Followed directions at FreeBSD handbook Pre-installation tasks.
Start by downloading image from ISO-IMAGES i386 12.1 click on
-dvd1.iso. (Approx. half hour on my 20Mb DSL)
While that's coming, download
win32diskimager on your
Windows box. (I already had it from making Dell service images for
updating BIOS and these servers.) I then discovered that it did not
see a blank DVD-ROM, nor did it see a newish (7TB) USB drive. Managed
to dig up an 8GB USB memory stick; that it could see. Wrote the disk
image to memory stick.
Boot computer, inserting this memory stick early on.
F11 key when prompted so as to go into BIOS boot
options. Once that menu comes up, down arrow to hard drive, you'll be
given an option to boot the USB stick. Note that I believe this
option is only present if there is a memory stick present.
Basically just follow prompts. The only tricky part I encountered was
trying to re-partition the main HD. Originally it had been done with
the "AUTO" option, which made the whole OS go into a single partition.
I want it broken up more than that, for example I
/tmp to be it's own partition so it cannot overflow
the OS disk use. Same is true for the
/var directory. I
had to clobber the existing partition, then create new ones. My
system is a 1.1TB RAID in BIOS config, with 32GB RAM. I chose twice
as much swap as RAM, don't know if that's appropriate or not:
16GB freebsd-unix /
32GB freebsd-unix /tmp
128GB freebsd-unix /var
GB freebsd-unix /usr
I choose to install ports and src, no debug stuff as this is a production server. Note that I use packages as opposed to building from ports whenever possible.
Suggested order of install/setup: