vmware and freebsd 8

Steve Polyack korvus at comcast.net
Wed Jul 28 13:12:25 UTC 2010

On 07/28/10 09:05, Kevin Wilcox wrote:
> On 28 July 2010 00:47, kalin m<kalin at el.net>  wrote:
>> so the question is which vmware tools should i get for the fbsd 8 guests to
>> go with the esxi 4.1. in the ports there are vmware-tools6, 5, 4, 3. tried
>> six. it wants some disk. there is also the open-vmware-tools. is that open
>> one better to play with the esxi 4.1 an the vmsphere thing?
> I install vmware-guestd6 from ports so I can eliminate all of the X
> libraries getting installed. ESXi should come with a freebsd.iso file
> that you can use for the tools install (I'm not one of our ESX
> administrators so I can't speak definitively but I did get an ISO from
> them for the tools installation).

We've always used the open-vm-tools port 
(/usr/ports/emulators/open-vm-tools-nox11).  There is both an x11 and 
"nox11" version, both of which work very well.  It also includes a 
handful of other drivers and modules, including the memory balloon driver.

If you only intend on using the vmware-guestd, vmxnet, and/or vmmemctl 
(memory ballon driver), then you can build with "-DWITHOUT_DNET 
-DWITHOUT_ICU -DWITHOUT_FUSE" to eliminate a few more dependencies.


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