FreeBSD 8.1 as a Virtualbox Guest OS

Adam Vande More amvandemore at
Tue Feb 8 16:24:49 UTC 2011

On Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 9:33 AM, Paul Schmehl <pschmehl_lists at>wrote:

> I'm trying to setup a FreeBSD VM in Virtualbox.  The host OS is Mac OS X
> 10.6.6.  I'm already running Windows 7 64 bit with no problems.  When you
> setup a new VM, you get a first time startup scenario that asks you to point
> to a file (iso usually) that contains the setup program for the OS. Then,
> when you boot the machine, setup begins.
> That's not working for me.  I've tried both the disc iso and the dvd iso
> without success.  I haven't tried it, but I assume that if I burned the iso
> and popped it in a box that I would get the setup menu and be able to
> install the OS.
> Is there some kind of trick required to get this working inside VB?

What's the difference between a disk iso and a dvd iso?  From the VM's
settings page, chose storage.  Make sure the virtual DVD drive has the
correct iso.  Start the VM.  If you can't find the iso in the drop down list
it means you have to add it to the storage manager.  You could also put the
disc in the drive and and tell the VM to use the drive.

It's not anymore complicated than that really.  If that doesn't work, I'd
start looking at the disc and see if works.

Adam Vande More

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