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Running Arch Linux using OpenBSD vmd(8)


I had difficulties running Linux as a virtual machine using OpenBSD vmd(8). Ubuntu LTS crashed during installation wizard, Debian 9 does not seem to ship with virtio drivers, Alpine randomly freezes the console and Slackware … well slack has not been updated in years. Arch Linux seems to run well. And as I didn’t find a complete guide to install and run it using OpenBSD vmd(8), here are my notes.

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Automated OpenBSD deployment on vmd(8)


Now that I have an OpenBSD server hosted in the Wild and capable of doing virtualization , I’ll migrate all my VM hosted on Synology Virtual Machine Manager. But even if the OpenBSD installer is straight forward, deploying tens of VM takes some time. So I set up an automated environment that provides fast and (nearly) finger-less deployment.

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Upgrade encrypted OpenBSD to 6.2 in Vultr hosting


Because OVH hosting is damm slow, I tested Vultr hosting (because they are *BSD friendly). I first tried OpenBSD 6.2-beta, then upgraded to 6.2. Of course, root is encrypted. Here’re my notes.

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The Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) in VMware ESXi


Looking for a option to replace my DS409slim, I discovered that it is possible to run the Synology system, aka DSM, on a simple VMware virtual machine. You’ll need a special boot loader from XPEnology and the stock Synology firmware.

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The FreeBSD hypervisor using VirtualBox


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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