FreeBSD and VMWare

Bill Moran wmoran at
Fri Jun 23 22:15:49 UTC 2006

In response to YTResearch <ytresearch at>:

> I noticed that someone asked questions concerning VMware on FreeBSD  
> which was my first realization that the two even go together. I have  
> the opportunity to advocate FreeBSD as a possible replacement to run  
> that software as a parting shot in the next week prior to finally  
> retiring from that organization. They are a very large windows  
> operation but are putting in some Linux/VMware to reduce the windows  
> server hardware platforms (I already know that this is of dubious  
> value when they could natively migrate and just eliminate the  
> servers, efficiency is not an option in the corporate world paradigms).
> Before I actually recommend they do this on ~80 servers, I would like  
> to verify that it really can be done to move to a FreeBSD 6.1 RELEASE/ 
> VMware environment to support W2K3 and E2K3 on a virtual machine? Has  
> anyone done this? 

FreeBSD 6 runs fine _inside_ vmware -- as a virtual machine.  I used it
daily with almost no trouble (and the small amount of trouble is likely
to be unrelated to vmware).

I have never gotten vmware to run as a program under FreeBSD, i.e. using
FreeBSD as the host for other vmware machines.  I have tried several times.
Technically, VMWare doesn't support it.

Bill Moran
Collaborative Fusion Inc.

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