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Date:      Thu, 11 Jun 2015 17:13:17 -0700
From:      Lacey Powers <>
Subject:   Re: Softlayer VPS: Loading FreeBSD
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On 06/11/2015 16:00, Marc Fournier wrote:
> Marc G Fournier
> Owner, Hub.Org <>; Hosting Solutions S.A.
>> On Jun 11, 2015, at 15:27, Carsten Heesch <> wrote:
>>> That gave us IPMI access for the Bare Metal server we put in place,
>>> but no KVM access for VPS … for VPS, I need to create an ISO of my
>>> install, upload that and then they effectively ‘dd’ it to the VPS,
>>> which is cool, but I need to figure out how to create an image based
>>> on a VirtualBox build on a Mac OS X system :)
>> If they really just "dd" it, then a RAW image of your Virtualbox
>> instance should work, shouldn't it?
> I knew when I typed this that I shouldn’t have .. :)   I don’t know what they do exactly, getting info out of htem is like pulling teeth … so far, I’m not even sure what I should be setting for ethernet configuration, although I’m suspecting “DHCP”, else I’d have to load a new ISO for each VPS I’m setting up …
>> Choose QCOW as the disk format in VirtualBox, and then use "qemu-img
>> convert" to make a raw image.
> I have several FreeBSD boxes, so if there is a method of converting from “XYZ -> ISO” using FreeBSD, that is cool too … I can make / configure the image on my desktop, upload to my server and do the conversion there …
> I can use qemu-img to pretty much convert to any format (except ISO) … but how do I get to that final step?
> Thinking this through … ppl make livecd’s, so this is obviously possible … does it make sense that that is all I need to do?   Although I’ve never done it, mind you, but if I were to upload a regular liveCD, and they installed / booted that, that should be it … or am I overlookign something?
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Hello Marc,

Sounds like the last thing you need is to mount the image, and use 
mkisofs to make your own iso

There are examples here,

and there are also tools for making releases or custom releases in 
/usr/src/releaseoutlined in

man 7 release

Which might be easier to use and customize than coercing a VirtualBox 
image into something useful.

But, the basic command for making an ISO is something like this:

|# mkisofs -R -o /tmp/FreeBSD-Custom.iso /path/to/my/mounted/disk/image|

You might need to change the options to suit your needs, though.

It's been awhile since I last made custom CDs.

Hope that helps.=)



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