bhyve (pronounced "bee hive", formerly written as BHyVe) is a type-2[1][2] hypervisor written for FreeBSD[3], that has now been ported to a number of illumos based distributions including SmartOS[4] and OmniOS[5]. bhyve runs FreeBSD 9+, OpenBSD, NetBSD, Linux, illumos, DragonFly and Windows NT[6] (Windows Vista and later, Windows Server 2008 and later) guests. Current development efforts aim at widening support for other operating systems for the x86-64 architecture.


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  6. "bhyve Windows Virtual Machines". FreeBSD Wiki.

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