FreeBSD 10.x documentation covers information on how to install the operating system in a virtual machine. For additional information about the operating system, refer to the instructions included in the installation media.

FreeBSD 10.x documentation includes the following topics:

Installation Instructions

You can install FreeBSD 10.x from a DVD or CDs.


Before you begin, verify that the following tasks are complete:

  • Read General Installation Instructions for All VMware Products.
  • Download the ISO images from the FreeBSD Web site.
  • With many FreeBSD guest operating systems, various problems have been observed when the BusLogic virtual SCSI adapter is used with VMware virtual machines. VMware recommends that you use the LSI Logic virtual SCSI adapter (parallel) with this guest operating system.

Installation Steps

  1. Insert the FreeBSD 10.x CD or DVD into the CD-ROM drive.
  2. Power on the virtual machine.
  3. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.

For additional installation instructions, see http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en/books/handbook/bsdinstall.html.

Installing Tools in an FreeBSD 10.x Guest

Open VM Tools

Open VM Tools is the open source implementation of VMware Tools and consist of a suite of virtualization utilities that improves the functionality, administration, and management of virtual machines on VMware hypervisors. VMware recommends using the Open VM Tools redistributed by the operating system vendors.

To install Open VM Tools, use root privileges and run the following command: pkg install open-vm-tools

To use Open VM Tools, see knowledge base article 2073803, VMware support of open-vm-tools, at http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2073803.

VMware Tools

Prerequisites for installing VMware Tools.

  1. Use root privileges.
  2. Run pkg update.
  3. Run pkg install perl5.
  4. For 64-bit machine, run pkg install compat6x-amd64.
  5. For 32-bit machine, run pkg install compat6x-i386.

For information on VMware Tools, see Knowledge base article 1014294, General VMware Tools installation instructions, at http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1014294.

Knowledge Base Articles for FreeBSD 10.x Guest

The following link refers to knowledge base articles on operating system specific issues. See VMware Knowledge Base for a list of known issues about the operating system.

VMware Compatibility Guide

The VMware Compatibility Guide Web site lists supported guest and host operating systems and provides related support information.

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