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February 2, 2010

VMware serial consoles.

Filed under: FreeBSD,Virtualization — tmclaugh @ 5:45 pm

I’ve recently run into a problem with 7-STABLE on VMware ESXi 3.5u4.


  1. Did you find the problem? I should add that I also have 7-stable machines running on ESXi 3.5 (only u3) without problems.

    Comment by Ivan Voras — February 2, 2010 @ 9:59 pm

  2. Thanks, a useful post. What I’d find even more useful is a way to connect the first VM’s serial port to an IP port on the VM host. Then it could be connected to from any remote system over the network to access the console of the VM. And it could be done for as many VMs as there were on the host.

    Comment by Tim — February 3, 2010 @ 3:43 am

  3. @Ivan: I’ve tracked it down to probably either r203047 or r203073 as the culprits. Both were in the time frame between me being able to build a working kernel and then having a broken kernel after testing yesterday. Can you try an amd64 VM? I should try an i386 VM and see what happens.

    @Tim: If there was something like that or even physical serial port pass through then ESXi would be come a possible option for use in the FreeBSD cluster.

    Comment by tmclaugh — February 3, 2010 @ 9:50 am

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