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Re: FreeBSD HVM guests?

On Mon, May 11, 2009 at 02:50:11PM +0100, Hugo Silva wrote:
> Hi,
> I am considering to install NetBSD 5/Xen (64 bits) on some servers that  
> currently run FreeBSD 7/amd64. I've been testing NetBSD/Xen i386 on  
> older hardware (no hardware virtualization support) with NetBSD PV  
> domU's; It seems to work just fine.
> For my purposes, however, I need FreeBSD guests, and I am unable to test  
> this at the moment.
> I would like to know if anyone has useful feedback regarding HVM guests,  
> FreeBSD in particular, and NetBSD/Xen dom0 stability and maturity in  
> general.

NetBSD/Xen dom0 is stability is good; I've several servers running it,
with NetBSD PV, linux PV, linux HVM and windows HVM guests. No problems
so far.

I would expect a FreeBSD HVM guest to run just fine; it will see a
PIIX3 IDE controller and a ne2000 ethernet device. Be aware that
I/O performances won't be great using these emulated device though;
but if your FreeBSD guest doesn't do mych I/O it should be fine.

Manuel Bouyer, LIP6, Universite Paris VI.           
     NetBSD: 26 ans d'experience feront toujours la difference

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