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Installing FreeBSD 9.0 on vSphere 5

So, FreeBSD9 was released recently. While it’s not on the VMware HCL, the prior release 8.x is, so keep in mind while it works, support may get interesting if something goes sideways.

Installing FreeBSD 9.0

Getting the bits

I pulled the 2.1GB DVD ISO from here: ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/amd64/amd64/ISO-IMAGES/9.0/

Choose the ISO that suits what your requirements. For me, the DVD image provided the best all around choice.

Set up the VM container

  1. New VM Wizard, Typical
  2. Other, FreeBSD, x64
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  3. Boot the ISO
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Next, Next, Done

Unless you’ve got some custom requirements, the defaults will generally work. Which is what I did:
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Installing VMware Tools

This here, took some doing as my FreeBSD-Fu is rusty:

  1. In the vSphere Client, mount the tools ISO
  2. Install Perl
    1. cd /usr/ports/lang/perl5.12
    2. make
    3. make install
  3. Install the tools:
    1. mkdir /mnt/cdrom
    2. mount /dev/cd0 -t cd9660 -e /mnt/cdrom
    3. cp /mnt/cdrom/vmware-freebsd-tools.tar.gz /tmp
    4. umount /mnt/cdrom
    5. cd /tmp
    6. tar -zxf ./vmware-freebsd-tools.tar.gz
    7. cd vmware-tools-distrib/
    8. ./vmware-install.pl –default (two dashes)
  4. Done!

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