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Creating a FreeBSD Server

We have chosen FreeBSD as the operating system as it is free, is relativity secure, and can be loaded directly from the Internet. We also find that a bare FreeBSD server has less processes and requires less resources than any modern version of Windows or standard distribution of Linux. It is also well documented and has many ports that increase the functionality.

The article is written for FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE amd64. If time allows I will update the page at a later date. I am using Virtual Box on a Windows 7 computer as a host. This document will walk through a network set up from the Internet. I will end the set up at the point that you can decide to use the install as an image. For the most part this setup can be done by simply clicking on through the set up process, please select options that fit your needs.

We start out by downloading FreeBSD from the website. Of course you will need to download the iso for the current version that is correct for your machine's architecture For this document I have downloaded the "FreeBSD-10.1-RELEASE-amd64-bootonly" iso. We will be booting from the image in Virtual Box, you may need to burn the image to a DVD. When the image is loaded boot the computer.

These are the steps with documenting images:

  1. Keyboard
  2. Name the Computer
  3. Select Options
  4. Network
  5. Partition the Hard Drive
  6. Wait
  7. Set the time zone
  8. Services
  9. Users
  10. Completing Install
  11. Where Next