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Date:      Mon, 16 Nov 2020 17:33:16 -0700 (MST)
From:      Dale Scott <dalescott@shaw.ca>
To:        "S. Franks" <bahamasfranks@gmail.com>
Cc:        freebsd-questions <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: virtualbox rdp & shutdown issues
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Fwiw I use phpVirtualBox to manage virtualbox-ose-nox11 and don't recall ever having a vm hang
on shutdown. I had been hosting an Ubuntu 20.04 vm on FreeBSD 11.3-RELEASE, but am rebuilding
the server now starting with a new 12.2 install. I will update tomorrow if I have any issues.

Regarding rdp though, I've never had it work but have also never tried to get it to work. It was
only an issue when creating the Ubuntu VM since the Ubuntu installer is interactive. My workaround
has been to create the VM on a Windows laptop with a native VirtualBox install, then export
the vm and import on my FreeBSD server.


----- Original Message -----
> From: "S. Franks" <bahamasfranks@gmail.com>
> To: "freebsd-questions" <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
> Sent: Monday, November 16, 2020 4:05:04 PM
> Subject: virtualbox rdp & shutdown issues

> Anyone have luck connecting to the rdp server built into virtualbox on
> 12.1-stable? It works like a charm on an ubuntu 20.04 host but I can't
> for the life of me get any client to connect to it when freebsd is the
> host! I can see it thinks vrdp is running with vboxmange showvminfo
> <vmid>.
> 
> On a related note, I can't shutdown a vm on freebsd. It always hangs
> and leaves it in an unusable state where I can't start again either
> and I have to re-import. Google shows this issue has been plaguing bsd
> in various forms since at least 10.x.
> 
> If I can't host vm's on freebsd, it's not very useful in the modern
> server environment. I know there's bhyve but the support from modern
> provisioning tools like vagrant and ansible is spotty at best. Source
> routing and multiple routing tables is still obscure to set up. No
> support for docker which has been out 7 years (yes, I know everyone
> will tell me to use jails, but once again those don't play with all
> the pre-existing tools out there so my workload is 10x how do I
> justify that to my boss). I'm so sad to see my all-time favorite OS
> slipping into obsolescence...but I digress. I'd still like to host
> vbox vms on it *if* I can figure out the bugs...
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