Getting FreeBSD to run on VMware Player is quite simple and can be done in a few steps.
Select a name and a location for where to store the virtual machine. [screenshot].
Next choose how much hard disk space you would like to use for the virtual machine. [screenshot]. Here you also choose whether to split up virtual hard disk into small files or 1 large file. If you have enough disk space available choosing a single large file for the hard drive can and probably will give you a performance boost. [screenshot].
Important don’t click “Finish” just yet [screenshot]. There are a few things we need to configure before starting up the virtual machine, so click “Customize Hardware”.
Make sure the CD/DVD is set to “Connected At Power On” [screenshot].
First make sure the Network adapter is set to “Connect At Power On” [screenshot]. Next chose what network settings to go for, that would be either NAT [screenshot] or Bridged [screenshot]. If choosing bridged and this is done on a laptop be sure to check the box “Replicate physical network connection state” by doing this you will not having any issues when switching from LAN to Wi-Fi.
Once you are done click “Close” and you are being returned to the “Customize Hardware” settings screen. [screenshot] Here you click “Finish” and we are back at the VMware Player main screen [screenshot].
Start The Virtual Machine
You are now ready to fire up your VM by clicking the “Big Green” play button [screenshot]. Once clicked you will see FreeBSD boot up and ready to be installed [screenshot] just as if it was a physical machine.
And we are done here.