VMware provides a CLI and a Perl SDK that allows managing and monitoring vSphere and ESXi environment from Windows and Linux. The Perl SDK is also available in the FreeBSD ports tree.
Here’s how to install and, basically, use the VMware Perl SDK on FreeBSD.
Because it takes only a few minutes to do and because I didn’t find any tutorial on the Net, here’s my notes to get Xymon server running on FreeBSD.
I already managed to boot FreeBSD from ZFS ; a single disk ZFS pool. Now, let’s see how to boot FreeBSD-9-RELEASE from a ZFS pool made of 3 disks using RAIDZ configuration.
I used the
FreeBSD-9.0-RELEASE-amd64-dvd1.iso CD-ROM image.
I’m actually playing with a FreeBSD virtual instance on ESXi. I’m accessing the console from VMware vSphere client, running in a remote Windows XP instance that I access using TSE from my MacBook… A nice feature I saw on Debian is SSH remote installation.
Here’s how to install FreeBSD using a remote SSH connection.
For a while now FreeBSD had ZFS included. Since 8.x, revision 28 is available. The thing is, I don’t really like the FreeBSD package management ; but I love Debian’s one. Here’s the way to provide a stable Kernel with a decent system management on a powerful filesystem.
The installation is done on a virtual machine. The multiple disk configuration has no really use here either than looking at how to do it.