Hi Andras,

Thank you for the prompt response.

I have managed to install both 32b and 64b VMs in HVM mode but I am lacking to 
the knowledge and understand to compile the XEN and XENHVM kernels.  Is this 
something you can tell me how to do?

Are both XEN and XENHVM paravirtualised kernels or are there other options for 
FreeBSD 8.0?

If I got answers to these questions I will try this very soon.

Best regards,

Anthony

-----Original Message-----
From: Gót András [mailto:got.and...@deployis.eu] 
Sent: 05 March 2010 14:16
To: Anthony Francis
Cc: freebsd-xen@freebsd.org
Subject: Re: Running FreeBSD as a guest under xen

Hi Anthony,

We figured out the following method for doing automated FreeBSD installs:

- Make a HVM installation of a FreeBSD 8, download source and compile 
XEN or XENHVM kernels (XEN on i386 and XENHVM on amd64 in the kernel 
config directory). Install, reboot and that's it, the next steps are for 
automating and other features. I didn't do any benchmarks but both way 
was very usable the OS.

- Make another BSD install (appr. a 300-500MB partition) and copy the 
compiled BSD kernel, which boots off but the kernel will use an other 
partition for the rootfs.

- The "boot install" is an oldschool bsd slice with labels, as I 
couldn't yet figure out booting it somehow else. (Suggestions are 
welcome, of course.)

- The real root file system could be easily set up with and installworld 
just from compiled system above. This extra setup is a must have for us 
as this way I was able to do lvm snapshots of UFS.


On the i386 I finished testing off quite soon as SMP is simple does not 
work and there were maybe some other issues. The amd64 is promising with 
a 2 way SMP working well but a reliable 4 would be nicer of course.

Keep in mind, that with i386 you'll also get xenconsole, but it didn't 
worked with amd64 sot the VNC console was used.

I'll continue testing later this month (I hope...).

Best regards,
Andras




Anthony Francis wrote:
> Hi Andras,
> 
> For those of us that are new to FreeBSD, can you please point or provide us 
> with some basic instructions for enabling the PV support on 32-bit and 64-bit 
> 8-Release?
> 
> Best regards,
> 
> Anthony
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