FreeBSD 11.0 Deployment Soon!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

FreeBSD 11 was formally released last month and we’re very excited to start rolling it out to our clients in the coming weeks. FreeBSD 11.0 brings a host of new features and improvements including: Improved BHyve: BHyve is FreeBSD’s type-2 native hypervisor which boots virtually any FreeBSD and Linux version and now includes a native… Read more »

HOWTO: Windows 10 Under Bhyve /w FreeBSD 11

Thursday, October 27, 2016

With FreeBSD 11 comes a new version of Bhyve with a feature that makes installing Windows 10 a snap: a VNC accessible framebuffer driver! This lets any GUI OS, such as Windows, boot into graphics mode on the console. Previously getting Windows working was possible but required a lot of effort to create a custom… Read more »

SOLVED: FreeBSD + pip + virtualenv = file not found

Friday, August 19, 2016

We love python virtual environments, but under FreeBSD we occasionally see issues where pip is not correctly using the /usr/local/include and /usr/local/lib paths to compile installable modules. The Problem This can produce errors such as the below, which we saw when doing a ‘pip install pycrypto’ operation: src/_fastmath.c:36:11: fatal error: ‘gmp.h’ file not found Even… Read more »

FreeBSD Hangs on “Trying to mount root from zfs:zroot”

Friday, April 8, 2016

There are many reasons this can happen, but this one I believe is unique in terms of searching the internet for the error. We’d see a newly imaged (or restored from backup) ZFS-based server boot fine then hang here: Trying to mount root from zfs:zroot After banging my head into it for some time thinking… Read more »

Poudriere “Error: Invalid port origin ‘/usr/local/sbin/pkg’ not found”

Sunday, January 10, 2016

This was quite the random error I ran across this week and could not find anything similar or a solution. After years of faithfully building our FreeBSD pkg repository poudriere started reporting these weird errors and refused to build anything: ====>> Error: Invalid port origin ‘/usr/local/sbin/apxs’ not found. ====>> Error: Invalid port origin ‘/usr/local/sbin/pkg’ not… Read more »

Logentries (logentries.com) Under FreeBSD

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Logentries is a SaaS service which lets you stream logs (and lots of other things) from multiple locations and servers for review and processing on their platform. They provide out-of-the-box installers and packages for a number of Linux and UNIX operating systems but don’t directly support FreeBSD (yet). However their agent consists of a few… Read more »

FreeBSD Hardware RAID vs. GMIRROR vs. ZFS

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The ultimate storage shootout! With years of building and testing servers in various configurations we have always suspected hardware RAID was not all that it’s cracked up to be. FreeBSD’s GMIRROR and ZFS are great, but up until now it’s been a gut feeling combined with anecdotal evidence. Today, we change that. The Test Setup… Read more »

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