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Re: HVM FreeBSD with w/ vmxassist=n

On Wed, 2008-05-14 at 18:32 +0200, Christoph Egger wrote:
> Brian A. Seklecki wrote:
> > All:
> > 
> > There is some very recent discussion on the Xen lists about making
> > FreeBSD work under HVM.  The trick is to recompile the binaries
> > declaring 'vmxassist=n'.  Presumably we would do that using pkgsrc.
> > 
> > Does anyone have FreeBSD working as an HVM guest?  Is this hack
> > required?  Hopefully not a 3.2-only issue.
> This is required on Intel CPUs. For AMD CPUs, you don't need vmxassist
> at all.

I'm going to give Xen another go next week. I'll use amd64/-current as
of Monday.

The hardware platform will actually be an older R1 of the PE2950 (older
chipset, older dual core Xeons w/ Hyperthreading -- hopefully VMX cpu

The metric for success will be a functional HVM DomU of RHEL5/x86_64,
FreeBSD 6.3/amd64, and WinXP.  Otherwise I'll have to spend another year
using VMWare to simulate machine in our lab -- which would really
suck :)

I'm going to go with "vmxassist=n" would be a MAKE_ENV+= argument in
sysutils/xentools3-hvm/Makefile and sysutils/xentools3/Makefile


> > http://bderzhavets.blogspot.com/2008/04/install-hvm-freebsd-7.html
> > http://bugzilla.xensource.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=622
> > 
> > Unfortunately I wont be able to rebuild my Xen lab until the 26th.
> Christoph
Brian A. Seklecki <bseklecki%collaborativefusion.com@localhost>
Collaborative Fusion, Inc.

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