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    Is it possible to run FreeNAS using VMware Player, or does it have to boot from itself, so to speak?

    I have a redundant Win7 machine here, and I don't really want to wipe Win7 off of it, but it'd be great if I could run a virtual machine with FreeNAS.

    I would like to software RAID1 the drives in the box as I have almost 1.5TB of capacity in there, but don't know if this can be done through a virtual machine.


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    Yes you can run Freenas on a virtual machine.

    Set it up here when I first started playing around with freenas.

    Didn't try anything with RAID although I can't see why it wouldn't work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theeldergeek View Post
    Is it possible to run FreeNAS using VMware Player, or does it have to boot from itself, so to speak?

    I have a redundant Win7 machine here, and I don't really want to wipe Win7 off of it, but it'd be great if I could run a virtual machine with FreeNAS.

    I would like to software RAID1 the drives in the box as I have almost 1.5TB of capacity in there, but don't know if this can be done through a virtual machine.

    If this works can you reply on here :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by theeldergeek View Post
    Is it possible to run FreeNAS using VMware Player, or does it have to boot from itself, so to speak?
    Yes, I run one in VMWare Player for messing around with. Just choose Other->FreeBSD as the OS when you install it.

    I've only ever used it with USB drives so don't know how you would present hard drives in the PC to FreeNAS, except by creating virtual hard drives first.

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