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OpenBSD + VMTools
Authored by: victory on Jun 26, '11 02:32:15PM

Just a hint for anyone who uses OpenBSD under VMware apps (incl. Fusion). As of release 4.9, OpenBSD now includes a basic kernel driver (vmt) by default that plays a similar role as VMTools. (In the past, the best you could hope for was installing the FreeBSD version of VMTools using a special 'freebsd-compatibility' mode). Granted the new vmt driver isn't as full-featured as the VMTools/OpenVMTools, but it does recognize the basic soft power commands and such. In short, as of OpenBSD 4.9, the OS is significantly more virtualization-aware (at least under VMware environments).

One other OpenBSD-related hint while I'm at it. OpenBSD recognizes Apple's A1277 USB-to-Ethernet adapter without having to install any separate drivers. This is a great way to give your OpenBSD VM its own Ethernet port if you specifically *don't* want to share ports with your host Mac's native connection (via NAT/bridged mode,etc) such as if you're using your VM to do network monitoring or want to be on a different subnet, etc.



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