DragonFly BSD


I found this info and the disk images at http://www.ffnn.nl/pages/articles/linux/vmware-player-image-creation.php

Here's how to install a LiveCD ISO into a VMware Player-controlled disk image under Windows XP:

  1. Download the VMware Player application: http://www.vmware.com/download/player/ and install.
  2. Create a subdirectory, e.g. C:\Documents and Settings\smith\Desktop\dfbsd\.
  3. Download the attached VMware-compatible sparse IDE disk image stored in 20GB-ide.zip and extract it into that directory.
  4. Create a VMware virtual machine configuration file with the extension .vmx in that directory, e.g. dfbsd.vmx: see below.
  5. Change the parameter ide1:0.fileName to match the name of the ISO image.
  6. Double-click on the .vmx file.
  7. Type control-G to get mouse and keyboard focus into the VMware Player window, and proceed with a normal install.
  8. Install to the whole disk, choose lnc0 as the network device, install the boot block.

The vmx config:

 displayName = "DragonFlyBSD" 
 config.version = "7" 
 virtualHW.version = "3" 
 scsi0.present = "TRUE" 
 memsize = "192"
 MemAllowAutoScaleDown = "FALSE" 
 ide0:0.present = "TRUE" 
 ide0:0.deviceType = "ata-hardDisk" 
 ide0:0.fileName = "20GB-ide.vmdk" 
 ide1:0.present = "TRUE" 
 ide1:0.fileName = "LATEST-Devel.iso" 
 ide1:0.deviceType = "cdrom-image" 
 floppy0.present = "FALSE" 
 ethernet0.present = "TRUE" 
 ethernet0.connectionType = "nat" 
 usb.present = "TRUE" 
 sound.present = "TRUE" 
 sound.virtualDev = "es1371" 
 sound.fileName = "-1"
 sound.autodetect = "TRUE" 
 guestOS = "other" 
 ide1:0.autodetect = "TRUE" 

You can tweak memsize to adjust the memory. By default, VMWare Player creates a VLAN and does DHCP, so running dhclient works. I haven't tried to install X11. I haven't tried the Linux version of VMware Player yet. I tried the SCSI disk images, but they didn't work immediately, so I gave up and used the IDE image.

If you want to do anything fancier, you'll probably need VMware Workstation.