Softlayer VPS: Loading FreeBSD

Carsten Heesch ch at
Thu Jun 11 22:27:56 UTC 2015

> That gave us IPMI access for the Bare Metal server we put in place,
> but no KVM access for VPS … for VPS, I need to create an ISO of my
> install, upload that and then they effectively ‘dd’ it to the VPS,
> which is cool, but I need to figure out how to create an image based
> on a VirtualBox build on a Mac OS X system :)

If they really just "dd" it, then a RAW image of your Virtualbox
instance should work, shouldn't it?

Choose QCOW as the disk format in VirtualBox, and then use "qemu-img
convert" to make a raw image.

qemu-img apparently understands other formats like VDI and VDMK too, but
I have only ever used QCOW-to-RAW myself for similar situations with
other providers.

I haven't got any OSX devices available at the moment, but apparently
Qemu is available in Macports and should contain qemu-img.


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