Hi Dennis,

Bhyve newbie trying to get it to start.

 No problems.

I am getting the FreeBSD loader but it then exits when the loader goes
to boot. I've also found "kldload nmdm" does not create any entries
in /dev. Isn't it suppose to? I'm not sure what I am doing wrong.

nmdm(4) is a cloneable device so device nodes won't show up until they're opened.

Also, vmrun.sh is hard-coded to use stdio for output. You'll have to modify the script to get bhyveload (the -c option) and bhyve (the "-l com1," option) to use an nmdm device.


Elmer# uname -a
FreeBSD Elmer 10.0-PRERELEASE FreeBSD 10.0-PRERELEASE #0 r259838: Tue
Dec 24 15:21:17 MST 2013
root@Elmer:/disk-2/obj/usr/src/sys/PENFORD-FreeBSD10-amd64  amd64

I am executing the following instructions:

kldload nmdm
kldload vmm
kldload if_tap
ifconfig tap0 create
./vmrun.sh -c 4 -d /disk-2/VMs/nms.img -i
-I /disk-3/tmp/FreeBSD-10.0-RC2-amd64-disc1.iso -m 2G -t /dev/tap0 nms

FreeBSD clang version 3.3 (tags/RELEASE_33/final 183502) 20130610
CPU: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           E5540  @ 2.53GHz (2533.47-MHz
K8-class CPU)

This is a Nehalem Xeon - it doesn't have the VT-x feature known as "unrestricted guest" aka 16/32-bit emulation which arrived in Westmere. This won't allow FreeBSD to spin up APs (16-bit emulation required) or to run Linux via grub-bhyve (32-bit paging-disabled emulation). You'll be restricted to single CPU FreeBSD guests on this model :(



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