There’s not a lot of choice for FreeBSD users who want to run virtual machines on a FreeBSD server. There’s of course Jails, which is perfect if you want to run only FreeBSD guests. And there’s some development taking place in order to run Xen Dom0 on FreeBSD, but I don’t think that’s anywhere near usable yet.
That leaves us “only” with VirtualBox. To be honest, I haven’t taken it seriously so far, because I perceived it as a tool to quickly spin up VMs on a desktop environment only. (With its main benefit being that it runs on a number of operating systems for free. This comes in handy if you need to provide OS images to developers, for example.)
It wasn’t until I gave it a go on a Linux server that I realised how powerful it has become over the last few years. And the good news: There’s a FreeBSD port for it, which is under active development. Read the rest of this entry »