FreeBSD 10 PVHVM serial console
[FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE](http://www.freebsd.org/releases/10.0R/announce.html “”) now has Xen PV drivers compiled into the GENERIC kernel. Specifically:
Major enhancements in virtualization, including the addition of bhyve(8), virtio(4), and native paravirtualized drivers providing support for FreeBSD as a guest operating system on Microsoft Hyper-V.
This means we can run it as an HVM Xen DomU, but with the performance of a paravirtualised VM for drivers, etc. We can also have console access, provided we initially install with VNC.
An example HVM configuration to get started:
## FreeBSD-10.cfg for Xen ## Kernel + memory size kernel = '/usr/lib/xen-4.1/boot/hvmloader' builder = 'hvm' memory = '2048' ## Hostname name = 'FreeBSD-10' ## Disk devices boot = 'cd' disk = [ 'phy:/dev/vg1/FreeBSD-10,hda,w', 'file:/vm/ISO/fbsd10-amd64-d1.iso,hdc:cdrom,r' ] ## Networking vif = [ 'mac=<random mac>,bridge=xenbr0' ] ## Features acpi = 1 apic = 1 ## VNC + console sdl = 0 vnc = 1 stdvga = 0 serial = 'pty'
Run the install as normal. After reboot, append this to
For console access, add the following to
boot_multicons="YES" boot_serial="YES" comconsole_speed="115200" console="comconsole,vidconsole"
/etc/ttys, comment out ttyu0 and replace with:
ttyu0 "/usr/libexec/getty std.115200 vt100 on secure
Now you can reboot, and access the console. From your hypervisor:
xm console FreeBSD-10
Or if you’re using the newer toolchain:
xl console FreeBSD-10
Now I want a DEC console.