How-to Install FreeBSD 11 on VMware Workstation Step-by-Step Easy Guide

February 25th, 2017 by thelinuxevangelist

FreeBSD 11 Quick-Start on VMware Workstation




The Tutorial Shows You Step-by-Step How-to Install Unix FreeBSD 11.x i386/amd64 on VMware Workstation 10/11/12 for Microsoft Windows Computers.

Some FreeBSD 11 New Features:

  • Updated OpenSSH
  • Extended Wireless Support
  • Support for AArch64/arm64
  • Updates on: svnlite, libblacklist and bhyve Hypervisor.

To the FreeBSD Installation Guide Bottom Linkt to VMware Tools Installation that is Necessary for FreeBSD 11 Desktops Mouse Integration on VMware Virtual Machine.

Just Take the Time of Carefully Looking, Reading and Following the Detailed Instructions and Commands Contained in this Guide.

FreeBSD 11 Installation Steps on VMware Workstation 12 - Featured
  1. Download FreeBSD 11 ISO i386/amd64 Release:

    Get FreeBSD 11 ISO



  2. How-to Create a VMware Workstation FreeBSD VM

    Create Workstation VM from ISO
  3. Boot the FreeBSD 11 VM

  4. Enter to Start Installation
    Use the Arrows, the Tab & Space Keys to Make/Switch Selections.

  5. Set Up KeyMap
    Use the Arrows to Change Selection.


    Then ‘Enter’ to Select.

  6. Set HostName
    ‘localhost’ should be Fine.


    Again ‘Enter’ for OK.

  7. Eventually Select Optional Components


    ‘Enter’ for OK.

  8. Start Partitioning


    Just ‘Enter’ to Follow with Guided Partitioning.

  9. Entire Disk Partitioning


    Press ‘Enter’ to Partitioning the Entire Disk.

  10. MBR Partition


    Press ‘Enter’ to Choose MBR DOS Partitions.

  11. Finish Partitioning


    ‘Enter’ to Finishing.

  12. Set Up Root Pass
    Take Note of the Root Pass!

  13. Start Network Config


    ‘Enter’ to Starting Configuration.

  14. Configure IPV4


    ‘Enter’ to Confirm.

  15. Configure DHCP


    ‘Enter’ to Confirm.

  16. Configure IPV6


    ‘Enter’ to Confirm.

  17. Configure SLAAC


    ‘Enter’ to Confirm.

  18. Setting Up Network Configuration


    ‘Enter’ to Confirm.

  19. Set UTC Time Zone
    Use thy Arrows to Choose Your Continent.


    ‘Enter’ to Confirm.

  20. For US then Set also the UTC Time Country


    ‘Enter’ to Confirm.

  21. Then also the UTC Time Zone Country


    ‘Enter’ to Confirm.

  22. Set Date & Time
    With Arrow Select First ‘Set Date’ and Confirm with Enter.


    Then ‘Set Time’ and Confirm with Enter.

  23. Set Boot Up Services
    Space Bar to Make Selections.
    Select Mouse to be Enabled on Shell and Synchronize Time.


    ‘Enter’ to Confirm.

  24. System Hardening
    May be good to select at least Clean the /tmp on StartUp.


    ‘Enter’ to Confirm.

  25. Adding Users


    ‘Enter’ to Confirm.

  26. Setting Up New User
    Eventually Take Note of the New User’s Pass.


    ‘yes’ to Confirm for User Creation.
    Then ‘no’ to Achieve the wizard.

  27. Exit


    ‘Enter’ to Confirm.

  28. Eventually Open Shell for Packages and Desktop SetUp

    Getting-Started Installing Packages and Desktop on FreeBSD 11:

    FreeBSD 11 Package Manager Initial SetUp
  29. How-to Install VMware Tools for FreeBSD 11:

    VMware Tools Installation Guide
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