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Date:      Sun, 21 Apr 2013 01:39:26 -0600
From:      Josh Beard <josh@hewbert.com>
To:        Bill Tillman <btillman99@yahoo.com>
Cc:        "freebsd-questions@freebsd.org" <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: Virtual Box on FreeBSD Server
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As others have said, you can run VirtualBox without X.  The command line
tools provided by VirtualBox are pretty comprehensive and straight-forward.
 To add to that, there's also phpVirtualBox:
https://code.google.com/p/phpvirtualbox/  that provides a nice web
interface to managing your VMs, though it appears the project is on pause
right now.  I actually have a few semi-production servers running under
VirtualBox on a Linux host, as I found far better disk performance there
for FreeBSD guests than under KVM.  Hopefully that changes soon, if it
hasn't already.


On Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 6:37 AM, Bill Tillman <btillman99@yahoo.com> wrote:

> I've been looking into setting up some Linux servers but instead I'm
> thinking that I could use Virtual Box on my FreeBSD servers to do this. I
> would like some seasoned advice from others on the following before
> proceeding:
>
> 1. As I understand it you can install Virtual Box from the ports
> collection. But then I see the instructions in the Handbook:
>
>       To launch VirtualBox, type from a Xorg session:
> % VirtualBox
> So am I to assume the only way to run Virtual Box is to have Xorg
> installed and running on the FreeBSD server?  Which is a drag because my
> current FreeBSD servers are exactly that, servers, and do not have the
> fancy video cards, monitors, etc.. to run Xorg. Is there an alternative to
> running the interface from Xorg. I'm a command line fanatic when it comes
> to servers. Or would I be able to install Xvnc or something like that and
> run it from one of my Windows 7 machines which has all the fancy
> video capabilities?
>
>
> 2. Once installed, I will be able to install something like Fedora or
> openSUSE? These will only be installed as server so I can run databases
> like MySQL in the Linux environment. The client I'm working for insists on
> using SUSE...no FreeBSD allowed. They think it's poison and are very biased
> on this so there's no talking them out of it. I need to gain experience
> using these databases on Linux, not FreeBSD.
>
> 3. I'm going to buy a 1 TB SATA drive for this setup. It will be running
> on an AMD64 server with FreeBSD 9.x or whatever is the latest release as of
> this weekend.
>
> 4. There is also a Plan 'B' to go the other way. Since I already have two
> i7 machines running Windows 7, perhaps it might be better to install the
> Windows version of Virtual Box or even VMWare and create my instances of
> Linux on one or even both of these machines.
>
> Any advice would be appreciated.
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