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Old 06-22-2020, 07:23 PM   #1
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Is there a way to virtualization to use Windows on OpenBSD


Hi everyone, I want to give a chance to OpenBSD but I have to use Windows7 at the same time because I have .exe books on Windows 7 which are wine can not handle it. So can I use Windows7 on OpenBSD as vm or maybe with ssh?

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Old 06-22-2020, 07:43 PM   #2
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OpenBSD supports virtualization. Here's the OpenBSD FAQ on virtualization. https://www.openbsd.org/faq/faq16.html

In addition, the FreeBSD handbook states that FreeBSD has VirtualBox capabilities.
 
Old 06-22-2020, 09:56 PM   #3
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MS offered some VM's to be used for building but they would be fine to import to your VM. To use a current physical windows 7 isn't easy since hal will be different.

You also can build off the newer Windows 10 iso's that will work for some limited time maybe an hour after 30 days.
 
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I know you've already marked this [SOLVED], but if you are considering operating Windows as a guest of OpenBSD:
  • The vmm(4) hypervisor does not support Windows guests. Graphics consoles for guests are not available.
  • There is no WINE or other Windows emulator available with OpenBSD.
Generally, if someone needs both of these OSes on a single workstation, multibooting is the usual choice. Be advised: caution and care is needed to configure multibooting, and backing up data to prevent inadvertent loss is strongly advised.

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Old 06-23-2020, 09:39 AM   #5
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I know you've already marked this [SOLVED], but if you are considering operating Windows as a guest of OpenBSD:
  • The vmm(4) hypervisor does not support Windows guests. Graphics consoles for guests are not available.
  • There is no WINE or other Windows emulator available with OpenBSD.
Generally, if someone needs both of these OSes on a single workstation, multibooting is the usual choice. Be advised: caution and care is needed to configure multibooting, and backing up data to prevent inadvertent loss is strongly advised.
Thanks for your reply!
 
Old 06-24-2020, 08:36 PM   #6
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Hi everyone, I want to give a chance to OpenBSD but I have to use Windows7 at the same time because I have .exe books on Windows 7 which are wine can not handle it. So can I use Windows7 on OpenBSD as vm or maybe with ssh?
you can set up the opposite:
Windows VM host and OpenBSD VM client.

The real reason is that OpenBSD multicore cpu support is quite rudimental and all that requires CPU power will run slow. Running Windows as VM client in OpenBSD VM host would be real pain.

while OpenBSD does not support VirtualBox it runs quite happily as VM client in full screen resolution which makes it usable.
While you will not have clipboard and seamless mouse support you can share files by settin up nfs shares.

I have Slackware linux VM host and OpenBSD VM client running.
I did compile custom kernel for OpenBSD but this is not necessary.
Running VM is just more confortable now than multibooting.
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