Thanks for the response Michael! I understand now. Just wanted to let you know
that Hyper-V Gen2 VMs do not have a virtual FDD. Not that we have FreeBSD
supported on it yet but the scenarios you describe may not work on Gen2 FreeBSD
virtual machines today. Thanks again for the feedback.
From: Michael Dexter [mailto:edi...@callfortesting.org]
Sent: Monday, November 11, 2013 10:13 PM
To: Abhishek Gupta (LIS); email@example.com
Subject: Re: Use of Floppy Drive with FreeBSD Virtual Machines
On 11/11/13 11:37 AM, Abhishek Gupta (LIS) wrote:
> Thanks so much for replying. Some follow up questions:
> a) Is it not possible to use an ISO file to do the BIOS updates?
I have not.
> b) I did not quite understand your second comment on why PCI pass
> through may promote floppy disk use. Please could you elaborate a bit
The scenario I see the most is a virtualized (HyperV, VMware etc.) FreeNAS
guest to which you pass a PCIe storage controller card to so that ZFS is given
"bare metal" access to hardware disks yet has the benefit of the fast internal
backplane if you will for networking, rather than going over copper or optical
Because the FreeNAS guest may be one among many, it would not be desirable to
reboot the whole system and boot to a floppy to apply a BIOS update to a PCIe
controller card. Again, I have not tried anything like this but it is a
possible use case of what you describe. Also mind you I never want to see
another floppy-based BIOS again but they are still out there.
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