VMWare Tools on FreeBSD 10

LOGO1This article shows us how to use VMWare Tools on FreeBSD 10.

As of February 2014, VMware Tools that come with ESXi 5 or Fusion don’t work out of the box on FreeBSD 10. I wrote some patches so that one can compile them manually. Luckily, FreeBSD 10 comes with support for vmxnet3 virtual network cards. Anyhow, you’ll need at least the kernel source tree in /usr/src/sys, Perl, and compat6x-amd64 (or compat6x-i386).

For full instructions, head on over to the following link: http://ogris.de/vmware/freebsd10.html

I wrote an automated installer for the source code patches so people could easily do this on both 5.1+ and 5.5


You should also mention http://open-vm-tools.sourceforge.net/faq.php as in most cases people won’t need the official tools and are fine with the one in ports.

* Thanks to reader Miklos for the tip!

BSDNow.TV Episode 50: VPN, My Dear Watson

In this BSD Now episode, hosts Kris Moore and Allan Jude show us how to protect our internet traffic with a BSD-based VPN. In addition, they have an interview with Robert Watson, of the FreeBSD core team, regarding security research, exploit mitigation, etc. Click play below to tune in:

Check out the official page here: http://www.bsdnow.tv/episodes/2014_08_13-vpn_my_dear_watson

FreeBSD Journal July/August Issue now available

The 4th and July/August edition of the FreeBSD Journal is now available through Amazon, iTunes, and the Google store. In this issue, there are sections about FreeBSD and virtualization, Amazon’s EC2, bhyve, Xen, the USE Method, etc.

Check out the official post here: http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2014/08/julyaugust-issue-of-freebsd-journal-now.html

More information on how to subscribe here: https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/journal

Simple ZFS Backup Script

This article by Daemon Security shows us how to create a simple ZFS backup script in FreeBSD.

ZFS is a powerful filesystem that helps to maintain integrity by avoiding data corruption. A useful feature of ZFS is its ability to clone filesystems. Creating snapshots allows for filesystems to be cloned and restored if anything happens to the original data. Going beyond this is the ability to maintain incremental changes between snapshots. There are a number of scripts available that setup a similar backup system, but the idea here is to maintain a current dataset, with the ability to restore from two previous backups.

The first step is to setup a backup system, or backup drive to use for the ZFS snapshots. In this setup, there is a separate remote FreeBSD system where the snapshots will be stored. This remote system has an encrypted ZFS filesystem (AES XTS with geli on boot), which provides a secure backup of the data. The root account on the local system is setup with an SSH key and this is deployed to the remote system:

Check out the official post for step-by-step instructions: http://www.daemon-security.com/2014/08/zfsbackup-0805.html

iXsystems Hosting MeetBSD California 2014, Western Digital San Jose

MEETBSD2014iXsystems will be hosting this year’s MeetBSD California, at Western Digital located in San Jose. This “unConference” will take place on November 1-2, 2014.

MeetBSD California is the premier BSD conference in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since its inception in 2008, MeetBSD California has been held every two years in Silicon Valley, bringing together BSD community members from all over the region and around the world.

Previous settings for MeetBSD California have included the Google and Yahoo! campuses and the Hacker Dojo in Mountain View. This year’s venue, the Western Digital campus in San Jose, will remind attendees that the hardware BSD runs on is just as important as the applications it can run.

Matt Rutledge, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Storage Technologies for WD, said “Open Source technology continues to be key to the future of scalable, maintainable computer systems, and groups like those that develop the BSD operating systems are a key part of that ecosystem. We’re thrilled to welcome the BSD community to WD for MeetBSD 2014, and look forward to the open, collaborative innovation they represent.”

Check out MeetBSD.com for more information on how to register.

Official announcement: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08/prweb12077427.htm