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Date:      Tue, 28 Feb 2012 17:54:52 -0700 (MST)
From:      Warren Block <wblock@wonkity.com>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: VBox network boot
Message-ID:  <alpine.BSF.2.00.1202281752470.75289@wonkity.com>
In-Reply-To: <4F4D6C99.1000604@herveybayaustralia.com.au>
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On Wed, 29 Feb 2012, Da Rock wrote:

> On 02/29/12 03:04, Carl Johnson wrote:
>> Warren Block<wblock@wonkity.com>  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...

Sorry, it's at http://www.wonkity.com/~wblock/docs/html/pxe.html .



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