Archive/FreeBSD 64-bit HVM on XCP

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In order to be able to run Freebsd 9.0-RELEASE or newer on XCP you should have a XENHVM kernel and the Xentools installed from the FreeBSD xentools port (/usr/ports/sysutils/xen-tools).

So, for summarizing :

  • Build and install HVM kernel.
  • Build and install Xentools from ports (/usr/ports/sysutils/xen-tools).
  • Build and install Bash shell from ports (/usr/ports/shells/bash).
  • untar and place the proper location (as could be deduced) in the tar output the FreeBSD contributed XenserverTools.

So :

x freebsd-xenservertools/
x freebsd-xenservertools/etc/
x freebsd-xenservertools/procfalse/
x freebsd-xenservertools/usr/
x freebsd-xenservertools/usr/local/
x freebsd-xenservertools/usr/sbin/
x freebsd-xenservertools/usr/sbin/
x freebsd-xenservertools/usr/sbin/
x freebsd-xenservertools/usr/sbin/xe-daemon
x freebsd-xenservertools/usr/sbin/xe-linux-distribution
x freebsd-xenservertools/usr/sbin/xe-update-guest-attrs
x freebsd-xenservertools/usr/local/etc/
x freebsd-xenservertools/usr/local/etc/rc.d/
x freebsd-xenservertools/usr/local/etc/rc.d/
x freebsd-xenservertools/etc/freebsd-version
  • Create /procfalse
  • do a ‘uname -r > /etc/freebsd-version’ from you’re shell as root.
  • after that, just place files in proper places as seen before.

Finally... after booting the machine (or doing /usr/local/etc/rc.d/ start), you would be able to enjoy of the Xen Cloud virtualization possibilities and so, you could see on right clicking on the machine in XenCenter :


that you’re able for example to suspend or migrate de FreeBSD VM.

Available downloads :

This code is opened under OpenBSD license. I will very happy of answering any kind of doubts of this scripts (data contact below).

Thanks To

I wanted to say I’m very thankful to my company SareNET who has allowed me to examine how could I run FreeBSD in XCP and very thankful too to Dave Scott from Citrix because of the initial ideas for getting this working.

About the author

Egoitz Aurrekoetxea

System's administrator-programmer

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