Cloning a FreeBSD system

Stephen Cook sclists at
Sat Mar 3 07:10:17 UTC 2012

On 3/2/2012 11:57 PM, Shane Ambler wrote:
> On 28/02/2012 03:24, Stephen Cook wrote:
>> I have FreeBSD 9.0 installed as a VirtualBox guest, and I plan on
>> cloning it repeatedly to set up a fake network for me to toy with (e.g.
>> setting up clusters of replicated databases, web server pools, etc).
> Another option to look at is using FreeBSD's Jails. Handbook chapter 16
> Basically you can setup multiple jails on the machine that use the
> kernel of the base system (so it's not an entire emulated machine) but
> each jail has it's own environment, apps etc.

I read up on jails and I am impressed, I had a vague idea about them but 
they are apparently a lot more powerful than I thought. This will get 
some use from me in the future when I'm setting up real servers.

However, for what I'm currently doing, I want to stick with a bunch of 
VirtualBox VMs so I can simulate database failover by killing the VM in 
rude way, dynamically throw another "machine" into the mix, etc.


-- Stephen

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