FreeBSD and vmware

Steve Polyack korvus at
Wed Mar 17 20:55:54 UTC 2010

On 03/17/10 16:34, Erik Norgaard wrote:
> Hi:
> I have a dual boot Windows/FreeBSD which I use for work, I just tried 
> today to create a virtual machine with vmware on windows to start up 
> the installed FreeBSD.
> This works except for three problems:
> - The disk device is renamed, I suppose I can just dublicate the 
> entries in the fstab, the devices not found won't be mounted, I'll get 
> an error but problem solved?
I think your best solution for this is to use glabel(8) to setup 
permanent labels on the drives.  You can then mount the label in fstab 
by replacing the device name with the appropriate /dev/label/labelname 
entry.  This will prevent the changes in disk device numbering or naming 
from causing you any more grief.

> - I can't see the network devices from vmware
Do you mean you can't see a NIC from within FreeBSD on top of VMware?  
You will have to choose "Other (64-bit)" for the OS type and/or choose 
the e1000/Intel1000 device within VMware for the virtual network card.  
FreeBSD has great support for this card, virtual attempt physical.

> - I can't start xwindows, no monitor is found
Try /usr/ports/x11-drivers/xf86-video-vmware

> Any clues?
> Thanks, Erik

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