How to Install FreeBSD on Snow Leopard using Parallels Desktop

Step by step creating virtual machine FreeBSD 7.2 on MacOSX 10.6 with Parallels Desktop 5

  1. First, make sure your MacBook already installed Mac OSX Snow Leopard 10.6 and Parallels Desktop for Mac 5.0.
  2. Open Parallels Desktop , click File > New then a window as below will apear
  3. You will be asked to choose instalation media. If you want to install FreeBSD from CD, choose “Installation CD/DVD”. For this time, I would install from CD. Insert the installation CD to your CD drive, then click Continue.
  4. A window will appear asking you to determine the operating system that will be installed. In the List Box, choose Other > FreeBSD 7.x, then click Continue.
  5. A window will appear asking you to determine the installation type. If you want to do advanced configuration, choose Custom then click Continue.
  6. A window will appear asking you to do CPU and memory configuration for virtual machine. You need to allocate your CPU and memory as many as you need. For this time, I used a processor and 256 MB of memory. Then click Continue.
  7. A window will appear asking you to determine the virtual hard disk. Choose New image file, then click Continue.
  8. A window will appear asking you to determine virtual hard disk size. I allocated 4GB. Check Expanding disk if you don’t want a fixed size (therefore it will expand if your files already bigger than the allocated space). Then click Continue.
  9. A window will appear to allow you do the network setting. For this time, I chose Bridged Networking which means I would share my internet connection to my primary OS. Click Continue
  10. A window will appear to allow you do the virtual machine performance setting. Choose Virtual Machine, then click Continue.
  11. Fill the virtual machine name and its location, then click Create
  12. Now your virtual machine already created and you are ready to install FreeBSD. Choose installation media, then click Start and it will start to boot from chosen media.
  13. First, you have to choose where you live. I chose Indonesia, then click OK.
  14. Then you have to choose keyboard type. Choose USA ISO, then click OK
  15. A main window to do the installation will appear. Choose Standard, then click Select.
  16. Now you have to allocate your hard disk space. Press A for Use Entire Disk, then click Q for Finish.
  17. An option to install Boot Manager will appear. Choose Standard, then click OK.
  18. Next, we will get label disk setting. Press A for Auto Defaults, then Q  for Finish.
  19. You will be offered to install FreeBSD port collection. Click Yes, if you want to install the port collection.
  20. A window will appear asking the distribution we want. Choose User, then click OK.
  21. A window will appear asking about installation medi Choose CD/DVD then click OK. Now you have to confirm to install FreeBSD. The installation will begin and take about 5 minutes. Then a window will appear telling you that the FreeBSD has been installed on your computer.
  22. There are a few things to configure until back to the main menu. Choose Exit Install > Yes. System now will reboot.
  23. Insert your username and password. If you don’t have any registered user yet, use “root”.
  24. Voila, FreeBSD is now ready to use.

FreeBSD supports a lot of applications like : Apache, PHP, MySQL, FTP, and many more.

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