Thanks a lot for your post. This is really usefull for all of us how are 
dreaming to put FreeBSD on EC2. I'll get it a try this weekend to see if I can 
do something. Ok, let's keep us posted through this list ! 
Great !

Z.


> Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010 16:00:02 -0700
> Subject: Re: FreeBSD on EC2 maybe real now ?
> From: john.c.prat...@gmail.com
> To: nospam...@hotmail.fr
> CC: freebsd-xen@freebsd.org
> 
> I'm not familiar with EC2 myself yet, but I did play with FreeBSD
> booted out of pvgrub on linode's xen system.
> 
> It was something of a pain, and required their finnix linux setup
> (some rescue linux system that they offer which did not consume my own
> paid-for disk volumes) to write the OS disk image to a volume, create
> the /boot fs and put the kernel into it, etc.  (linode uses paravirt
> which resulted in unstable FreeBSD, so I never did get a Linode
> FreeBSD system setup that was acceptable)
> 
> Depending on the ability to run one of their own provided systems on a
> very tiny portion of available volume space in order to put the
> FreeBSD pieces into place, it might be similar.
> 
> I used this as my guide:
> 
> http://www.linode.com/wiki/index.php/NetBSD_howto
> 
> Which I had to make heavy modifications to because FreeBSD != NetBSD
> (for instance, netbsd apparently compiles under linux)
> 
> Using my experience applying that info to FreeBSD, I threw together
> some documentation about all the failures I had getting FreeBSD to be
> stable on paravirt.
> 
> http://wiki.interwebfun.org/index.php?title=FreeBSD_XEN_Guests
> 
> I imagine one of the more relevant portions of this page would be
> "Building XEN Kernels" and "Creating Disk Image".
> 
> The former shows how I built XEN kernels on my local desktop for this.
>  The latter details how I created the disk image for the OS volume.
> Apparently I did not detail how I setup the boot fs with the kernel
> image(s), so refer to the NetBSD_howto page for copying the kernels
> over and booting them.
> 
> Keep in mind that these are suggestions for a starting point when
> trying to setup FreeBSD on a remote system with pvgrub, and almost
> everything will need to be considered and adjusted for amazon's EC2
> environment.   I had FreeBSD 7.2 with xen patches happily booting from
> pvgrub on Linode's xen system, but 7.3, 8.0, 9.0 were all terribly
> unstable, and most would not even boot in SMP.   I'm under the
> impression that HVM is far more reliable than ParaVirt for FreeBSD,
> however I don't know what EC2 provides.
> 
> I will probably play around with this a bit myself in the coming
> weeks.  If i run into some success, I will post an update with more
> useful information.
> 
> 
> -john
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> On Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 6:47 AM, Zladivliba Voskuy <nospam...@hotmail.fr> 
> wrote:
> >
> > Hey guys !
> >
> > It seems there's a little hope to make progress with FreeBSD on EC2, as 
> > Amazon posted this announcement : 
> > http://aws.typepad.com/aws/2010/07/use-your-own-kernel-with-amazon-ec2.html
> >
> > I couldn't read the documentation about how to do this but they say "You 
> > could (if you are sufficiently adept) use this facility to launch an 
> > operating system that we don't support directly (e.g. FreeBSD). If you 
> > manage to do this, please feel free to let me know".
> >
> > Does anyone knows how to do this actually ? Or is this really possible ?
> >
> > I've been waiting for an FreeBSD ec2 image for years now ! I know there's a 
> > lot of persons waiting also around so if anyone knows how to make this 
> > happen, please post somehting !!!!
> >
> > Thanks !
> > Z.
> >
> >
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