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Date:      Wed, 29 Feb 2012 10:08:57 +1000
From:      Da Rock <>
Subject:   Re: VBox network boot
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In-Reply-To: <87d38yc2is.fsf@oak.localnet>
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On 02/29/12 03:04, Carl Johnson wrote:
> Warren Block<>  writes:
>> On Tue, 28 Feb 2012, Da Rock wrote:
>>> I'm starting to believe this dog won't hunt (in fact is dead,
>>> bloated, and full of worms...); but has anyone got a solution for
>>> network booting in VBox on FBSD host?
>> To PXE-boot a VM guest, set networking to to Bridged and use the
>> PCnet-PCI II (Am79C970A) adapter type.  If the host is FreeBSD, the
>> vboxnet kernel module has to be loaded.
> Please emphasize that the PCnet-PCI II card emulation is necessary.  I
> was trying the Intel emulation and making no progress.  I then noticed
> your page and tried the PCnet-PCI II card and it started working.  I
> would guess that means their Intel card emulation is incomplete.
I took it for granted the bridge part (I usually use it anyway), but I 
would never have guessed the PCnet card in a blue fit! There was even a 
PR on virtualbox for the issue of the lack of PXE with Oracle basically 
saying "too bad, so sad...". Apparently PXE licensing didn't allow them 
to distribute it directly, but offer an extension pack (which doesn't 
work on FBSD) instead. Ergo my conclusion. Apparently (based on this 
thread) it only affects intel cards though...

Where is your page Warren, and why didn't it show up in my searches? ;) 
I'll follow it from here on out I think...

Thanks guys... saved me a lot more fussing!

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