Softlayer VPS: Loading FreeBSD

Dan Busarow dan at buildingonline.com
Fri Jun 12 00:50:42 UTC 2015


Marc,

Checkout rootbsd.net

I have 10 VPS and 1 dedicated server there.  Excellent BSD support as
you might gather from the name.

Dan
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On 6/11/15 6:28 PM, Marc Fournier wrote:
> 
> Marc G Fournier
> Owner, Hub.Org <http://hub.org/> Hosting Solutions S.A.
> 
>> On Jun 11, 2015, at 17:13, Lacey Powers <lacey.leanne at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> On 06/11/2015 16:00, Marc Fournier wrote:
>>> Marc G Fournier
>>> Owner, Hub.Org <http://hub.org/> Hosting Solutions S.A.
>>>
>>>> On Jun 11, 2015, at 15:27, Carsten Heesch <ch at sysconfig.org.uk> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> 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?
>>> I knew when I typed this that I shouldn’t have .. :)   I don’t know what they do exactly, getting info out of htem is like pulling teeth … so far, I’m not even sure what I should be setting for ethernet configuration, although I’m suspecting “DHCP”, else I’d have to load a new ISO for each VPS I’m setting up …
>>>
>>>> Choose QCOW as the disk format in VirtualBox, and then use "qemu-img
>>>> convert" to make a raw image.
>>> I have several FreeBSD boxes, so if there is a method of converting from “XYZ -> ISO” using FreeBSD, that is cool too … I can make / configure the image on my desktop, upload to my server and do the conversion there …
>>>
>>> I can use qemu-img to pretty much convert to any format (except ISO) … but how do I get to that final step?
>>>
>>> Thinking this through … ppl make livecd’s, so this is obviously possible … does it make sense that that is all I need to do?   Although I’ve never done it, mind you, but if I were to upload a regular liveCD, and they installed / booted that, that should be it … or am I overlookign something?
>>>
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>> Hello Marc,
>>
>> Sounds like the last thing you need is to mount the image, and use mkisofs to make your own iso
>>
>> There are examples here,
>>
>> https://www.freebsd.org/doc/handbook/creating-cds.html
>>
>> and there are also tools for making releases or custom releases in /usr/src/releaseoutlined in
>>
>> man 7 release
>>
>> Which might be easier to use and customize than coercing a VirtualBox image into something useful.
>>
>> But, the basic command for making an ISO is something like this:
>>
>> |# mkisofs -R -o /tmp/FreeBSD-Custom.iso /path/to/my/mounted/disk/image|
>>
>> You might need to change the options to suit your needs, though.
>>
>> It's been awhile since I last made custom CDs.
>>
>> Hope that helps.=)
> 
> Thanks .. .we’ll see how helpful, but I’m almost ready to drop these guys and go to Backspace … there website explicitly states “FreeBSD” http://www.softlayer.com/software <http://www.softlayer.com/software> … yet nobody there seems to be much help in getting it installed … 
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