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 Introduction  Introduction
 ============  ============
   
 [![[Xen  Xen is a hypervisor for x86 hardware, which supports running multiple guest
 screenshot]](http://www.netbsd.org/gallery/in-Action/hubertf-xens.png)](http://www.netbsd.org/gallery/in-Action/hubertf-xen.png)  
   
 Xen is a hypervisor (or virtual machine monitor) for x86 hardware  
 (i686-class or higher), which supports running multiple guest  
 operating systems on a single physical machine.  Xen is a Type 1 or  operating systems on a single physical machine.  Xen is a Type 1 or
 bare-metal hypervisor; one uses the Xen kernel to control the CPU,  bare-metal hypervisor; one uses the Xen kernel to control the CPU,
 memory and console, a dom0 operating system which mediates access to  memory and console, a dom0 operating system which mediates access to
 other hardware (e.g., disks, network, USB), and one or more domU  other hardware (e.g., disks, network, USB), and one or more domU
 operating systems which operate in an unprivileged virtualized  operating systems which operate in an unprivileged virtualized
 environment.  IO requests from the domU systems are forwarded by the  environment.  IO requests from the domU systems are forwarded by the
 hypervisor (Xen) to the dom0 to be fulfilled.  Xen hypervisor to the dom0 to be fulfilled.
   
 Xen supports two styles of guests.  The original is Para-Virtualized  Xen supports different styles of guest:
 (PV) which means that the guest OS does not attempt to access hardware  
 directly, but instead makes hypercalls to the hypervisor.  This is  
 analogous to a user-space program making system calls.  (The dom0  
 operating system uses PV calls for some functions, such as updating  
 memory mapping page tables, but has direct hardware access for disk  
 and network.)   PV guests must be specifically coded for Xen.  
   
 The more recent style is HVM, which means that the guest does not have  
 code for Xen and need not be aware that it is running under Xen.  
 Attempts to access hardware registers are trapped and emulated.  This  
 style is less efficient but can run unmodified guests.  
   
 Generally any machine that runs NetBSD/amd64 will work with Xen and PV  
 guests.  In theory i386 computers (without x86_64/amd64 support) can  
 be used for Xen <= 4.2, but we have no recent reports of this working  
 (this is a hint).  For HVM guests, hardware support is needed, but it  
 is common on recent machines.  For Intel CPUs, one needs the VT-x  
 extension, shown in "cpuctl identify 0" as VMX.  For AMD CPUs, one  
 needs the AMD-V extensions, shown in "cpuctl identify 0" as SVM.  
 There are further features for IOMMU virtualization, Intel's VT-d and  
 AMD's AMD-Vi.  TODO: Explain whether Xen on NetBSD makes use of these  
 features.  TODO: Review by someone who really understands this.  
   
 Note that a FreeBSD dom0 requires VT-x and VT-d (or equivalent); this  [[!table data="""
 is because the FreeBSD dom0 does not run in PV mode.  Style of guest  |Supported by NetBSD
   PV              |Yes (dom0, domU)
   HVM             |Yes (domU)
   PVHVM           |No
   PVH             |No
   """]]
   
   In Para-Virtualized (PV) mode, the guest OS does not attempt to access
   hardware directly, but instead makes hypercalls to the hypervisor; PV
   guests must be specifically coded for Xen. In HVM mode, no guest
   modification is required; however, hardware support is required, such
   as VT-x on Intel CPUs and SVM on AMD CPUs.
   
 At boot, the dom0 kernel is loaded as a module with Xen as the kernel.  At boot, the dom0 kernel is loaded as a module with Xen as the kernel.
 The dom0 can start one or more domUs.  (Booting is explained in detail  The dom0 can start one or more domUs.  (Booting is explained in detail
 in the dom0 section.)  in the dom0 section.)
   
 NetBSD supports Xen in that it can serve as dom0, be used as a domU,  
 and that Xen kernels and tools are available in pkgsrc.  This HOWTO  
 attempts to address both the case of running a NetBSD dom0 on hardware  
 and running domUs under it (NetBSD and other), and also running NetBSD  
 as a domU in a VPS.  
   
 Xen 3.1 in pkgsrc supports "PCI passthrough", which means that  
 specific PCI devices can be made available to a specific domU instead  
 of the dom0.  This can be useful to let a domU run X11, or access some  
 network interface or other peripheral.  
   
 NetBSD 6 and earlier supported Xen 2; support was removed from NetBSD  
 7.  Xen 2 has been removed from pkgsrc.  
   
 Prerequisites  
 -------------  
   
 Installing NetBSD/Xen is not extremely difficult, but it is more  
 complex than a normal installation of NetBSD.  
 In general, this HOWTO is occasionally overly restrictive about how  
 things must be done, guiding the reader to stay on the established  
 path when there are no known good reasons to stray.  
   
 This HOWTO presumes a basic familiarity with the Xen system  This HOWTO presumes a basic familiarity with the Xen system
 architecture, with installing NetBSD on i386/amd64 hardware, and with  architecture, with installing NetBSD on i386/amd64 hardware, and with
 installing software from pkgsrc.  See also the [Xen  installing software from pkgsrc.  See also the [Xen
 website](http://www.xenproject.org/).  website](http://www.xenproject.org/).
   
   This HOWTO attempts to address both the case of running a NetBSD dom0
   on hardware and running domUs under it (NetBSD and other), and also
   running NetBSD as a domU in a VPS.
   
 Versions of Xen and NetBSD  Versions of Xen and NetBSD
 ==========================  ==========================
   
Line 82  which version to choose.  Versions not i Line 50  which version to choose.  Versions not i
 versions of NetBSD are intentionally ignored.  versions of NetBSD are intentionally ignored.
   
 The term "amd64" is used to refer to both the NetBSD port and to the  The term "amd64" is used to refer to both the NetBSD port and to the
 hardware architecture on which it runs.  (Such hardware is made by  hardware architecture on which it runs.  Such hardware is generally
 both Intel and AMD, and in 2016 a normal PC has this CPU  made by both Intel and AMD, and common on PC computers.
 architecture.)  
   
 Xen  Xen versions
 ---  ------------
   
 In NetBSD, Xen is provided in pkgsrc, via matching pairs of packages  In NetBSD, Xen is provided in pkgsrc, via matching pairs of packages
 xenkernel and xentools.  We will refer only to the kernel versions,  xenkernel and xentools.  We will refer only to the kernel versions,
 but note that both packages must be installed together and must have  but note that both packages must be installed together and must have
 matching versions.  matching versions.
   
 xenkernel3 provides Xen 3.1.  It is no longer maintained by Xen, and  Versions available in pkgsrc:
 the last applied security patch was in 2011. Thus, it should not be  
 used.  It supports PCI passthrough, which is why people use it anyway.  
 Xen 3.1 runs on i386 (both non-PAE and PAE) and amd64 hardware.  
   
 xenkernel33 provides Xen 3.3.  It is no longer maintained by Xen, and  
 the last applied security patch was in 2012.  Thus, it should not be  
 used.  Xen 3.3 runs on i386 PAE and amd64 hardware.  There are no good  
 reasons to run this version.  
   
 xenkernel41 provides Xen 4.1.  It is no longer maintained by Xen, but  
 as of 2016-12 received backported security patches.  Xen 4.1 runs on  
 i386 PAE and amd64 hardware.  There are no good reasons to run this  
 version.  
   
 xenkernel42 provides Xen 4.2.  It is no longer maintained by Xen, but  
 as of 2016-12 received backported security patches.  Xen 4.2 runs on  
 i386 PAE and amd64 hardware.  The only reason to run this is if you  
 need to use xm instead of xl, or if you need to run on hardware that  
 supports i386 but not amd64.  (This might also be useful if you need  
 an i386 dom0, if it turns out that an amd64 Xen kernel and an i386  
 dom0 is problematic.)  
   
 xenkernel45 provides Xen 4.5.  As of 2016-12, security patches were  
 released by Xen and applied to pkgsrc.  Xen 4.5 runs on amd64 hardware  
 only.  While slightly old, 4.5 has been tested and run by others, so  
 it is the conservative choice.  
   
 xenkernel46 provides Xen 4.6.  It is new to pkgsrc as of 2016-05.  As  
 of 2016-12, security patches were released by Xen and applied to  
 pkgsrc.  Xen 4.6 runs on amd64 hardware only For new installations,  
 4.6 is probably the appropriate choice and it will likely soon be the  
 standard approach.  (If using Ubuntu guests, be sure to have the  
 xentools46 from December, 2016).  
   
 Xen 4.7 (released 2016-06) and 4.8 (released 2016-12) are not yet in  [[!table data="""
 pkgsrc.  Xen Version     |Package Name   |Xen CPU Support        |EOL'ed By Upstream
   4.2             |xenkernel42    |32bit, 64bit           |Yes
   4.5             |xenkernel45    |64bit                  |Yes
   4.6             |xenkernel46    |64bit                  |Partially
   4.8             |xenkernel48    |64bit                  |No
   4.11            |xenkernel411   |64bit                  |No
   """]]
   
 See also the [Xen Security Advisory page](http://xenbits.xen.org/xsa/).  See also the [Xen Security Advisory page](http://xenbits.xen.org/xsa/).
   
 Note that NetBSD support is called XEN3.  It works with Xen 3 and Xen  Note: Xen 4.2 was the last version to support 32bit CPUs.
 4 because the hypercall interface has been stable.  
   
 Xen command program  
 -------------------  
   
 Early Xen used a program called xm to manipulate the system from the  NetBSD versions
 dom0.  Starting in 4.1, a replacement program with similar behavior  ---------------
 called xl is provided, but it does not work well in 4.1.  In 4.2, both  
 xm and xl work fine.  4.4 is the last version that has xm.  
   
 You must make a global choice to use xm or xl, because it affects not  
 only which command you use, but the command used by rc.d scripts  
 (specifically xendomains) and which daemons should be run.  The  
 xentools packages provide xm for 3.1, 3.3 and 4.1 and xl for 4.2 and up.  
   
 In 4.2, you can choose to use xm by simply changing the ctl_command  
 variable and setting xend=YES in rc.conf.  
   
 With xl, virtual devices are configured in parallel, which can cause  
 problems if they are written assuming serial operation (e.g., updating  
 firewall rules without explicit locking).  There is now locking for  
 the provided scripts, which works for normal casses (e.g, file-backed  
 xbd, where a vnd must be allocated).  But, as of 201612, it has not  
 been adequately tested for a complex custom setup with a large number  
 of interfaces.  
   
 NetBSD  NetBSD 8 is recommended as the stable version of the most recent
 ------  release for production use.
   
 The netbsd-6, netbsd-7, and -current branches are all reasonable  For developing Xen, netbsd-current may be appropriate.
 choices, with more or less the same considerations for non-Xen use.  
 Therefore, netbsd-7 is recommended as the stable version of the most  
 recent release for production use.  In addition, netbsd-7 and -current  
 have a important scheduler fix (in November of 2015) affecting  
 contention between dom0 and domUs; see  
 https://releng.netbsd.org/cgi-bin/req-7.cgi?show=1040 for a  
 description.  For those wanting to learn Xen or without production  
 stability concerns, netbsd-7 is still likely most appropriate, but  
 -current is also a reasonable choice.  (Xen runs ok on netbsd-5, but  
 the xentools packages are likely difficult to build, and netbsd-5 is  
 not supported.)  
   
 As of NetBSD 6, a NetBSD domU will support multiple vcpus.  There is  As of NetBSD 6, a NetBSD domU will support multiple vcpus.  There is
 no SMP support for NetBSD as dom0.  (The dom0 itself doesn't really  no SMP support for NetBSD as dom0.  (The dom0 itself doesn't really
 need SMP for dom0 functions; the lack of support is really a problem  need SMP for dom0 functions; the lack of support is really a problem
 when using a dom0 as a normal computer.)  when using a dom0 as a normal computer.)
   
   Note: NetBSD support is called XEN3. However, it does support Xen 4,
   because the hypercall interface has remained identical.
   
 Architecture  Architecture
 ------------  ------------
   
 Xen itself can run on i386 (Xen < 4.2) or amd64 hardware (all Xen  Xen itself runs on amd64 hardware. Practically, almost any computer
 versions).  (Practically, almost any computer where one would want to  where one would want to run Xen today supports amd64.
 run Xen today supports amd64.)  
   The dom0 system, plus each domU, can be either i386PAE or amd64.
 Xen, the dom0 system, and each domU system can be either i386 or  i386 without PAE is not supported.
 amd64.  When building a xenkernel package, one obtains an i386 Xen  
 kernel on an i386 host, and an amd64 Xen kernel on an amd64 host.  If  The standard approach is to use NetBSD/amd64 for the dom0.  For domUs,
 the Xen kernel is i386, then the dom0 kernel and all domU kernels must  NetBSD/i386 (PAE) and NetBSD/amd64 are in widespread use, and there is
 be i386.  With an amd64 Xen kernel, an amd64 dom0 kernel is known to  
 work, and an i386 dom0 kernel should in theory work.  An amd64  
 Xen/dom0 is known to support both i386 and amd64 domUs.  
   
 i386 dom0 and domU kernels must be PAE (except for an i386 Xen 3.1  
 kernel, where one can use non-PAE for dom0 and all domUs); PAE kernels  
 are included in the NetBSD default build.  (Note that emacs (at least)  
 fails if run on i386 with PAE when built without, and vice versa,  
 presumably due to bugs in the undump code.)  
   
 Because of the above, the standard approach is to use an amd64 Xen  
 kernel and NetBSD/amd64 for the dom0.  For domUs, NetBSD/i386 (with  
 the PAE kernel) and NetBSD/amd64 are in widespread use, and there is  
 little to no Xen-specific reason to prefer one over the other.  little to no Xen-specific reason to prefer one over the other.
   
 Note that to use an i386 dom0 with Xen 4.5 or higher, one must build  Note that to use an i386 dom0 with Xen 4.5 or higher, one must build
 (or obtain from pre-built packages) an amd64 Xen kernel and install  (or obtain from pre-built packages) an amd64 Xen kernel and install
 that on the system.  (One must also use a PAE i386 kernel, but this is  that on the system.  Almost no one in the NetBSD/Xen community does
 also required with an i386 Xen kernel.).  Almost no one in the  this, and the standard, well-tested, approach is to use an amd64 dom0.
 NetBSD/Xen community does this, and the standard, well-tested,  
 approach is to use an amd64 dom0.  
   
 A [posting on  A [posting on
 xen-devel](https://lists.xen.org/archives/html/xen-devel/2012-07/msg00085.html)  xen-devel](https://lists.xen.org/archives/html/xen-devel/2012-07/msg00085.html)
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 there is some notion that i386 guests are faster.  It goes on to  there is some notion that i386 guests are faster.  It goes on to
 caution that the total situation is complex and not entirely  caution that the total situation is complex and not entirely
 understood. On top of that caution, the post is about Linux, not  understood. On top of that caution, the post is about Linux, not
 NetBSD.  TODO: Include link to benchmarks, if someone posts them.  NetBSD.
   
 Stability  
 ---------  
   
 Mostly, NetBSD as a dom0 or domU is quite stable.  
 However, there are some open PRs indicating problems.  
   
  - [PR 48125](http://gnats.netbsd.org/48125)  
  - [PR 47720](http://gnats.netbsd.org/47720)  
   
 Note also that there are issues with sparse vnd(4) instances, but  
 these are not about Xen -- they just are noticed with sparse vnd(4)  
 instances in support of virtual disks in a dom0.  
   
 Recommendation  
 --------------  
   
 Therefore, this HOWTO recommends running xenkernel45 or xenkernel46,  
 xl, the NetBSD 7 stable branch, and to use an amd64 kernel as the  
 dom0.  Either the i386PAE or amd64 version of NetBSD may be used as  
 domUs.  
   
 Because bugs are fixed quite often, and because of Xen security  
 advisories, it is good to stay up to date with NetBSD (tracking a  
 stable branch), with the Xen kernel (tracking a Xen version via  
 pkgsrc), and with the Xen tools.  Specifically, NetBSD (-7 and  
 -current) got an important fix affecting dom0/domU timesharing in  
 November, 2015, and xentools46 got a fix to enable Ubuntu guests to  
 boot in December, 2016.  
   
 Status  
 ------  
   
 Ideally, all versions of Xen in pkgsrc would build on all supported  
 versions of NetBSD/amd64, to the point where this section would be  
 silly.  However, that has not always been the case.  Besides aging  
 code and aging compilers, qemu (included in xentools for HVM support)  
 is difficult to build.  Note that there is intentionally no data for  
 4.5+ up for i386, and often omits xentools info if the corresponding  
 kernel fails.  
   
 The following table gives status, with the date last checked  
 (generally on the most recent quarterly branch).  The first code is  
 "builds" if it builds ok, and "FAIL" for a failure to build.  The  
 second code/date only appears for xenkernel* and is "works" if it runs  
 ok as a dom0 and can support a domU, and "FAIL" if it won't boot or  
 run a domU.  
   
         xenkernel3 netbsd-6 i386 FAIL 201612  
         xenkernel33 netbsd-6 i386 FAIL 201612  
         xenkernel41 netbsd-6 i386 builds 201612  
         xenkernel42 netbsd-6 i386 builds 201612  
         xentools3 netbsd-6 i386 FAIL 201612  
         xentools33 netbsd-6 i386 FAIL 201612  
         xentools41 netbsd-6 i386 builds 201612  
         xentools42 netbsd-6 i386 FAIL 201612  
   
         xenkernel3 netbsd-7 i386 FAIL 201412  
         xenkernel33 netbsd-7 i386 FAIL 201412  
         xenkernel41 netbsd-7 i386 builds 201412  
         xenkernel42 netbsd-7 i386 builds 201412  
         xentools41 netbsd-7 i386 builds 201412  
         xentools42 netbsd-7 i386 ??FAIL 201412  
   
         xenkernel3 netbsd-6 amd64 FAIL 201612  
         xenkernel33 netbsd-6 amd64 FAIL 201612  
         xenkernel41 netbsd-6 amd64 builds 201612 works 201612  
         xenkernel42 netbsd-6 amd64 builds 201612 works 201612  
         xenkernel45 netbsd-6 amd64 builds 201612  
         xenkernel46 netbsd-6 amd64 builds 201612  
         xentools41 netbsd-6 amd64 builds 201612  
         xentools42 netbsd-6 amd64 builds 201612  
         xentools45 netbsd-6 amd64 builds 201612  
         xentools46 netbsd-6 amd64 FAIL 201612  
   
         xenkernel3 netbsd-7 amd64 builds 201612  
         xenkernel33 netbsd-7 amd64 builds 201612  
         xenkernel41 netbsd-7 amd64 builds 201612  
         xenkernel42 netbsd-7 amd64 builds 201612  
         xenkernel45 netbsd-7 amd64 builds 201612  
         xenkernel46 netbsd-7 amd64 builds 201612  
         xentools3 netbsd-7 amd64 builds 201612  
         xentools3-hvm netbsd-7 amd64 builds 201612  
         xentools33 netbsd-7 amd64 FAIL 201612  
         xentools41 netbsd-7 amd64 builds 201612  
         xentools42 netbsd-7 amd64 builds 201612  
         xentools45 netbsd-7 amd64 builds 201612  
         xentools46 netbsd-7 amd64 builds 201612  
   
 NetBSD as a dom0  NetBSD as a dom0
 ================  ================
Line 329  half-dozen domUs of 512M and 32G each.   Line 136  half-dozen domUs of 512M and 32G each.  
 have to be bigger than the sum of the RAM/disk needs of the dom0 and  have to be bigger than the sum of the RAM/disk needs of the dom0 and
 all the domUs.  all the domUs.
   
   In 2018-05, trouble booting a dom0 was reported with 256M of RAM: with
   512M it worked reliably.  This does not make sense, but if you see
   "not ELF" after Xen boots, try increasing dom0 RAM.
   
 Styles of dom0 operation  Styles of dom0 operation
 ------------------------  ------------------------
   
Line 350  Xen daemons when not running Xen. Line 161  Xen daemons when not running Xen.
 Note that NetBSD as dom0 does not support multiple CPUs.  This will  Note that NetBSD as dom0 does not support multiple CPUs.  This will
 limit the performance of the Xen/dom0 workstation approach.  In theory  limit the performance of the Xen/dom0 workstation approach.  In theory
 the only issue is that the "backend drivers" are not yet MPSAFE:  the only issue is that the "backend drivers" are not yet MPSAFE:
   http://mail-index.netbsd.org/netbsd-users/2014/08/29/msg015195.html    https://mail-index.netbsd.org/netbsd-users/2014/08/29/msg015195.html
   
 Installation of NetBSD  Installation of NetBSD
 ----------------------  ----------------------
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 Installation of Xen  Installation of Xen
 -------------------  -------------------
   
 In the dom0, install sysutils/xenkernel42 and sysutils/xentools42 from  We will consider that you chose to use Xen 4.8, with NetBSD/amd64 as
 pkgsrc (or another matching pair).  See [the pkgsrc  dom0. In the dom0, install xenkernel48 and xentools48 from pkgsrc.
 documentation](http://www.NetBSD.org/docs/pkgsrc/) for help with  Ensure that your packages are recent.
 pkgsrc.  Ensure that your packages are recent; the HOWTO does not  
 contemplate old builds.  
   
   
 For Xen 3.1, support for HVM guests is in sysutils/xentool3-hvm.  More  
 recent versions have HVM support integrated in the main xentools  
 package.  It is entirely reasonable to run only PV guests.  
   
 Next you need to install the selected Xen kernel itself, which is  
 installed by pkgsrc as "/usr/pkg/xen*-kernel/xen.gz".  Copy it to /.  
 For debugging, one may copy xen-debug.gz; this is conceptually similar  
 to DIAGNOSTIC and DEBUG in NetBSD.  xen-debug.gz is basically only  
 useful with a serial console.  Then, place a NetBSD XEN3_DOM0 kernel  
 in /, copied from releasedir/amd64/binary/kernel/netbsd-XEN3_DOM0.gz  
 of a NetBSD build.  If using i386, use  
 releasedir/i386/binary/kernel/netbsd-XEN3PAE_DOM0.gz.  (If using Xen  
 3.1 and i386, you may use XEN3_DOM0 with the non-PAE Xen.  But you  
 should not use Xen 3.1.)  Both xen and the NetBSD kernel may be (and  
 typically are) left compressed.  
   
 In a dom0, kernfs is mandatory for xend to communicate with the  
 kernel, so ensure that /kern is in fstab.  (A standard NetBSD install  
 should already mount /kern.)  
   
 Because you already installed NetBSD, you have a working boot setup  
 with an MBR bootblock, either bootxx_ffsv1 or bootxx_ffsv2 at the  
 beginning of your root file system, have /boot, and likely also  
 /boot.cfg.  (If not, fix before continuing!)  
   
 Add a line to to /boot.cfg to boot Xen.  See boot.cfg(5) for an  
 example.  The basic line is  
   
         menu=Xen:load /netbsd-XEN3_DOM0.gz console=pc;multiboot /xen.gz dom0_mem=256M  Once this is done, install the Xen kernel itself:
   
 which specifies that the dom0 should have 256M, leaving the rest to be  [[!template id=programlisting text="""
 allocated for domUs.  To use a serial console, use  # cp /usr/pkg/xen48-kernel/xen.gz /
   """]]
   
         menu=Xen:load /netbsd-XEN3_DOM0.gz console=com0;multiboot /xen.gz dom0_mem=256M console=com1 com1=9600,8n1  Then, place a NetBSD XEN3_DOM0 kernel in /, copied from
   releasedir/amd64/binary/kernel/netbsd-XEN3_DOM0.gz of a NetBSD build.
   
 which will use the first serial port for Xen (which counts starting  Add a line to /boot.cfg to boot Xen:
 from 1), forcing speed/parity, and also for NetBSD (which counts  
 starting at 0).  In an attempt to add performance, one can also add  [[!template id=programlisting text="""
   menu=Xen:load /netbsd-XEN3_DOM0.gz console=pc;multiboot /xen.gz dom0_mem=512M
   """]]
   
         dom0_max_vcpus=1 dom0_vcpus_pin  which specifies that the dom0 should have 512MB of ram, leaving the rest
   to be allocated for domUs.  To use a serial console, use
   
   [[!template id=programlisting text="""
   menu=Xen:load /netbsd-XEN3_DOM0.gz;multiboot /xen.gz dom0_mem=512M console=com1 com1=9600,8n1
   """]]
   
   which will use the first serial port for Xen (which counts starting
   from 1, unlike NetBSD which counts starting from 0), forcing
   speed/parity.  Because the NetBSD command line lacks a
   "console=pc" argument, it will use the default "xencons" console device,
   which directs the console I/O through Xen to the same console device Xen
   itself uses (in this case, the serial port).
   
   In an attempt to add performance, one can also add:
   
   [[!template id=programlisting text="""
   dom0_max_vcpus=1 dom0_vcpus_pin
   """]]
   
 to force only one vcpu to be provided (since NetBSD dom0 can't use  to force only one vcpu to be provided (since NetBSD dom0 can't use
 more) and to pin that vcpu to a physical CPU.  TODO: benchmark this.  more) and to pin that vcpu to a physical CPU.
   
 Xen has [many boot  Xen has [many boot
 options](http://xenbits.xenproject.org/docs/4.5-testing/misc/xen-command-line.html),  options](http://xenbits.xenproject.org/docs/4.5-testing/misc/xen-command-line.html),
Line 448  and other than dom0 memory and max_vcpus Line 250  and other than dom0 memory and max_vcpus
 necessary.  necessary.
   
 As with non-Xen systems, you should have a line to boot /netbsd (a  As with non-Xen systems, you should have a line to boot /netbsd (a
 kernel that works without Xen).  Consider a line to boot /netbsd.ok (a  kernel that works without Xen).
 fallback version of the non-Xen kernel, updated manually when you are  
 sure /netbsd is ok).  Consider also a line to boot fallback versions  
 of Xen and the dom0 kernel, but note that non-Xen NetBSD can be used  
 to resolve Xen booting issues.  
   
 Probably you want a default=N line to choose Xen in the absence of  
 intervention.  
   
 Now, reboot so that you are running a DOM0 kernel under Xen, rather  Now, reboot so that you are running a DOM0 kernel under Xen, rather
 than GENERIC without Xen.  than GENERIC without Xen.
Line 468  grub was recommended.  If necessary, see Line 263  grub was recommended.  If necessary, see
 [old grub information](/ports/xen/howto-grub).  [old grub information](/ports/xen/howto-grub).
   
 The [HowTo on Installing into  The [HowTo on Installing into
 RAID-1](http://mail-index.NetBSD.org/port-xen/2006/03/01/0010.html)  RAID-1](https://mail-index.NetBSD.org/port-xen/2006/03/01/0010.html)
 explains how to set up booting a dom0 with Xen using grub with  explains how to set up booting a dom0 with Xen using grub with
 NetBSD's RAIDframe.  (This is obsolete with the use of NetBSD's native  NetBSD's RAIDframe.  (This is obsolete with the use of NetBSD's native
 boot.  Now, just create a system with RAID-1, and alter /boot.cfg as  boot.  Now, just create a system with RAID-1, and alter /boot.cfg as
Line 477  described above.) Line 272  described above.)
 Configuring Xen  Configuring Xen
 ---------------  ---------------
   
 Xen logs will be in /var/log/xen.  
   
 Now, you have a system that will boot Xen and the dom0 kernel, but not  Now, you have a system that will boot Xen and the dom0 kernel, but not
 do anything else special.  Make sure that you have rebooted into Xen.  do anything else special.  Make sure that you have rebooted into Xen.
 There will be no domUs, and none can be started because you still have  There will be no domUs, and none can be started because you still have
 to configure the dom0 daemons.  to configure the dom0 daemons.
   
 The daemons which should be run vary with Xen version and with whether  The daemons which should be run vary with Xen version and with whether
 one is using xm or xl.  The Xen 3.1, 3.3 and 4.1 packages use xm.  Xen  one is using xm or xl. Xen 4.2 and up packages use xl. To use xm with 4.2,
 4.2 and up packages use xl.  To use xm with 4.2, edit xendomains to  edit xendomains to use xm instead.
 use xm instead.  
   
 For 3.1 and 3.3, you should enable xend and xenbackendd:  
   
         xend=YES  
         xenbackendd=YES  
   
 For 4.1 and up, you should enable xencommons.  Not enabling xencommons  For 4.1 and up, you should enable xencommons.  Not enabling xencommons
 will result in a hang; it is necessary to hit ^C on the console to let  will result in a hang; it is necessary to hit ^C on the console to let
 the machine finish booting.  If you are using xm (default in 4.1, or  the machine finish booting.  If you are using xm (default in 4.1, or
 if you changed xendomains in 4.2), you should also enable xend:  if you changed xendomains in 4.2), you should also enable xend:
   
         xend=YES # only if using xm, and only installed <= 4.2  [[!template id=programlisting text="""
         xencommons=YES  xend=YES # only if using xm, and only installed <= 4.2
   xencommons=YES
   """]]
   
 TODO: Recommend for/against xen-watchdog.  TODO: Recommend for/against xen-watchdog.
   
Line 508  After you have configured the daemons an Line 297  After you have configured the daemons an
 order given) or rebooted, use xm or xl to inspect Xen's boot messages,  order given) or rebooted, use xm or xl to inspect Xen's boot messages,
 available resources, and running domains.  An example with xl follows:  available resources, and running domains.  An example with xl follows:
   
         # xl dmesg  [[!template id=programlisting text="""
         [xen's boot info]  # xl dmesg
         # xl info  ... xen's boot info ...
         [available memory, etc.]  # xl info
         # xl list  ... available memory, etc ...
         Name              Id  Mem(MB)  CPU  State  Time(s)  Console  # xl list
         Domain-0           0       64    0  r----     58.1  Name              Id  Mem(MB)  CPU  State  Time(s)  Console
   Domain-0           0       64    0  r----     58.1
   """]]
   
   Xen logs will be in /var/log/xen.
   
 ### Issues with xencommons  ### Issues with xencommons
   
Line 533  this will get fixed any time soon. Line 326  this will get fixed any time soon.
 The installation of NetBSD should already have created devices for xen  The installation of NetBSD should already have created devices for xen
 (xencons, xenevt, xsd_kva), but if they are not present, create them:  (xencons, xenevt, xsd_kva), but if they are not present, create them:
   
         cd /dev && sh MAKEDEV xen  [[!template id=programlisting text="""
   cd /dev && sh MAKEDEV xen
   """]]
   
 anita (for testing NetBSD)  anita (for testing NetBSD)
 --------------------------  --------------------------
Line 542  With the setup so far (assuming 4.2/xl), Line 337  With the setup so far (assuming 4.2/xl),
 anita (see pkgsrc/misc/py-anita) to test NetBSD releases, by doing (as  anita (see pkgsrc/misc/py-anita) to test NetBSD releases, by doing (as
 root, because anita must create a domU):  root, because anita must create a domU):
   
         anita --vmm=xl test file:///usr/obj/i386/  [[!template id=programlisting text="""
   anita --vmm=xl test file:///usr/obj/i386/
   """]]
   
 Alternatively, one can use --vmm=xm to use xm-based domU creation  Alternatively, one can use --vmm=xm to use xm-based domU creation
 instead (and must, on Xen <= 4.1).   TODO: confirm that anita xl really works.  instead (and must, on Xen <= 4.1).   TODO: confirm that anita xl really works.
Line 594  section. Line 391  section.
         # Install secondary boot loader          # Install secondary boot loader
         cp -p /usr/mdec/boot /          cp -p /usr/mdec/boot /
         # Create boot.cfg following earlier guidance:          # Create boot.cfg following earlier guidance:
         menu=Xen:load /netbsd-XEN3PAE_DOM0.gz console=pc;multiboot /xen.gz dom0_mem=256M          menu=Xen:load /netbsd-XEN3PAE_DOM0.gz console=pc;multiboot /xen.gz dom0_mem=512M
         menu=Xen.ok:load /netbsd-XEN3PAE_DOM0.ok.gz console=pc;multiboot /xen.ok.gz dom0_mem=256M          menu=Xen.ok:load /netbsd-XEN3PAE_DOM0.ok.gz console=pc;multiboot /xen.ok.gz dom0_mem=512M
         menu=GENERIC:boot          menu=GENERIC:boot
         menu=GENERIC single-user:boot -s          menu=GENERIC single-user:boot -s
         menu=GENERIC.ok:boot netbsd.ok          menu=GENERIC.ok:boot netbsd.ok
Line 631  Specifically, for 4.x remove autorestart Line 428  Specifically, for 4.x remove autorestart
 are specified with numbers as the second argument, as the examples  are specified with numbers as the second argument, as the examples
 above show, and not NetBSD device names.  above show, and not NetBSD device names.
   
 Hardware known to work  
 ----------------------  
   
 Arguably, this section is misplaced, and there should be a page of  
 hardware that runs NetBSD/amd64 well, with the mostly-well-founded  
 assumption that NetBSD/xen runs fine on any modern hardware that  
 NetBSD/amd64 runs well on.  Until then, we give motherboard/CPU (and  
 sometimes RAM) pairs/triples to aid those choosing a motherboard.  
 Note that Xen systems usually do not run X, so a listing here does not  
 imply that X works at all.  
   
         Supermicro X9SRL-F, Xeon E5-1650 v2, 96 GiB ECC  
         Supermicro ??, Atom C2758 (8 core), 32 GiB ECC  
         ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3 AM3+ microATX, AMD Piledriver X8 4000MHz, 16 GiB ECC  
   
 Older hardware:  
   
         Intel D915GEV, Pentium4 CPU 3.40GHz, 4GB 533MHz Synchronous DDR2  
         INTEL DG33FB, "Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU     E6850  @ 3.00GHz"  
         INTEL DG33FB, "Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU     E8400  @ 3.00GHz"  
   
 Running Xen under qemu  
 ----------------------  
   
 The astute reader will note that this section is somewhat twisted.  
 However, it can be useful to run Xen under qemu either because the  
 version of NetBSD as a dom0 does not run on the hardware in use, or to  
 generate automated test cases involving Xen.  
   
 In 2015-01, the following combination was reported to mostly work:  
   
         host OS: NetBSD/amd64 6.1.4  
         qemu: 2.2.0 from pkgsrc  
         Xen kernel: xenkernel42-4.2.5nb1 from pkgsrc  
         dom0 kernel: NetBSD/amd64 6.1.5  
         Xen tools: xentools42-4.2.5 from pkgsrc  
   
 See [PR 47720](http://gnats.netbsd.org/47720) for a problem with dom0  
 shutdown.  
   
 Unprivileged domains (domU)  Unprivileged domains (domU)
 ===========================  ===========================
   
Line 864  Sizing domains Line 621  Sizing domains
   
 Modern x86 hardware has vast amounts of resources.  However, many  Modern x86 hardware has vast amounts of resources.  However, many
 virtual servers can function just fine on far less.  A system with  virtual servers can function just fine on far less.  A system with
 256M of RAM and a 4G disk can be a reasonable choice.  Note that it is  512M of RAM and a 4G disk can be a reasonable choice.  Note that it is
 far easier to adjust virtual resources than physical ones.  For  far easier to adjust virtual resources than physical ones.  For
 memory, it's just a config file edit and a reboot.  For disk, one can  memory, it's just a config file edit and a reboot.  For disk, one can
 create a new file and vnconfig it (or lvm), and then dump/restore,  create a new file and vnconfig it (or lvm), and then dump/restore,
Line 903  savecore(8) can work.   (This is helpful Line 660  savecore(8) can work.   (This is helpful
 The kernel must be specifically for Xen and for use as a domU.  The  The kernel must be specifically for Xen and for use as a domU.  The
 i386 and amd64 provide the following kernels:  i386 and amd64 provide the following kernels:
   
         i386 XEN3_DOMU  
         i386 XEN3PAE_DOMU          i386 XEN3PAE_DOMU
         amd64 XEN3_DOMU          amd64 XEN3_DOMU
   
 Unless using Xen 3.1 (and you shouldn't) with i386-mode Xen, you must  
 use the PAE version of the i386 kernel.  
   
 This will boot NetBSD, but this is not that useful if the disk is  This will boot NetBSD, but this is not that useful if the disk is
 empty.  One approach is to unpack sets onto the disk outside of xen  empty.  One approach is to unpack sets onto the disk outside of xen
 (by mounting it, just as you would prepare a physical disk for a  (by mounting it, just as you would prepare a physical disk for a
Line 1152  to update the special boot partition. Line 905  to update the special boot partition.
 Amazon  Amazon
 ------  ------
   
 See the [Amazon EC2 page](../amazon_ec2/).  See the [Amazon EC2 page](/amazon_ec2/).
   
 Using npf  
 ---------  
   
 In standard kernels, npf is a module, and thus cannot be loaded in a  
 DOMU kernel.  
   
 TODO: Explain how to compile npf into a custom kernel, answering (but  
 note that the problem was caused by not booting the right kernel)  
 [this email to  
 netbsd-users](http://mail-index.netbsd.org/netbsd-users/2014/12/26/msg015576.html).  
   
 TODO items for improving NetBSD/xen  TODO items for improving NetBSD/xen
 ===================================  ===================================
Line 1178  TODO items for improving NetBSD/xen Line 920  TODO items for improving NetBSD/xen
     fragsize/blocksize (UFS2 support may be present; the point is to      fragsize/blocksize (UFS2 support may be present; the point is to
     make it so that with any UFS1/UFS2 file system setup that works      make it so that with any UFS1/UFS2 file system setup that works
     with NetBSD grub will also work).      with NetBSD grub will also work).
     See [pkg/40258](http://gnats.netbsd.org/40258).      See [pkg/40258](https://gnats.netbsd.org/40258).
   * Push patches upstream.    * Push patches upstream.
   * Get UFS2 patches into pvgrub.    * Get UFS2 patches into pvgrub.
 * Add support for PV ops to a version of /boot, and make it usable as  * Add support for PV ops to a version of /boot, and make it usable as
   a kernel in Xen, similar to pvgrub.    a kernel in Xen, similar to pvgrub.
 * Solve somehow the issue with modules for GENERIC not being loadable  
   in a Xen dom0 or domU kernel.  
   
 Random pointers  Random pointers
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