VMWare Tools for FreeBSD

Ted Mittelstaedt tedm at toybox.placo.com
Sun Mar 16 07:46:56 UTC 2008

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
> [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org]On Behalf Of Terry Sposato
> Sent: Saturday, March 15, 2008 10:52 PM
> To: freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
> Subject: VMWare Tools for FreeBSD
> Hi,
> Is there any future development work being undertaken in order to port
> vmware-tools to FreeBSD.
> As our organisation using VMWare ESX Server and a lot of our servers are
> being virtualised to save hardware costs, this would let our 
> FreeBSD servers
> follow as well.
> It does work find under Linux so I am 50% confident that it would port to
> FreeBSD if the work was done. Is it a licensing issue or another 
> reason? Not
> being a developer myself was just wondering if this has been 
> tackled and if
> it is being incorporated somewhere in the future?

Are you asking if FreeBSD can be made to run the ESX software so that
a FreeBSD server can virtualize multiple systems, or are you asking
if an ESX server can create a virtual machine that FreeBSD can run in?

If your using the commercial ESX product I would assume you would be
using it on it's own "bare metal" product incarnation which I think
uses a hacked-up version of Linux (without a compiler or any other
normal Linux tools).  In that case I do not see why you would have
a problem running multiple FreeBSD virtual servers on the ESX


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