TrueCommand VM Installation

Installing TrueCommand in a Virtual Machine

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TrueCommand is typically installed and managed using a Docker container. However, TrueCommand also has virtual machine images available for installing TrueCommand in a virtualized environment. TrueCommand has both VMDK and VHDX files for virtual machine installs available from Most virtual machine applications, including VMware and VirtualBox, support TrueCommand VMDK files. Hyper-V users should use a TrueCommand VHDX file.

These are the minimum specifications for a TrueCommand virtual machine:

  • RAM: at least 2GB
  • Storage: at least 20GB
  • CPU: at least 2 cores
  • Network: Use NAT, Bridged, or Host-only depending on your host networking configuration.

After downloading the appropriate TrueCommand file, extract the TrueCommand VMDK or VHDX file to a location on your system that is accessible by your virtual machine application. Launch your virtual machine application. In this example, VMware Workstation Player on Windows is being used.

When VMware Player is open, click Create a New Virtual Machine

Select I will install the operating system later and click Next. Select Linux as the guest operating system and Debian 10.x 64-bit as the version. Click Next.

The virtual machine can be given a name and the location can be selected. To keep the default values, click Next. Enter the maximum size of the disk to be used for storage and set Store virtual disk as a single file. The recommended disk size is at least 20GB. Click Next. Review the settings for the virtual machine and click Finish.

Now that the virtual machine has been created, we need to add our TrueCommand virtual image to the machine. Select the virtual machine from the list and click Edit virtual machine settings.

Next, click Add…. The TrueCommand file downloaded earlier is a virtual hard disk. Select Hard Disk from the list of options and click Next. Select SCSI and click Next. Ensure that Use an existing virtual disk is set and click Next.

It then prompts to select an existing virtual disk from the host system. Click Browse… and select the TrueCommand virtual disk (.vmdk file) that was downloaded earlier. Click Finish. If VMware player prompts to convert the virtual disk to a new format, click Keep Existing Format.

The final step is to remove the initial hard disk that was created when the virtual machine was created. Select the virtual machine from the list and click Edit virtual machine settings. Select the first hard disk and click Remove.

The TrueCommand virtual machine is now ready to be used. To boot the TrueCommand virtual machine, select it from the list of virtual machines and click Play virtual machine. TrueCommand usage documentation is available on the TrueNAS Documentation Hub at