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 ============  ============
   
 [![[Xen  [![[Xen
 screenshot]](http://www.netbsd.org/gallery/in-Action/hubertf-xens.png)](../../gallery/in-Action/hubertf-xen.png)  screenshot]](http://www.netbsd.org/gallery/in-Action/hubertf-xens.png)](http://www.netbsd.org/gallery/in-Action/hubertf-xen.png)
   
 Xen is a virtual machine monitor or hypervisor for x86 hardware  Xen is a hypervisor (or virtual machine monitor) for x86 hardware
 (i686-class or higher), which supports running multiple guest  (i686-class or higher), which supports running multiple guest
 operating systems on a single physical machine.  With Xen, one uses  operating systems on a single physical machine.  Xen is a Type 1 or
 the Xen kernel to control the CPU, memory and console, a dom0  bare-metal hypervisor; one uses the Xen kernel to control the CPU,
 operating system which mediates access to other hardware (e.g., disks,  memory and console, a dom0 operating system which mediates access to
 network, USB), and one or more domU operating systems which operate in  other hardware (e.g., disks, network, USB), and one or more domU
 an unprivileged virtualized environment.  IO requests from the domU  operating systems which operate in an unprivileged virtualized
 systems are forwarded by the hypervisor (Xen) to the dom0 to be  environment.  IO requests from the domU systems are forwarded by the
 fulfilled.  hypervisor (Xen) to the dom0 to be fulfilled.
   
 Xen supports two styles of guests.  The original is Para-Virtualized  Xen supports two styles of guests.  The original is Para-Virtualized
 (PV) which means that the guest OS does not attempt to access hardware  (PV) which means that the guest OS does not attempt to access hardware
Line 151  Build problems Line 151  Build problems
 Ideally, all versions of Xen in pkgsrc would build on all versions of  Ideally, all versions of Xen in pkgsrc would build on all versions of
 NetBSD on both i386 and amd64.  However, that isn't the case.  Besides  NetBSD on both i386 and amd64.  However, that isn't the case.  Besides
 aging code and aging compilers, qemu (included in xentools for HVM  aging code and aging compilers, qemu (included in xentools for HVM
 support) is difficult to build.  The following are known to fail:  support) is difficult to build.  The following are known to work or FAIL:
   
         xenkernel3 netbsd-6 i386  
         xentools42 netbsd-6 i386   
   
 The following are known to work:  
   
           xenkernel3 netbsd-5 amd64
           xentools3 netbsd-5 amd64
           xentools3=hvm netbsd-5 amd64 ????
           xenkernel33 netbsd-5 amd64
           xentools33 netbsd-5 amd64
         xenkernel41 netbsd-5 amd64          xenkernel41 netbsd-5 amd64
         xentools41 netbsd-5 amd64          xentools41 netbsd-5 amd64
           xenkernel42 netbsd-5 amd64
           xentools42 netbsd-5 amd64
   
           xenkernel3 netbsd-6 i386 FAIL
           xentools3 netbsd-6 i386
           xentools3-hvm netbsd-6 i386 FAIL (dependencies fail)
           xenkernel33 netbsd-6 i386
           xentools33 netbsd-6 i386
         xenkernel41 netbsd-6 i386          xenkernel41 netbsd-6 i386
         xentools41 netbsd-6 i386          xentools41 netbsd-6 i386
           xenkernel42 netbsd-6 i386
           xentools42 netbsd-6 i386 *MIXED
   
           (all 3 and 33 seem to FAIL)
           xenkernel41 netbsd-7 i386
           xentools41 netbsd-7 i386
           xenkernel42 netbsd-7 i386
           xentools42 netbsd-7 i386 ??FAIL
   
   (*On netbsd-6 i386, there is a xentools42 in the 2014Q3 official builds,
   but it does not build for gdt.)
   
 NetBSD as a dom0  NetBSD as a dom0
 ================  ================
Line 339  For 4.1 (and thus xm; xl is believed not Line 358  For 4.1 (and thus xm; xl is believed not
         xencommons=YES          xencommons=YES
         xend=YES          xend=YES
   
 TODO: Explain why if xm is preferred on 4.1, rc.d/xendomains has xl.  (If you are using xentools41 from before 2014-12-26, change
 Or fix the package.  rc.d/xendomains to use xm rather than xl.)
   
 For 4.2 with xm, add to rc.conf  For 4.2 with xm, add to rc.conf
   
Line 407  and adjusts /etc. Line 426  and adjusts /etc.
 Note that one must update both the non-Xen kernel typically used for  Note that one must update both the non-Xen kernel typically used for
 rescue purposes and the DOM0 kernel used with Xen.  rescue purposes and the DOM0 kernel used with Xen.
   
 To convert from grub to /boot, install an mbr bootblock with fdisk,  Converting from grub to /boot
 bootxx_ with installboot, /boot and /boot.cfg.  This really should be  -----------------------------
 no different than completely reinstalling boot blocks on a non-Xen  
 system.  These instructions were [TODO: will be] used to convert a system from
   grub to /boot.  The system was originally installed in February of
   2006 with a RAID1 setup and grub to boot Xen 2, and has been updated
   over time.  Before these commands, it was running NetBSD 6 i386, Xen
   4.1 and grub, much like the message linked earlier in the grub
   section.
   
           # Install mbr bootblocks on both disks. 
           fdisk -i /dev/rwd0d
           fdisk -i /dev/rwd1d
           # Install NetBSD primary boot loader (/ is FFSv1) into RAID1 components.
           installboot -v /dev/rwd0d /usr/mdec/bootxx_ffsv1
           installboot -v /dev/rwd1d /usr/mdec/bootxx_ffsv1
           # Install secondary boot loader
           cp -p /usr/mdec/boot /
           # Create boog.cfg following earlier guidance:
           menu=Xen:load /netbsd-XEN3PAE_DOM0.gz console=pc;multiboot /xen.gz dom0_mem=256M
           menu=Xen.ok:load /netbsd-XEN3PAE_DOM0.ok.gz console=pc;multiboot /xen.ok.gz dom0_mem=256M
           menu=GENERIC:boot
           menu=GENERIC single-user:boot -s
           menu=GENERIC.ok:boot netbsd.ok
           menu=GENERIC.ok single-user:boot netbsd.ok -s
           menu=Drop to boot prompt:prompt
           default=1
           timeout=30
   
   TODO: actually do this and fix it if necessary.
   
 Updating Xen versions  Updating Xen versions
 ---------------------  ---------------------
Line 431  Unprivileged domains (domU) Line 476  Unprivileged domains (domU)
 This section describes general concepts about domUs.  It does not  This section describes general concepts about domUs.  It does not
 address specific domU operating systems or how to install them.  The  address specific domU operating systems or how to install them.  The
 config files for domUs are typically in /usr/pkg/etc/xen, and are  config files for domUs are typically in /usr/pkg/etc/xen, and are
 typically named so that the file anme, domU name and the domU's host  typically named so that the file name, domU name and the domU's host
 name match.  name match.
   
 The domU is provided with cpu and memory by Xen, configured by the  The domU is provided with cpu and memory by Xen, configured by the
Line 505  anyplace, reasonable places to store dom Line 550  anyplace, reasonable places to store dom
 (so they are near the dom0 kernel), in /usr/pkg/etc/xen (near the  (so they are near the dom0 kernel), in /usr/pkg/etc/xen (near the
 config files), or in /u0/xen (where the vdisks are).  config files), or in /u0/xen (where the vdisks are).
   
   Note that loading the domU kernel from the dom0 implies that boot
   blocks, /boot, /boot.cfg, and so on are all ignored in the domU.
 See the VPS section near the end for discussion of alternate ways to  See the VPS section near the end for discussion of alternate ways to
 obtain domU kernels.  obtain domU kernels.
   
Line 828  NetBSD as a domU in a VPS Line 875  NetBSD as a domU in a VPS
 The bulk of the HOWTO is about using NetBSD as a dom0 on your own  The bulk of the HOWTO is about using NetBSD as a dom0 on your own
 hardware.  This section explains how to deal with Xen in a domU as a  hardware.  This section explains how to deal with Xen in a domU as a
 virtual private server where you do not control or have access to the  virtual private server where you do not control or have access to the
 dom0.  dom0.  This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of VPS providers;
   only a few are mentioned that specifically support NetBSD.
   
 VPS operators provide varying degrees of access and mechanisms for  VPS operators provide varying degrees of access and mechanisms for
 configuration.  The big issue is usually how one controls which kernel  configuration.  The big issue is usually how one controls which kernel
 is booted, because the kernel is nominally in the dom0 filesystem (to  is booted, because the kernel is nominally in the dom0 filesystem (to
 which VPS users do not normally have acesss).  which VPS users do not normally have acesss).  A second issue is how
   to install NetBSD.
   
 A VPS user may want to compile a kernel for security updates, to run  A VPS user may want to compile a kernel for security updates, to run
 npf, run IPsec, or any other reason why someone would want to change  npf, run IPsec, or any other reason why someone would want to change
 their kernel.  their kernel.
   
 One approach is to have an adminstrative interface to upload a kernel,  One approach is to have an adminstrative interface to upload a kernel,
 or to select from a prepopulated list.  or to select from a prepopulated list.  Other approaches are pygrub
   (deprecated) and pvgrub, which are ways to have a bootloader obtain a
   kernel from the domU filesystem.  This is closer to a regular physical
   computer, where someone who controls a machine can replace the kernel.
   
   pygrub
   -------
   
   pygrub runs in the dom0 and looks into the domU filesystem.  This
   implies that the domU must have a kernel in a filesystem in a format
   known to pygrub.  As of 2014, pygrub seems to be of mostly historical
   interest.
   
   pvgrub
   ------
   
 Otehr approaches are pvgrub and py-grub, which are ways to start a  pvgrub is a version of grub that uses PV operations instead of BIOS
 bootloader from the dom0 instead of the actual domU kernel, and for  calls.  It is booted from the dom0 as the domU kernel, and then reads
 that loader to then load a kernel from the domU filesystem.  This is  /grub/menu.lst and loads a kernel from the domU filesystem.
 closer to a regular physical computer, where someone who controls a  
 machine can replace the kernel.  [Panix](http://www.panix.com/) lets users use pvgrub.  Panix reports
   that pvgrub works with FFsv2 with 16K/2K and 32K/4K block/frag sizes
   (and hence with defaults from "newfs -O 2").  See [Panix's pvgrub
   page](http://www.panix.com/v-colo/grub.html), which describes only
   Linux but should be updated to cover NetBSD :-)
   
   [prgmr.com](http://prgmr.com/) also lets users with pvgrub to boot
   their own kernel.  See then [prgmr.com NetBSD
   HOWTO](http://wiki.prgmr.com/mediawiki/index.php/NetBSD_as_a_DomU).
   
   It appears that [grub's FFS
   code](http://xenbits.xensource.com/hg/xen-unstable.hg/file/bca284f67702/tools/libfsimage/ufs/fsys_ufs.c)
   does not support all aspects of modern FFS, but there are also reports
   that FFSv2 works fine.  At prmgr, typically one has an ext2 or FAT
   partition for the kernel with the intent that grub can understand it,
   which leads to /netbsd not being the actual kernel.  One must remember
   to update the special boot partiion.
   
 prmgr and pvgrub  Amazon
 ----------------  ------
   
 TODO: Perhaps reference panix, prmgr, amazon as interesting examples.  TODO: add link to NetBSD amazon howto.
 Explain what prmgr does.  
   
 Using npf  Using npf
 ---------  ---------
Line 860  Using npf Line 938  Using npf
 In standard kernels, npf is a module, and thus cannot be loadeed in a  In standard kernels, npf is a module, and thus cannot be loadeed in a
 DOMU kernel.  DOMU kernel.
   
 TODO: explain how to compile npf into a custom kernel, answering:  TODO: explain how to compile npf into a custom kernel, answering (but
   note that the problem was caused by not booting the right kernel):
 http://mail-index.netbsd.org/netbsd-users/2014/12/26/msg015576.html  http://mail-index.netbsd.org/netbsd-users/2014/12/26/msg015576.html
   
   TODO items for improving NetBSD/xen
   ===================================
   
   * Package Xen 4.4.
   * Get PCI passthrough working on Xen 4.2 (or 4.4).
   * Get pvgrub into pkgsrc, either via xentools or separately.
   * grub
     * Check/add support to pkgsrc grub2 for UFS2 and arbitrary
       fragsize/blocksize (UFS2 support may be present; the point is to
       make it so that with any UFS1/UFS2 filesystem setup that works
       with NetBSD grub will also work).
       See [pkg/40258](http://gnats.netbsd.org/40258).
     * Push patches upstream.
     * Get UFS2 patches into pvgrub.
   * Add support for PV ops to a version of /boot, and make it usable as
     a kernel in Xen, similar to pvgrub.

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