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Installing FreeBSD 8.1

This page is a cheat sheet for installing a default configuration of FreeBSD. After you have burned the download to a DVD drive then boot from that DVD.

These steps will quickly get your FreeBSD system to the point where it has the O/S installed and configured enough so that you can securely SSH into it to finish building and configuring the host.

Ethernet Configuration: IPv4 DHCP
  1. Select option 1, boot FreeBSD default.
  2. Sysinstall: Standard installation.
  3. Drives: Choose a drive to install to. The list might look something like this:
  4. FDISK Partition Editor:
    A = Use entire disk.
    S = Set bootable.
    Q = Finish.
  5. Boot Manager: S = Standard MBR.
  6. FreeBSD Disk Partitions (FreeBSD Disklabel Editor):
    A = Auto defaults. This command may produce a partition layout that looks like the table below.
  7. Distribution: All (all system sources and binaries).
  8. Ports Collection: Yes.
  9. Install Media: CD/DVD.
  10. Done: OK.
  11. Configure Ethernet: Yes. The devices capable of running the Ethernet protocol will be displayed, and may look similar to the following:
    re0 RealTek 8139C/8169/8169S/8110S PCI Ethernet Card
    sis0 SiS 900/SiS 7016 PCI Ethernet Card
    fwe0 FireWire Ethernet Emulator
    fwip0 IP over FireWire
    plip0 Parallel Port IP (PLIP) peer connection
  12. Try IPv6 configuration of the interface? No
  13. Try DHCP configuration of the interface? Yes
    Host: <host-name>   Domain: <your-domain-name>
    IPv4 Gateway:   Name Server:
    re0 Configuration: IPv4 Address:
  14. Should this machine be a network gateway? No
  15. Configure inetd and associated services? No
  16. Enable ssh login? Yes
  17. Allow anonymous FTP? No
  18. Configure as NFS server? No
  19. Configure as NFS client? No
  20. Customize system console settings? No
  21. Set time zone? Yes
  22. PS/2, serial, or bus mouse? No
  23. Browse the ports collection? No
  24. Add a user? Yes
  25. Set admin password? Yes
  26. Change any more options? No
  27. X = Exit Install.

 Part. MountSize (MB)
 ad4s1a /
 512 UFS2 Y
 ad4s1b swap 4096 SWAP 
 ad4s1c /var 8939 UFS2+S Y
 ad4s1d /tmp 512 UFS2+S Y
 ad4s1e /usr 176 UFS2+s Y