Installing XenServer Tools on a FreeBSD 10 VM/Guest

There’s plenty of conflicting, outdated information floating around as to how to install XenServer Tools on a FreeBSD guest.

Fortunately, it’s no longer necessary to manually copy and create a bunch of magic files and scripts—XenServer integration is now only a port away.

  1. Ensure your kernel is built with the following:
    options XENHVM    # Xen HVM kernel infrastructure
    device xenpci          # Xen HVM hypervisor services driver
  2. Install the sysutils/xe-guest-utilities port.
    (This will install sysutils/xen-guest-tools as a dependency.)
  3. Add the following line to /etc/rc.conf:
  4. To enable integration without rebooting, run:
    /usr/local/etc/rc.d/xenguest start

As soon as you run the above command, the XenCenter UI should immediately update to reflect the availability of the graceful Shut Down, Reboot, and Suspend actions.

One thought on “Installing XenServer Tools on a FreeBSD 10 VM/Guest”

  1. The easiest way to install XenServer tools on FreeNAS / NAS4Free
    pkg install -Rf sysutils/xe-guest-utilities

    (require internet connection)

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