FW: VMWare Tools for FreeBSD

Ted Mittelstaedt tedm at toybox.placo.com
Mon Mar 17 07:34:07 UTC 2008

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
> [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org]On Behalf Of Terry Sposato
> Sent: Sunday, March 16, 2008 3:04 PM
> To: freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
> Subject: Re: FW: VMWare Tools for FreeBSD
> <SNIP>
> >>
> >> Ted Mittelstaedt wrote:
> >>> 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
> >>> server.
> >>>
> >> That's not what OP is asking. He wants to run FreeBSD as VM in ESX.
> >> There's currently no support from VMWare for FreeBSD, but it
> runs anyway.
> >>
> >
> > I figured that was what he was asking, but we should probably
> > hear from him to make sure that this is really what he was asking.
> >
> > Unfortunately,
> > the original post was either from someone who didn't use English
> > as their native language, or they are paying for their Internet
> > connection by-the-byte and were trying to make the question as
> > short as possible, as a result, the entire meaning of the post
> > was lost.
> >
> > Ted
> >
> OK, maybe I was not clear enough so I will try again.
> I want to run FreeBSD as a VM Guest on a VMWare ESX Server. Currently
> there is no problem with it and it works fine. The problems arise when
> you want to take advantage of the HA ability of ESX Server, as it only
> supports Virtual Machines with the VM Tools running.
> So what I am asking is if someone has ever though about porting the
> VMWare Tools to run in a FreeBSD Virtual Machine image.

Terry, Jeff Dickens replied this morning - perhaps his mail
crossed yours?  The answer is yes, you can do it with the
free vm tools from the free vmware product.  If you have
problems compiling these, please post.


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