Dual booting plus Hyper-V

Polytropon freebsd at edvax.de
Mon Jun 29 07:25:22 UTC 2015

On Sun, 28 Jun 2015 15:33:14 -0500, Joshua Isom wrote:
> After many years, I'm thinking of turning my beastie into a gaming box 
> plus home server.  It's overpowered for my current use.  I'm not sure 
> wine's up to the task for hassle free gaming.

Well, wine is pretty much advanced nowadays. If wine is
not sufficient, there's winex which is a special variation
of wine intended for gaming use.

I'm running several "Windows" games myself with wine, as
well as Linux games on FreeBSD. No problems. :-)

> I think the easiest thing 
> would be running Windows on it's own hard drive with FreeBSD running in 
> Hyper-V.

That sounds like overhead...

> I'd get a dedicated windows disk as well as the BSD disks. 

The idea with dedicated disks is very good. It will allow you
to replace OS installations easily (at least with FreeBSD).
But why not simply dual-boot from one of the disks? Either
you select the boot disk in the BIOS menu (if available),
or you install the FreeBSD boot manager on the boot disk
and let it boot normally (FreeBSD) or to the "Windows" disk.
This gives you the full advantage of using FreeBSD without
the overhead and possible problems with a hypervisor.
Furthermore, today's boot processes are _fast_, so switching
from one to the other OS can be a thing of less than a minute.
The only situation where this does not work is when you need
to run both FreeBSD and "Windows" at the same time. Is that
one of your requirements?

> The system is all ZFS on GPT at the moment.  Is this 
> practical or is are there other alternatives to consider?

Native (OS-controlled) ZFS use or through a hypervisor? Hmmmm...
As I mentioned, I would go with real dual-boot instead...

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