I installed Citrix XenServer 7.2 on a spare server, created a small VM running FreeBSD/amd64 head r347896, and updated the host all the way to XS 7.6. Upgrading to Citrix Hypervisor 8.0.0 requires boot media, and the procedure is pretty painless. I added the XS80E001.zip update and rebooted the host. Neither a license server nor a license […]

Read More → Citrix Hypervisor 8.0.0 and FreeBSD guests running with UEFI boot firmware

As of r294999 it’s possible to boot FreeBSD/amd64 stable/10 from ZFS pools on systems running UEFI firmware. Up until now I have booted my UEFI ZFS laptop using the older boot1.efi boot loader with /boot located on a UFS partition. Earlier today I updated my EFI System Partition (ESP), put /boot back where it belongs, […]

Read More → FreeBSD’s UEFI boot loader now supports ZFS pools

Over the last few days have I experimented with UEFI and GPT in VirtualBox 4.3.26. The goal was to multiboot various operating system, in this case Windows 10 Enterprise Technical Preview 9926 x64 and FreeBSD/amd64 stable/10. First, I thought of persuading the UEFI firmware to always present its boot menu. It sure beats remembering to […]

Read More → UEFI, GPT, Windows 10, FreeBSD 10, and rEFInd

VirtualBox 4.3.24 is out, so I wanted to try out the UEFI version of the latest FreeBSD/amd64 stable/10 snapshot. It didn’t go well until I realised something important, however strange it may be.

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