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This page lists a collection of tips and tricks to help you get the most out of VirtualBSD. Be sure to check back often!

VMware Specific

Note: Unless your VMware software is out of date you can probably change the following settings via its Graphical User Interface.


Locate the file VirtualBSD 9.0.vmx inside the VirtualBSD folder. Depending on your settings the .vmx suffix may or may not show, but the icon of the file to edit looks exactly the same as the standard VMware icon.  Right click on it and select "Open With...".  If Notepad appears in the list, select it.  Otherwise select "Other..." and select it from the expanded list. 

Mac OS X

Just use the Settings menu in VMware Fusion while VirtualBSD is not running.


Locate the directory containing the virtual machine for VirtualBSD and edit VirtualBSD 9.0.vmx -- and no, we won't get into the vi/emacs argument here! ;-)

Okay, now that you know what to modify, here's the tips proper:

Dedicating More/Less RAM to VirtualBSD

Enabling Additional CPUs

VirtualBSD Specific

Of course these tips are applicable to any FreeBSD installation, but they are likely to be especially useful for VirtualBSD:

Changing The Timezone

Recovering Disk Space

Note: In case you're new to FreeBSD and would like to explore, you can refer to the excellent FreeBSD Handbook. Point Firefox  to /usr/local/share/doc/freebsd/handbook/index.html and don't worry if some stuff flies over your head at first: we've all been there -- and if you stick to what's provided by VirtualBSD you can ignore most of it anyway.

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