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.
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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.
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VirtualBox is a virtualization software that allows running several OSes on a single host machine. It was first a free VMware Workstation-like tools but has grown quite a bit now. You can now run virtual machines headless, like you do with Xen or KVM.
Here’s a little tour on setting up an hypervisor using VirtualBox on FreeBSD 9.
BTW: Why FreeBSD? Because it features ZFS filesystem version 5 and ZFS pool version 28.
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On my way for a new experiment, I want to share a UFS and a ZFS partitions on a single disk using FreeBSD 9. Although it is a quite arguable configuration, it is quite simple achieve.
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Here are my notes on how to configure a full ZFS-based FreeBSD system. In this particular case, the system is “FreeBSD 9.0-CURRENT #0: Thu May 12 15:34:46 UTC 2011” and it runs on a Dell Inspiron Mini 1012 (Intel Atom N450) with 1GB of RAM. This is just a P.O.C. as it is said that ZFS would required at least 2GB of RAM to perform nicely.
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