in /etc/ppp/ppp.conf) as a non-root user, I get the normal 
> message that FreeBSD is using tun0 and am returned to the shell prompt.  
> However, any attempt to communicate with the outside world, e.g, using 
> cvsup, is fruitless.
> So having failed to give it (sorry, James), I'm asking for it - help, 
> anyone?
> Jud

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