install freebsd from inside another operating system

Derek Ragona derek at
Mon Dec 8 06:40:11 PST 2008

At 08:17 AM 12/8/2008, Gerhard Schmidt wrote:
>Robin Becker schrieb:
> > I'm just wondering if it is possible to install FreeBSD from inside a
> > bootstrap operating system such as a knoppix or ubuntu preinstall?
> >
> > Reason I'm asking is that my boss is asking about getting another
> > commodity server using a provider that doesn't offer freebsd. We do get
> > KVM over IP however, and I assume that really clever people might know
> > how to handle this sort of thing if they have console access.
>Only KVM or do you have access to a Remote console (IPMI).
>You can try to boot FreeBSD from a Network but than you need access to the
>Network from a running server to setup a TFTP and BOOTP Server. Much more
>easy would it be just to let the Computer Center guys insert a FreeBSD CD
>into the CD Drive. Thats how I install FreeBSD in remote Computer Centers.
>It Might work I you generate a Harddiskimage and use your Bootstrap OS to
>get it from net and write it to the Harddisk at the server. I never done
>this but theoretically it should work.
>As I said, the best way to du the install is to have a CD inserted and
>after install simply change the bootsequence in BIOS.
>         Estartu

Another option is install FreeBSD under VMWare ESX server.  The ESX server 
is now free.  Loading FreeBSD is straightforward using the ISO cdrom.


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