vmware tools for ESX Server 3.5

B. Cook bcook at poughkeepsieschools.org
Thu Sep 4 13:05:11 UTC 2008

On Sep 3, 2008, at 12:11 PM, John Nielsen wrote:

> On Wednesday 03 September 2008, B. Cook wrote:
>> I am setting up FreeBSD 7.0 and he is asking about the vmware-tools.
>> Ports has some things, but I am not sure what I need, and neither  
>> is he.
>> Can anyone tell me what it needs?
> I usually create VM's with the Intel gigabit vNIC's which can use
> FreeBSD's "em" driver. Since Xorg includes the vmmouse and vmware  
> video
> drivers already, the main things you should be looking for are the
> memory "balloon" driver and the guestd service. In the past I have  
> gotten
> these to work by using the supplied tools (on the CD image that
> is "inserted" when you select "Install VMware tools" from the host).
> However it is much easier nowadays to use the free version in
> ports/emulators/open-vm-tools (or open-vm-tools-nox11).
> JN

Well this is the other way..

FreeBSD is the guest not the host.

This is what the owner of the cluster is telling me:

The tools aren't absolutely necessary but if we can we always install  
them in guest machines.
They allow the VMWare server to gracefully shutdown the guest, improve  
memory management, replace the virtual NIC with a higher performance  
one, replace the video driver (if you are running a GUI which we  
aren't in this case.) etc
But this machine is running fine, including the nightly snapshots.

Below is the dmesg from the guest:

Copyright (c) 1992-2008 The FreeBSD Project.
Copyright (c) 1979, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
	The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.
FreeBSD is a registered trademark of The FreeBSD Foundation.
FreeBSD 7.0-RELEASE-p2 #0: Fri Jul 11 15:42:07 EDT 2008
     root at vs111.community.int:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC
Timecounter "i8254" frequency 1193182 Hz quality 0
CPU: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           E5450  @ 3.00GHz (2992.58-MHz 686- 
class CPU)
   Origin = "GenuineIntel"  Id = 0x10678  Stepping = 8
   AMD Features=0x20100000<NX,LM>
   AMD Features2=0x1<LAHF>
real memory  = 536870912 (512 MB)
avail memory = 511385600 (487 MB)
MADT: Forcing active-low polarity and level trigger for SCI
ioapic0 <Version 1.1> irqs 0-23 on motherboard
kbd1 at kbdmux0
ath_hal: (AR5210, AR5211, AR5212, RF5111, RF5112, RF2413,  
hptrr: HPT RocketRAID controller driver v1.1 (Jul 11 2008 15:39:33)
acpi0: <PTLTD   RSDT> on motherboard
acpi0: [ITHREAD]
acpi0: Power Button (fixed)
Timecounter "ACPI-safe" frequency 3579545 Hz quality 850
acpi_timer0: <24-bit timer at 3.579545MHz> port 0x1008-0x100b on acpi0
cpu0: <ACPI CPU> on acpi0
acpi_throttle0: <ACPI CPU Throttling> on cpu0
pcib0: <ACPI Host-PCI bridge> port 0xcf8-0xcff on acpi0
pci0: <ACPI PCI bus> on pcib0
pcib1: <ACPI PCI-PCI bridge> at device 1.0 on pci0
pci1: <ACPI PCI bus> on pcib1
isab0: <PCI-ISA bridge> at device 7.0 on pci0
isa0: <ISA bus> on isab0
atapci0: <Intel PIIX4 UDMA33 controller> port  
0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6,0x170-0x177,0x376,0x1050-0x105f at device 7.1 on pci0
ata0: <ATA channel 0> on atapci0
ata0: [ITHREAD]
ata1: <ATA channel 1> on atapci0
ata1: [ITHREAD]
pci0: <bridge> at device 7.3 (no driver attached)
vgapci0: <VGA-compatible display> port 0x1060-0x106f mem  
0xf8000000-0xfbffffff,0xf4000000-0xf47fffff at device 15.0 on pci0
mpt0: <LSILogic 1030 Ultra4 Adapter> port 0x1080-0x10ff mem  
0xf4800000-0xf4800fff irq 17 at device 16.0 on pci0
mpt0: [ITHREAD]
mpt0: MPI Version=
le0: <AMD PCnet-PCI> port 0x1400-0x147f irq 18 at device 17.0 on pci0
le0: 16 receive buffers, 4 transmit buffers
le0: Ethernet address: 00:50:56:83:49:9d
le0: [ITHREAD]
acpi_acad0: <AC Adapter> on acpi0
atkbdc0: <Keyboard controller (i8042)> port 0x60,0x64 irq 1 on acpi0
atkbd0: <AT Keyboard> irq 1 on atkbdc0
kbd0 at atkbd0
atkbd0: [GIANT-LOCKED]
atkbd0: [ITHREAD]
psm0: <PS/2 Mouse> irq 12 on atkbdc0
psm0: [ITHREAD]
psm0: model IntelliMouse, device ID 3
sio0: <16550A-compatible COM port> port 0x3f8-0x3ff irq 4 flags 0x10  
on acpi0
sio0: type 16550A
sio0: [FILTER]
sio1: <16550A-compatible COM port> port 0x2f8-0x2ff irq 3 on acpi0
sio1: type 16550A
sio1: [FILTER]
fdc0: <floppy drive controller> port 0x3f0-0x3f5,0x3f7 irq 6 drq 2 on  
fdc0: [FILTER]
fd0: <1440-KB 3.5" drive> on fdc0 drive 0
pmtimer0 on isa0
orm0: <ISA Option ROMs> at iomem 0xc0000-0xc7fff,0xca000-0xcafff, 
0xdc000-0xdffff,0xe0000-0xe3fff pnpid ORM0000 on isa0
ppc0: <Parallel port> at port 0x378-0x37f irq 7 on isa0
ppc0: Generic chipset (NIBBLE-only) in COMPATIBLE mode
ppbus0: <Parallel port bus> on ppc0
ppbus0: [ITHREAD]
plip0: <PLIP network interface> on ppbus0
lpt0: <Printer> on ppbus0
lpt0: Interrupt-driven port
ppi0: <Parallel I/O> on ppbus0
ppc0: [ITHREAD]
sc0: <System console> at flags 0x100 on isa0
sc0: VGA <16 virtual consoles, flags=0x300>
vga0: <Generic ISA VGA> at port 0x3c0-0x3df iomem 0xa0000-0xbffff on  
Timecounter "TSC" frequency 2992580145 Hz quality 800
Timecounters tick every 1.000 msec
hptrr: no controller detected.
acd0: CDROM <VMware Virtual IDE CDROM Drive/00000001> at ata0-master  
Waiting 5 seconds for SCSI devices to settle
da0 at mpt0 bus 0 target 0 lun 0
da0: <VMware Virtual disk 1.0> Fixed Direct Access SCSI-2 device
da0: 3.300MB/s transfers
da0: Command Queueing Enabled
da0: 20480MB (41943040 512 byte sectors: 255H 63S/T 2610C)
Trying to mount root from ufs:/dev/da0s1a

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