Subject: Re: Success runinng NetBSD in a Microsoft Virtual Server
To: Emmanuel Kasper <>
From: Chavdar Ivanov <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 09/29/2006 16:23:57
On 9/28/06, Emmanuel Kasper <> wrote:
> Hello
> Of curiosity I tryed to install NetBSD into a Microsoft Virtual Server. It
> is a kind of Microsoft VmWare like solution, you can get acess to the
> emulated system through Internet Explorer. Everything like color
> installer, switch to virtual consoles, X server works as expected. It has
> alos a nice full screen mode you really mnake you thing you're into
> NetBSD.
> Here is  a screenshot and the over traditional dmesg.
> Manu
> NetBSD 3.0.1 (GENERIC) #0: Thu Jul 13 23:43:47 UTC 2006

I have been running three different NetBSD machines under the same
server, together with an OpenBSD firewall, FreeBSD based NAS solution
(freenas) and a few more W2K server/workstation machines. It's quite
handy to test various installations, and as I work in a customer
support environment, to create setups siimilar to what they have
inhouse - firewalls, active directory etc. The OpenBSD machine acts as
a firewall to most of the others, which are attached to the virtual
network; the firewall has one network i/f going to the real one, and
one to the virtual; this gives me an easy means of testing pf rules,
without disturbing the 'metal' in action and without having to resort
to taking old boxes wasting electricity (ya, I can claim I am

But then VMWare server is also (beer) free, XEN is - well, admitedly a
little more difficult to setup, but free/open as well; you have got to
pay some money for Parallels, which looks quite good (two weeks free
evaluation available). So there you are - NetBSD runs fine on all of
them (I have XEN3 DOM0 on my laptop, but I don't use it often, as I
did not bother to modify the kernel config file to get support for my
wireless card; the wired works fine).  And X11 also runs fine in
these. (on my laptop, when I have to boot XP, I also have VMWare
server and Microsoft Virtual PC to fire up an occasional xBSD machine
- handy from time to time).