Annotation of wikisrc/ports/xen/howto.mdwn, revision 1.118

1.5       mspo        1: Introduction
1.13      gdt         2: ============
1.1       mspo        3: 
                      4: [![[Xen
1.57      gdt         5: screenshot]](http://www.netbsd.org/gallery/in-Action/hubertf-xens.png)](http://www.netbsd.org/gallery/in-Action/hubertf-xen.png)
1.1       mspo        6: 
1.58      gdt         7: Xen is a hypervisor (or virtual machine monitor) for x86 hardware
1.12      gdt         8: (i686-class or higher), which supports running multiple guest
1.58      gdt         9: operating systems on a single physical machine.  Xen is a Type 1 or
                     10: bare-metal hypervisor; one uses the Xen kernel to control the CPU,
                     11: memory and console, a dom0 operating system which mediates access to
                     12: other hardware (e.g., disks, network, USB), and one or more domU
                     13: operating systems which operate in an unprivileged virtualized
                     14: environment.  IO requests from the domU systems are forwarded by the
                     15: hypervisor (Xen) to the dom0 to be fulfilled.
1.12      gdt        16: 
                     17: Xen supports two styles of guests.  The original is Para-Virtualized
                     18: (PV) which means that the guest OS does not attempt to access hardware
                     19: directly, but instead makes hypercalls to the hypervisor.  This is
                     20: analogous to a user-space program making system calls.  (The dom0
                     21: operating system uses PV calls for some functions, such as updating
                     22: memory mapping page tables, but has direct hardware access for disk
                     23: and network.)   PV guests must be specifically coded for Xen.
                     24: 
                     25: The more recent style is HVM, which means that the guest does not have
                     26: code for Xen and need not be aware that it is running under Xen.
                     27: Attempts to access hardware registers are trapped and emulated.  This
                     28: style is less efficient but can run unmodified guests.
                     29: 
1.29      gdt        30: Generally any amd64 machine will work with Xen and PV guests.  In
                     31: theory i386 computers without amd64 support can be used for Xen <=
                     32: 4.2, but we have no recent reports of this working (this is a hint).
1.116     gdt        33: For HVM guests, hardware support is needed, but it is common on recent
                     34: machines.  For Intel CPUs, one needs the VT-x extension, shown in
                     35: "cpuctl identify 0" as VMX.  For AMD CPus, one needs the AMD-V
                     36: extensions, shown in "cpuctl identify 0" as SVM.  There are further
                     37: features for IOMMU virtualization, Intel's VT-d and AMD's AMD-Vi.
                     38: TODO: Explain whether Xen on NetBSD makes use of these features.
                     39: TODO: Review by someone who really understands this.
1.19      gdt        40: 
1.118   ! gdt        41: Note a FreeBSD dom0 requires VT-x and VT-d (or equivalent); this is
        !            42: because the FreeBSD dom0 does not run in PV mode.
        !            43: 
1.27      jnemeth    44: At boot, the dom0 kernel is loaded as a module with Xen as the kernel.
1.12      gdt        45: The dom0 can start one or more domUs.  (Booting is explained in detail
                     46: in the dom0 section.)
                     47: 
                     48: NetBSD supports Xen in that it can serve as dom0, be used as a domU,
                     49: and that Xen kernels and tools are available in pkgsrc.  This HOWTO
                     50: attempts to address both the case of running a NetBSD dom0 on hardware
1.24      gdt        51: and running domUs under it (NetBSD and other), and also running NetBSD
                     52: as a domU in a VPS.
1.12      gdt        53: 
1.20      gdt        54: Some versions of Xen support "PCI passthrough", which means that
                     55: specific PCI devices can be made available to a specific domU instead
                     56: of the dom0.  This can be useful to let a domU run X11, or access some
                     57: network interface or other peripheral.
                     58: 
1.111     wiz        59: NetBSD 6 and earlier supported Xen 2; support was removed from NetBSD
1.104     gdt        60: 7.  Xen 2 has been removed from pkgsrc.
1.54      gdt        61: 
1.12      gdt        62: Prerequisites
1.13      gdt        63: -------------
1.12      gdt        64: 
                     65: Installing NetBSD/Xen is not extremely difficult, but it is more
                     66: complex than a normal installation of NetBSD.
1.15      gdt        67: In general, this HOWTO is occasionally overly restrictive about how
                     68: things must be done, guiding the reader to stay on the established
                     69: path when there are no known good reasons to stray.
1.12      gdt        70: 
                     71: This HOWTO presumes a basic familiarity with the Xen system
1.16      gdt        72: architecture.  This HOWTO presumes familiarity with installing NetBSD
                     73: on i386/amd64 hardware and installing software from pkgsrc.
1.27      jnemeth    74: See also the [Xen website](http://www.xenproject.org/).
1.1       mspo       75: 
1.15      gdt        76: Versions of Xen and NetBSD
                     77: ==========================
                     78: 
1.27      jnemeth    79: Most of the installation concepts and instructions are independent
                     80: of Xen version and NetBSD version.  This section gives advice on
                     81: which version to choose.  Versions not in pkgsrc and older unsupported
                     82: versions of NetBSD are intentionally ignored.
1.15      gdt        83: 
                     84: Xen
                     85: ---
                     86: 
1.111     wiz        87: In NetBSD, Xen is provided in pkgsrc, via matching pairs of packages
1.15      gdt        88: xenkernel and xentools.  We will refer only to the kernel versions,
                     89: but note that both packages must be installed together and must have
                     90: matching versions.
                     91: 
1.104     gdt        92: xenkernel3 provides Xen 3.1.  It is no longer maintained by Xen, and the last applied security patch was in
                     93: 2011. Thus, it should not be used.  It supports PCI passthrough,
                     94: which is why people use it anyway. Xen 3.1 supports i386, both PAE and
                     95: non-PAE.
                     96: 
                     97: xenkernel33 provides Xen 3.3.  It is no longer maintained by Xen, and
                     98: the last applied security patch was in 2012.  Thus, it should not be
                     99: used.  Xen 3.3 supports i386, but only in PAE mode.  There are no good
                    100: reasons to run this version.
                    101: 
                    102: xenkernel41 provides Xen 4.1.  It is no longer maintained by Xen, but
1.112     gdt       103: as of 2016-12 received backported security patches.  Xen 4.1 supports
1.104     gdt       104: i386, but only in PAE mode.  There are no good reasons to run this
                    105: version.
1.102     gdt       106: 
1.104     gdt       107: xenkernel42 provides Xen 4.2.  It is no longer maintained by Xen, but
1.112     gdt       108: as of 2016-12 received backported security patches.  Xen 4.2 supports
1.104     gdt       109: i386, but only in PAE mode.  The only reason to run this is if you
                    110: need to use xm instead of xl, or if you need to run an i386 dom0
                    111: (because your hardware is i386 only).
                    112: 
1.114     gdt       113: xenkernel45 provides Xen 4.5.  As of 2016-12, security patches were
                    114: released by Xen and applied to pkgsrc.  Xen 4.5 requires an amd64
1.104     gdt       115: dom0, but domUs can be amd64 or i386 PAE.  TODO: It is either a
                    116: conservative choice or somewhat old.
                    117: 
1.115     gdt       118: xenkernel46 provides Xen 4.6.  It is new to pkgsrc as of 2016-05.  As
1.114     gdt       119: of 2016-12, security patches were released by Xen and applied to
                    120: pkgsrc.  Xen 4.6 requires an amd64 dom0, but domUs can be amd64 or
1.104     gdt       121: i386 PAE.  TODO: It is either a somewhat aggressive choice or the
                    122: standard choice
1.85      gdt       123: 
1.114     gdt       124: Xen 4.7 (released 2016-06) and 4.8 (released 2016-12) are not yet in
                    125: pkgsrc.
1.113     gdt       126: 
1.96      gdt       127: See also the [Xen Security Advisory page](http://xenbits.xen.org/xsa/).
                    128: 
1.85      gdt       129: Note that NetBSD support is called XEN3.  It works with Xen 3 and Xen
                    130: 4 because the hypercall interface has been stable.
1.20      gdt       131: 
1.19      gdt       132: Xen command program
                    133: -------------------
                    134: 
1.79      gdt       135: Early Xen used a program called xm to manipulate the system from the
1.19      gdt       136: dom0.  Starting in 4.1, a replacement program with similar behavior
1.79      gdt       137: called xl is provided, but it does not work well in 4.1.  In 4.2, both
                    138: xm and xl work fine.  4.4 is the last version that has xm.  You must
                    139: choose one or the other, because it affects which daemons you run.
1.106     gdt       140: However, the rc.d scripts provided by xentools packages expect a
                    141: particular version, and you should use the version used by the
                    142: scripts.
1.19      gdt       143: 
1.15      gdt       144: NetBSD
                    145: ------
                    146: 
1.105     gdt       147: The netbsd-6, netbsd-7, and -current branches are all reasonable
                    148: choices, with more or less the same considerations for non-Xen use.
                    149: Therefore, netbsd-7 is recommended as the stable version of the most
1.117     gdt       150: recent release for production use.  In addition, netbsd-7 and -current
                    151: have a important scheduler fix (in November of 2015) affecting
                    152: contention between dom0 and domUs; see
                    153: https://releng.netbsd.org/cgi-bin/req-7.cgi?show=1040 for a
                    154: description.  For those wanting to learn Xen or without production
                    155: stability concerns, netbsd-7 is still likely most appropriate, but
                    156: -current is also a reasonable choice.  (Xen runs ok on netbsd-5, but
                    157: the xentools packages are likely difficult to build, and netbsd-5 is
                    158: not supported.)
1.15      gdt       159: 
                    160: As of NetBSD 6, a NetBSD domU will support multiple vcpus.  There is
                    161: no SMP support for NetBSD as dom0.  (The dom0 itself doesn't really
1.105     gdt       162: need SMP for dom0 functions; the lack of support is really a problem
                    163: when using a dom0 as a normal computer.)
1.15      gdt       164: 
1.18      gdt       165: Architecture
                    166: ------------
                    167: 
1.108     gdt       168: Xen itself can run on i386 (Xen < 3.1) or amd64 machines (all Xen
1.105     gdt       169: versions).  (Practically, almost any computer where one would want to
                    170: run Xen today supports amd64.)
1.99      gdt       171: 
                    172: Xen, the dom0 kernel, and each domU kernel can be either i386 or
                    173: amd64.  When building a xenkernel package, one obtains i386 on an i386
1.111     wiz       174: host, and amd64 on an amd64 host.  If the Xen kernel is i386, then the
                    175: dom0 kernel and all domU kernels must be i386.  With an amd64 Xen
1.105     gdt       176: kernel, an amd64 dom0 kernel is known to work, and an i386PAE dom0
1.111     wiz       177: kernel should in theory work.  An amd64 Xen/dom0 is known to support
1.105     gdt       178: both i386PAE and amd64 domUs.
1.99      gdt       179: 
1.101     gdt       180: i386 dom0 and domU kernels must be PAE (except for Xen 3.1); these are
                    181: built by default.  (Note that emacs (at least) fails if run on i386
                    182: with PAE when built without, and vice versa, presumably due to bugs in
                    183: the undump code.)
1.99      gdt       184: 
                    185: Because of the above, the standard approach is to use amd64 for the
                    186: dom0.
1.29      gdt       187: 
                    188: Xen 4.2 is the last version to support i386 as a host.  TODO: Clarify
1.111     wiz       189: if this is about the CPU, the Xen kernel, or the dom0 kernel having to
1.100     gdt       190: be amd64.
                    191: 
1.29      gdt       192: 
1.89      gdt       193: Stability
                    194: ---------
                    195: 
                    196: Mostly, NetBSD as a dom0 or domU is quite stable.
                    197: However, there are some open PRs indicating problems.
                    198: 
1.91      gdt       199:  - [PR 48125](http://gnats.netbsd.org/48125)
                    200:  - [PR 47720](http://gnats.netbsd.org/47720)
1.89      gdt       201: 
                    202: Note also that there are issues with sparse vnd(4) instances, but
1.105     gdt       203: these are not about Xen -- they just are noticed with sparse vnd(4)
                    204: instances in support of virtual disks in a dom0.
1.89      gdt       205: 
1.15      gdt       206: Recommendation
                    207: --------------
                    208: 
1.105     gdt       209: Therefore, this HOWTO recommends running xenkernel45 or xenkernel46,
                    210: xl, the NetBSD 7 stable branch, and to use an amd64 kernel as the
                    211: dom0.  Either the i386PAE or amd64 version of NetBSD may be used as
                    212: domUs.
1.15      gdt       213: 
1.36      gdt       214: Build problems
                    215: --------------
                    216: 
                    217: Ideally, all versions of Xen in pkgsrc would build on all versions of
                    218: NetBSD on both i386 and amd64.  However, that isn't the case.  Besides
                    219: aging code and aging compilers, qemu (included in xentools for HVM
1.62      gdt       220: support) is difficult to build.  The following are known to work or FAIL:
1.36      gdt       221: 
1.62      gdt       222:         xenkernel3 netbsd-5 amd64
1.63      gdt       223:         xentools3 netbsd-5 amd64
1.64      gdt       224:         xentools3=hvm netbsd-5 amd64 ????
1.62      gdt       225:         xenkernel33 netbsd-5 amd64
1.63      gdt       226:         xentools33 netbsd-5 amd64
1.36      gdt       227:         xenkernel41 netbsd-5 amd64
                    228:         xentools41 netbsd-5 amd64
1.62      gdt       229:         xenkernel42 netbsd-5 amd64
1.64      gdt       230:         xentools42 netbsd-5 amd64
1.62      gdt       231: 
                    232:         xenkernel3 netbsd-6 i386 FAIL
                    233:         xentools3 netbsd-6 i386
1.63      gdt       234:         xentools3-hvm netbsd-6 i386 FAIL (dependencies fail)
                    235:         xenkernel33 netbsd-6 i386
                    236:         xentools33 netbsd-6 i386
1.36      gdt       237:         xenkernel41 netbsd-6 i386
                    238:         xentools41 netbsd-6 i386
1.63      gdt       239:         xenkernel42 netbsd-6 i386
1.64      gdt       240:         xentools42 netbsd-6 i386 *MIXED
                    241: 
1.69      gdt       242:        (all 3 and 33 seem to FAIL)
                    243:         xenkernel41 netbsd-7 i386
                    244:         xentools41 netbsd-7 i386
                    245:         xenkernel42 netbsd-7 i386
                    246:         xentools42 netbsd-7 i386 ??FAIL
                    247: 
1.64      gdt       248: (*On netbsd-6 i386, there is a xentools42 in the 2014Q3 official builds,
                    249: but it does not build for gdt.)
1.36      gdt       250: 
1.15      gdt       251: NetBSD as a dom0
                    252: ================
                    253: 
                    254: NetBSD can be used as a dom0 and works very well.  The following
                    255: sections address installation, updating NetBSD, and updating Xen.
1.19      gdt       256: Note that it doesn't make sense to talk about installing a dom0 OS
                    257: without also installing Xen itself.  We first address installing
                    258: NetBSD, which is not yet a dom0, and then adding Xen, pivoting the
                    259: NetBSD install to a dom0 install by just changing the kernel and boot
                    260: configuration.
1.15      gdt       261: 
1.45      gdt       262: For experimenting with Xen, a machine with as little as 1G of RAM and
                    263: 100G of disk can work.  For running many domUs in productions, far
                    264: more will be needed.
                    265: 
1.15      gdt       266: Styles of dom0 operation
                    267: ------------------------
                    268: 
                    269: There are two basic ways to use Xen.  The traditional method is for
                    270: the dom0 to do absolutely nothing other than providing support to some
                    271: number of domUs.  Such a system was probably installed for the sole
                    272: purpose of hosting domUs, and sits in a server room on a UPS.
                    273: 
                    274: The other way is to put Xen under a normal-usage computer, so that the
                    275: dom0 is what the computer would have been without Xen, perhaps a
                    276: desktop or laptop.  Then, one can run domUs at will.  Purists will
                    277: deride this as less secure than the previous approach, and for a
                    278: computer whose purpose is to run domUs, they are right.  But Xen and a
1.93      gdt       279: dom0 (without domUs) is not meaningfully less secure than the same
1.15      gdt       280: things running without Xen.  One can boot Xen or boot regular NetBSD
                    281: alternately with little problems, simply refraining from starting the
                    282: Xen daemons when not running Xen.
                    283: 
                    284: Note that NetBSD as dom0 does not support multiple CPUs.  This will
1.51      gdt       285: limit the performance of the Xen/dom0 workstation approach.  In theory
                    286: the only issue is that the "backend drivers" are not yet MPSAFE:
                    287:   http://mail-index.netbsd.org/netbsd-users/2014/08/29/msg015195.html
1.15      gdt       288: 
1.19      gdt       289: Installation of NetBSD
                    290: ----------------------
1.13      gdt       291: 
1.19      gdt       292: First,
1.27      jnemeth   293: [install NetBSD/amd64](/guide/inst/)
1.19      gdt       294: just as you would if you were not using Xen.
                    295: However, the partitioning approach is very important.
                    296: 
                    297: If you want to use RAIDframe for the dom0, there are no special issues
                    298: for Xen.  Typically one provides RAID storage for the dom0, and the
1.22      gdt       299: domU systems are unaware of RAID.  The 2nd-stage loader bootxx_* skips
1.111     wiz       300: over a RAID1 header to find /boot from a file system within a RAID
1.22      gdt       301: partition; this is no different when booting Xen.
1.19      gdt       302: 
                    303: There are 4 styles of providing backing storage for the virtual disks
1.93      gdt       304: used by domUs: raw partitions, LVM, file-backed vnd(4), and SAN.
1.19      gdt       305: 
                    306: With raw partitions, one has a disklabel (or gpt) partition sized for
                    307: each virtual disk to be used by the domU.  (If you are able to predict
                    308: how domU usage will evolve, please add an explanation to the HOWTO.
                    309: Seriously, needs tend to change over time.)
                    310: 
1.27      jnemeth   311: One can use [lvm(8)](/guide/lvm/) to create logical devices to use
                    312: for domU disks.  This is almost as efficient as raw disk partitions
                    313: and more flexible.  Hence raw disk partitions should typically not
                    314: be used.
1.19      gdt       315: 
1.111     wiz       316: One can use files in the dom0 file system, typically created by dd'ing
1.19      gdt       317: /dev/zero to create a specific size.  This is somewhat less efficient,
                    318: but very convenient, as one can cp the files for backup, or move them
                    319: between dom0 hosts.
                    320: 
                    321: Finally, in theory one can place the files backing the domU disks in a
                    322: SAN.  (This is an invitation for someone who has done this to add a
                    323: HOWTO page.)
1.1       mspo      324: 
1.19      gdt       325: Installation of Xen
                    326: -------------------
1.1       mspo      327: 
1.20      gdt       328: In the dom0, install sysutils/xenkernel42 and sysutils/xentools42 from
                    329: pkgsrc (or another matching pair).
                    330: See [the pkgsrc
                    331: documentation](http://www.NetBSD.org/docs/pkgsrc/) for help with pkgsrc.
                    332: 
                    333: For Xen 3.1, support for HVM guests is in sysutils/xentool3-hvm.  More
                    334: recent versions have HVM support integrated in the main xentools
                    335: package.  It is entirely reasonable to run only PV guests.
                    336: 
                    337: Next you need to install the selected Xen kernel itself, which is
                    338: installed by pkgsrc as "/usr/pkg/xen*-kernel/xen.gz".  Copy it to /.
                    339: For debugging, one may copy xen-debug.gz; this is conceptually similar
                    340: to DIAGNOSTIC and DEBUG in NetBSD.  xen-debug.gz is basically only
                    341: useful with a serial console.  Then, place a NetBSD XEN3_DOM0 kernel
                    342: in /, copied from releasedir/amd64/binary/kernel/netbsd-XEN3_DOM0.gz
1.75      gdt       343: of a NetBSD build.  If using i386, use
                    344: releasedir/i386/binary/kernel/netbsd-XEN3PAE_DOM0.gz.  (If using Xen
                    345: 3.1 and i386, you may use XEN3_DOM0 with the non-PAE Xen.  But you
                    346: should not use Xen 3.1.)  Both xen and the NetBSD kernel may be (and
                    347: typically are) left compressed.
                    348: 
1.111     wiz       349: In a dom0 kernel, kernfs is mandatory for xend to communicate with the
1.75      gdt       350: kernel, so ensure that /kern is in fstab.  TODO: Say this is default,
                    351: or file a PR and give a reference.
1.20      gdt       352: 
                    353: Because you already installed NetBSD, you have a working boot setup
                    354: with an MBR bootblock, either bootxx_ffsv1 or bootxx_ffsv2 at the
1.111     wiz       355: beginning of your root file system, /boot present, and likely
1.20      gdt       356: /boot.cfg.  (If not, fix before continuing!)
                    357: 
1.76      gdt       358: Add a line to to /boot.cfg to boot Xen.  See boot.cfg(5) for an
                    359: example.  The basic line is
1.20      gdt       360: 
1.37      gdt       361:         menu=Xen:load /netbsd-XEN3_DOM0.gz console=pc;multiboot /xen.gz dom0_mem=256M
1.20      gdt       362: 
                    363: which specifies that the dom0 should have 256M, leaving the rest to be
1.77      gdt       364: allocated for domUs.  To use a serial console, use
                    365: 
                    366:         menu=Xen:load /netbsd-XEN3_DOM0.gz console=com0;multiboot /xen.gz dom0_mem=256M console=com1 com1=9600,8n1
                    367: 
                    368: which will use the first serial port for Xen (which counts starting
                    369: from 1), forcing speed/parity, and also for NetBSD (which counts
                    370: starting at 0).  In an attempt to add performance, one can also add
1.37      gdt       371: 
                    372:         dom0_max_vcpus=1 dom0_vcpus_pin
                    373: 
                    374: to force only one vcpu to be provided (since NetBSD dom0 can't use
1.111     wiz       375: more) and to pin that vcpu to a physical CPU.  TODO: benchmark this.
1.20      gdt       376: 
1.93      gdt       377: Xen has [many boot
                    378: options](http://xenbits.xenproject.org/docs/4.5-testing/misc/xen-command-line.html),
1.111     wiz       379: and other than dom0 memory and max_vcpus, they are generally not
1.93      gdt       380: necessary.
                    381: 
1.20      gdt       382: As with non-Xen systems, you should have a line to boot /netbsd (a
                    383: kernel that works without Xen) and fallback versions of the non-Xen
                    384: kernel, Xen, and the dom0 kernel.
1.1       mspo      385: 
1.76      gdt       386: Now, reboot so that you are running a DOM0 kernel under Xen, rather
                    387: than GENERIC without Xen.
                    388: 
1.54      gdt       389: Using grub (historic)
                    390: ---------------------
                    391: 
                    392: Before NetBSD's native bootloader could support Xen, the use of
                    393: grub was recommended.  If necessary, see the
                    394: [old grub information](/ports/xen/howto-grub/).
                    395: 
1.28      gdt       396: The [HowTo on Installing into
                    397: RAID-1](http://mail-index.NetBSD.org/port-xen/2006/03/01/0010.html)
                    398: explains how to set up booting a dom0 with Xen using grub with
                    399: NetBSD's RAIDframe.  (This is obsolete with the use of NetBSD's native
                    400: boot.)
                    401: 
1.21      gdt       402: Configuring Xen
                    403: ---------------
                    404: 
1.53      gdt       405: Xen logs will be in /var/log/xen.
                    406: 
1.76      gdt       407: Now, you have a system that will boot Xen and the dom0 kernel, but not
                    408: do anything else special.  Make sure that you have rebooted into Xen.
                    409: There will be no domUs, and none can be started because you still have
1.102     gdt       410: to configure the dom0 daemons.
1.21      gdt       411: 
1.102     gdt       412: The daemons which should be run vary with Xen version and with whether
                    413: one is using xm or xl.  The Xen 3.1 and 3.3 packages use xm.  Xen 4.1
                    414: and higher packages use xl.  While is is possible to use xm with some
                    415: 4.x versions (TODO: 4.1 and 4.2?), the pkgsrc-provided rc.d scripts do
                    416: not support this as of 2014-12-26, and thus the HOWTO does not support
                    417: it either.  (Make sure your packages are reasonably recent.)
1.43      gdt       418: 
1.102     gdt       419: For "xm" (3.1 and 3.3), you should enable xend and xenbackendd (but
                    420: note that you should be using 4.x):
1.31      gdt       421: 
1.32      gdt       422:         xend=YES
                    423:         xenbackendd=YES
1.31      gdt       424: 
1.102     gdt       425: For "xl" (4.x), you should enabled xend and xencommons (xenstored).
                    426: Trying to boot 4.x without xencommons=YES will result in a hang; it is
1.111     wiz       427: necessary to hit ^C on the console to let the machine finish booting.
1.102     gdt       428: TODO: explain why xend is installed by the package.
1.31      gdt       429: 
1.53      gdt       430:         xencommons=YES
1.31      gdt       431: 
1.102     gdt       432: The installation of NetBSD should already have created devices for xen
                    433: (xencons, xenevt), but if they are not present, create them:
1.31      gdt       434: 
1.102     gdt       435:         cd /dev && sh MAKEDEV xen
1.86      gdt       436: 
1.31      gdt       437: TODO: Recommend for/against xen-watchdog.
1.27      jnemeth   438: 
1.53      gdt       439: After you have configured the daemons and either started them (in the
1.79      gdt       440: order given) or rebooted, use xm or xl to inspect Xen's boot messages,
1.102     gdt       441: available resources, and running domains.  An example with xl follows:
1.34      gdt       442: 
1.102     gdt       443:         # xl dmesg
1.43      gdt       444:        [xen's boot info]
1.102     gdt       445:         # xl info
1.43      gdt       446:        [available memory, etc.]
1.102     gdt       447:         # xl list
1.43      gdt       448:         Name              Id  Mem(MB)  CPU  State  Time(s)  Console
                    449:         Domain-0           0       64    0  r----     58.1
1.33      gdt       450: 
1.88      gdt       451: ### Issues with xencommons
                    452: 
                    453: xencommons starts xenstored, which stores data on behalf of dom0 and
                    454: domUs.  It does not currently work to stop and start xenstored.
                    455: Certainly all domUs should be shutdown first, following the sort order
                    456: of the rc.d scripts.  However, the dom0 sets up state with xenstored,
                    457: and is not notified when xenstored exits, leading to not recreating
                    458: the state when the new xenstored starts.  Until there's a mechanism to
                    459: make this work, one should not expect to be able to restart xenstored
                    460: (and thus xencommons).  There is currently no reason to expect that
                    461: this will get fixed any time soon.
                    462: 
1.41      gdt       463: anita (for testing NetBSD)
                    464: --------------------------
                    465: 
1.82      gdt       466: With the setup so far (assuming 4.2/xl), one should be able to run
                    467: anita (see pkgsrc/misc/py-anita) to test NetBSD releases, by doing (as
                    468: root, because anita must create a domU):
                    469: 
                    470:         anita --vmm=xl test file:///usr/obj/i386/
                    471: 
                    472: Alternatively, one can use --vmm=xm to use xm-based domU creation
                    473: instead (and must, on Xen <= 4.1).   TODO: confirm that anita xl really works.
                    474:     
1.40      gdt       475: Xen-specific NetBSD issues
                    476: --------------------------
                    477: 
                    478: There are (at least) two additional things different about NetBSD as a
                    479: dom0 kernel compared to hardware.
                    480: 
1.111     wiz       481: One is that the module ABI is different because some of the #defines
1.109     gdt       482: change, so one must build modules for Xen.  As of netbsd-7, the build
                    483: system does this automatically.  TODO: check this.  (Before building
                    484: Xen modules was added, it was awkward to use modules to the point
                    485: where it was considered that it did not work.)
1.40      gdt       486: 
                    487: The other difference is that XEN3_DOM0 does not have exactly the same
                    488: options as GENERIC.  While it is debatable whether or not this is a
                    489: bug, users should be aware of this and can simply add missing config
                    490: items if desired.
                    491: 
1.15      gdt       492: Updating NetBSD in a dom0
                    493: -------------------------
                    494: 
                    495: This is just like updating NetBSD on bare hardware, assuming the new
                    496: version supports the version of Xen you are running.  Generally, one
                    497: replaces the kernel and reboots, and then overlays userland binaries
                    498: and adjusts /etc.
                    499: 
                    500: Note that one must update both the non-Xen kernel typically used for
                    501: rescue purposes and the DOM0 kernel used with Xen.
                    502: 
1.55      gdt       503: Converting from grub to /boot
                    504: -----------------------------
                    505: 
                    506: These instructions were [TODO: will be] used to convert a system from
                    507: grub to /boot.  The system was originally installed in February of
                    508: 2006 with a RAID1 setup and grub to boot Xen 2, and has been updated
                    509: over time.  Before these commands, it was running NetBSD 6 i386, Xen
                    510: 4.1 and grub, much like the message linked earlier in the grub
                    511: section.
                    512: 
1.111     wiz       513:         # Install MBR bootblocks on both disks. 
1.55      gdt       514:         fdisk -i /dev/rwd0d
                    515:         fdisk -i /dev/rwd1d
                    516:         # Install NetBSD primary boot loader (/ is FFSv1) into RAID1 components.
                    517:         installboot -v /dev/rwd0d /usr/mdec/bootxx_ffsv1
                    518:         installboot -v /dev/rwd1d /usr/mdec/bootxx_ffsv1
                    519:         # Install secondary boot loader
                    520:         cp -p /usr/mdec/boot /
1.111     wiz       521:         # Create boot.cfg following earlier guidance:
1.55      gdt       522:         menu=Xen:load /netbsd-XEN3PAE_DOM0.gz console=pc;multiboot /xen.gz dom0_mem=256M
                    523:         menu=Xen.ok:load /netbsd-XEN3PAE_DOM0.ok.gz console=pc;multiboot /xen.ok.gz dom0_mem=256M
                    524:         menu=GENERIC:boot
                    525:         menu=GENERIC single-user:boot -s
                    526:         menu=GENERIC.ok:boot netbsd.ok
                    527:         menu=GENERIC.ok single-user:boot netbsd.ok -s
                    528:         menu=Drop to boot prompt:prompt
                    529:         default=1
                    530:         timeout=30
                    531: 
                    532: TODO: actually do this and fix it if necessary.
1.22      gdt       533: 
1.102     gdt       534: Upgrading Xen versions
1.15      gdt       535: ---------------------
                    536: 
1.110     gdt       537: Minor version upgrades are trivial.  Just rebuild/replace the
                    538: xenkernel version and copy the new xen.gz to / (where /boot.cfg
                    539: references it), and reboot.
                    540: 
                    541: Major version upgrades are conceptually not difficult, but can run
                    542: into all the issues found when installing Xen.  Assuming migration
                    543: from 4.1 to 4.2, remove the xenkernel41 and xentools41 packages and
                    544: install the xenkernel42 and xentools42 packages.  Copy the 4.2 xen.gz
                    545: to /.
1.21      gdt       546: 
1.102     gdt       547: Ensure that the contents of /etc/rc.d/xen* are correct.  Specifically,
                    548: they must match the package you just installed and not be left over
                    549: from some previous installation.
                    550: 
                    551: Enable the correct set of daemons; see the configuring section above.
                    552: (Upgrading from 3.x to 4.x without doing this will result in a hang.)
                    553: 
                    554: Ensure that the domU config files are valid for the new version.
1.110     gdt       555: Specifically, for 4.x remove autorestart=True, and ensure that disks
                    556: are specified with numbers as the second argument, as the examples
                    557: above show, and not NetBSD device names.
1.15      gdt       558: 
1.97      gdt       559: Hardware known to work
                    560: ----------------------
                    561: 
                    562: Arguably, this section is misplaced, and there should be a page of
                    563: hardware that runs NetBSD/amd64 well, with the mostly-well-founded
                    564: assumption that NetBSD/xen runs fine on any modern hardware that
                    565: NetBSD/amd64 runs well on.  Until then, we give motherboard/CPU/RAM
                    566: triples to aid those choosing a motherboard.  Note that Xen systems
                    567: usually do not run X, so a listing here does not imply that X works at
                    568: all.
                    569: 
                    570:         Supermicro X9SRL-F, Xeon E5-1650 v2, 96 GiB ECC
                    571:         Supermicro ??, Atom C2758 (8 core), 32 GiB ECC
                    572:         ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3 AM3+ microATX, AMD Piledriver X8 4000MHz, 16 GiB ECC
                    573: 
                    574: Older hardware:
                    575: 
1.98      gdt       576:         Intel D915GEV, Pentium4 CPU 3.40GHz, 4GB 533MHz Synchronous DDR2
1.28      gdt       577: 
1.82      gdt       578: Running Xen under qemu
                    579: ----------------------
                    580: 
                    581: The astute reader will note that this section is somewhat twisted.
                    582: However, it can be useful to run Xen under qemu either because the
                    583: version of NetBSD as a dom0 does not run on the hardware in use, or to
                    584: generate automated test cases involving Xen.
                    585: 
1.84      gdt       586: In 2015-01, the following combination was reported to mostly work:
1.82      gdt       587: 
                    588:         host OS: NetBSD/amd64 6.1.4
                    589:         qemu: 2.2.0 from pkgsrc
                    590:         Xen kernel: xenkernel42-4.2.5nb1 from pkgsrc
                    591:         dom0 kernel: NetBSD/amd64 6.1.5
                    592:         Xen tools: xentools42-4.2.5 from pkgsrc
                    593: 
1.91      gdt       594: See [PR 47720](http://gnats.netbsd.org/47720) for a problem with dom0
                    595: shutdown.
1.84      gdt       596: 
1.28      gdt       597: Unprivileged domains (domU)
                    598: ===========================
                    599: 
                    600: This section describes general concepts about domUs.  It does not
1.33      gdt       601: address specific domU operating systems or how to install them.  The
                    602: config files for domUs are typically in /usr/pkg/etc/xen, and are
1.60      wiki      603: typically named so that the file name, domU name and the domU's host
1.33      gdt       604: name match.
                    605: 
1.111     wiz       606: The domU is provided with CPU and memory by Xen, configured by the
1.33      gdt       607: dom0.  The domU is provided with disk and network by the dom0,
                    608: mediated by Xen, and configured in the dom0.
                    609: 
                    610: Entropy in domUs can be an issue; physical disks and network are on
                    611: the dom0.  NetBSD's /dev/random system works, but is often challenged.
                    612: 
1.48      gdt       613: Config files
                    614: ------------
                    615: 
                    616: There is no good order to present config files and the concepts
                    617: surrounding what is being configured.  We first show an example config
                    618: file, and then in the various sections give details.
                    619: 
                    620: See (at least in xentools41) /usr/pkg/share/examples/xen/xmexample*,
                    621: for a large number of well-commented examples, mostly for running
                    622: GNU/Linux.
                    623: 
                    624: The following is an example minimal domain configuration file
                    625: "/usr/pkg/etc/xen/foo".  It is (with only a name change) an actual
                    626: known working config file on Xen 4.1 (NetBSD 5 amd64 dom0 and NetBSD 5
                    627: i386 domU).  The domU serves as a network file server.
                    628: 
                    629:         # -*- mode: python; -*-
                    630: 
                    631:         kernel = "/netbsd-XEN3PAE_DOMU-i386-foo.gz"
                    632:         memory = 1024
                    633:         vif = [ 'mac=aa:00:00:d1:00:09,bridge=bridge0' ]
                    634:         disk = [ 'file:/n0/xen/foo-wd0,0x0,w',
                    635:                  'file:/n0/xen/foo-wd1,0x1,w' ]
                    636: 
                    637: The domain will have the same name as the file.  The kernel has the
                    638: host/domU name in it, so that on the dom0 one can update the various
                    639: domUs independently.  The vif line causes an interface to be provided,
                    640: with a specific mac address (do not reuse MAC addresses!), in bridge
                    641: mode.  Two disks are provided, and they are both writable; the bits
                    642: are stored in files and Xen attaches them to a vnd(4) device in the
1.111     wiz       643: dom0 on domain creation.  The system treats xbd0 as the boot device
1.48      gdt       644: without needing explicit configuration.
                    645: 
                    646: By default xm looks for domain config files in /usr/pkg/etc/xen.  Note
                    647: that "xm create" takes the name of a config file, while other commands
                    648: take the name of a domain.  To create the domain, connect to the
                    649: console, create the domain while attaching the console, shutdown the
                    650: domain, and see if it has finished stopping, do (or xl with Xen >=
                    651: 4.2):
                    652: 
                    653:         xm create foo
                    654:         xm console foo
                    655:         xm create -c foo
                    656:         xm shutdown foo
1.90      gdt       657:         xm list
1.48      gdt       658: 
                    659: Typing ^] will exit the console session.  Shutting down a domain is
                    660: equivalent to pushing the power button; a NetBSD domU will receive a
                    661: power-press event and do a clean shutdown.  Shutting down the dom0
                    662: will trigger controlled shutdowns of all configured domUs.
                    663: 
                    664: domU kernels
                    665: ------------
                    666: 
                    667: On a physical computer, the BIOS reads sector 0, and a chain of boot
                    668: loaders finds and loads a kernel.  Normally this comes from the root
1.111     wiz       669: file system.  With Xen domUs, the process is totally different.  The
1.48      gdt       670: normal path is for the domU kernel to be a file in the dom0's
1.111     wiz       671: file system.  At the request of the dom0, Xen loads that kernel into a
1.48      gdt       672: new domU instance and starts execution.  While domU kernels can be
                    673: anyplace, reasonable places to store domU kernels on the dom0 are in /
                    674: (so they are near the dom0 kernel), in /usr/pkg/etc/xen (near the
                    675: config files), or in /u0/xen (where the vdisks are).
                    676: 
1.59      gdt       677: Note that loading the domU kernel from the dom0 implies that boot
                    678: blocks, /boot, /boot.cfg, and so on are all ignored in the domU.
1.48      gdt       679: See the VPS section near the end for discussion of alternate ways to
                    680: obtain domU kernels.
                    681: 
1.33      gdt       682: CPU and memory
                    683: --------------
                    684: 
1.48      gdt       685: A domain is provided with some number of vcpus, less than the number
1.111     wiz       686: of CPUs seen by the hypervisor.  (For a dom0, this is controlled by
1.48      gdt       687: the boot argument "dom0_max_vcpus=1".)  For a domU, it is controlled
                    688: from the config file by the "vcpus = N" directive.
                    689: 
                    690: A domain is provided with memory; this is controlled in the config
                    691: file by "memory = N" (in megabytes).  In the straightforward case, the
                    692: sum of the the memory allocated to the dom0 and all domUs must be less
1.33      gdt       693: than the available memory.
                    694: 
                    695: Xen also provides a "balloon" driver, which can be used to let domains
                    696: use more memory temporarily.  TODO: Explain better, and explain how
                    697: well it works with NetBSD.
1.28      gdt       698: 
                    699: Virtual disks
                    700: -------------
                    701: 
1.33      gdt       702: With the file/vnd style, typically one creates a directory,
                    703: e.g. /u0/xen, on a disk large enough to hold virtual disks for all
                    704: domUs.  Then, for each domU disk, one writes zeros to a file that then
                    705: serves to hold the virtual disk's bits; a suggested name is foo-xbd0
                    706: for the first virtual disk for the domU called foo.  Writing zeros to
                    707: the file serves two purposes.  One is that preallocating the contents
                    708: improves performance.  The other is that vnd on sparse files has
                    709: failed to work.  TODO: give working/notworking NetBSD versions for
                    710: sparse vnd.  Note that the use of file/vnd for Xen is not really
                    711: different than creating a file-backed virtual disk for some other
1.39      gdt       712: purpose, except that xentools handles the vnconfig commands.  To
                    713: create an empty 4G virtual disk, simply do
                    714: 
                    715:         dd if=/dev/zero of=foo-xbd0 bs=1m count=4096
1.33      gdt       716: 
1.89      gdt       717: Do not use qemu-img-xen, because this will create sparse file.  There
                    718: have been recent (2015) reports of sparse vnd(4) devices causing
                    719: lockups, but there is apparently no PR.
                    720: 
1.33      gdt       721: With the lvm style, one creates logical devices.  They are then used
1.48      gdt       722: similarly to vnds.  TODO: Add an example with lvm.
                    723: 
                    724: In domU config files, the disks are defined as a sequence of 3-tuples.
                    725: The first element is "method:/path/to/disk".  Common methods are
                    726: "file:" for file-backed vnd. and "phy:" for something that is already
                    727: a (TODO: character or block) device.
                    728: 
                    729: The second element is an artifact of how virtual disks are passed to
                    730: Linux, and a source of confusion with NetBSD Xen usage.  Linux domUs
                    731: are given a device name to associate with the disk, and values like
                    732: "hda1" or "sda1" are common.  In a NetBSD domU, the first disk appears
                    733: as xbd0, the second as xbd1, and so on.  However, xm/xl demand a
                    734: second argument.  The name given is converted to a major/minor by
1.49      gdt       735: calling stat(2) on the name in /dev and this is passed to the domU.
                    736: In the general case, the dom0 and domU can be different operating
1.48      gdt       737: systems, and it is an unwarranted assumption that they have consistent
                    738: numbering in /dev, or even that the dom0 OS has a /dev.  With NetBSD
                    739: as both dom0 and domU, using values of 0x0 for the first disk and 0x1
1.49      gdt       740: for the second works fine and avoids this issue.  For a GNU/Linux
                    741: guest, one can create /dev/hda1 in /dev, or to pass 0x301 for
                    742: /dev/hda1.
1.48      gdt       743: 
                    744: The third element is "w" for writable disks, and "r" for read-only
                    745: disks.
1.28      gdt       746: 
                    747: Virtual Networking
                    748: ------------------
                    749: 
1.111     wiz       750: Xen provides virtual Ethernets, each of which connects the dom0 and a
1.46      gdt       751: domU.  For each virtual network, there is an interface "xvifN.M" in
                    752: the dom0, and in domU index N, a matching interface xennetM (NetBSD
                    753: name).  The interfaces behave as if there is an Ethernet with two
1.111     wiz       754: adapters connected.  From this primitive, one can construct various
1.46      gdt       755: configurations.  We focus on two common and useful cases for which
                    756: there are existing scripts: bridging and NAT.
1.28      gdt       757: 
1.48      gdt       758: With bridging (in the example above), the domU perceives itself to be
                    759: on the same network as the dom0.  For server virtualization, this is
                    760: usually best.  Bridging is accomplished by creating a bridge(4) device
                    761: and adding the dom0's physical interface and the various xvifN.0
                    762: interfaces to the bridge.  One specifies "bridge=bridge0" in the domU
                    763: config file.  The bridge must be set up already in the dom0; an
                    764: example /etc/ifconfig.bridge0 is:
1.46      gdt       765: 
                    766:         create
                    767:         up
                    768:         !brconfig bridge0 add wm0
1.28      gdt       769: 
                    770: With NAT, the domU perceives itself to be behind a NAT running on the
                    771: dom0.  This is often appropriate when running Xen on a workstation.
1.48      gdt       772: TODO: NAT appears to be configured by "vif = [ '' ]".
1.28      gdt       773: 
1.49      gdt       774: The MAC address specified is the one used for the interface in the new
1.53      gdt       775: domain.  The interface in dom0 will use this address XOR'd with
1.49      gdt       776: 00:00:00:01:00:00.  Random MAC addresses are assigned if not given.
                    777: 
1.33      gdt       778: Sizing domains
                    779: --------------
                    780: 
                    781: Modern x86 hardware has vast amounts of resources.  However, many
                    782: virtual servers can function just fine on far less.  A system with
                    783: 256M of RAM and a 4G disk can be a reasonable choice.  Note that it is
                    784: far easier to adjust virtual resources than physical ones.  For
                    785: memory, it's just a config file edit and a reboot.  For disk, one can
                    786: create a new file and vnconfig it (or lvm), and then dump/restore,
                    787: just like updating physical disks, but without having to be there and
                    788: without those pesky connectors.
                    789: 
1.48      gdt       790: Starting domains automatically
                    791: ------------------------------
1.28      gdt       792: 
1.48      gdt       793: To start domains foo at bar at boot and shut them down cleanly on dom0
                    794: shutdown, in rc.conf add:
1.28      gdt       795: 
1.48      gdt       796:         xendomains="foo bar"
1.28      gdt       797: 
1.111     wiz       798: Note that earlier versions of the xentools41 xendomains rc.d script
                    799: used xl, when one should use xm with 4.1.
1.28      gdt       800: 
                    801: Creating specific unprivileged domains (domU)
                    802: =============================================
1.14      gdt       803: 
                    804: Creating domUs is almost entirely independent of operating system.  We
1.49      gdt       805: have already presented the basics of config files.  Note that you must
                    806: have already completed the dom0 setup so that "xl list" (or "xm list")
                    807: works.
1.14      gdt       808: 
                    809: Creating an unprivileged NetBSD domain (domU)
                    810: ---------------------------------------------
1.1       mspo      811: 
1.49      gdt       812: See the earlier config file, and adjust memory.  Decide on how much
                    813: storage you will provide, and prepare it (file or lvm).
                    814: 
1.111     wiz       815: While the kernel will be obtained from the dom0 file system, the same
1.49      gdt       816: file should be present in the domU as /netbsd so that tools like
                    817: savecore(8) can work.   (This is helpful but not necessary.)
                    818: 
                    819: The kernel must be specifically for Xen and for use as a domU.  The
                    820: i386 and amd64 provide the following kernels:
                    821: 
                    822:         i386 XEN3_DOMU
                    823:         i386 XEN3PAE_DOMU
1.95      gdt       824:         amd64 XEN3_DOMU
1.5       mspo      825: 
1.49      gdt       826: Unless using Xen 3.1 (and you shouldn't) with i386-mode Xen, you must
                    827: use the PAE version of the i386 kernel.
                    828: 
                    829: This will boot NetBSD, but this is not that useful if the disk is
                    830: empty.  One approach is to unpack sets onto the disk outside of xen
                    831: (by mounting it, just as you would prepare a physical disk for a
                    832: system you can't run the installer on).
                    833: 
                    834: A second approach is to run an INSTALL kernel, which has a miniroot
                    835: and can load sets from the network.  To do this, copy the INSTALL
                    836: kernel to / and change the kernel line in the config file to:
1.5       mspo      837: 
1.49      gdt       838:         kernel = "/home/bouyer/netbsd-INSTALL_XEN3_DOMU"
1.5       mspo      839: 
1.49      gdt       840: Then, start the domain as "xl create -c configname".
1.1       mspo      841: 
1.49      gdt       842: Alternatively, if you want to install NetBSD/Xen with a CDROM image, the following
                    843: line should be used in the config file.
1.1       mspo      844: 
1.3       mspo      845:     disk = [ 'phy:/dev/wd0e,0x1,w', 'phy:/dev/cd0a,0x2,r' ]
1.1       mspo      846: 
                    847: After booting the domain, the option to install via CDROM may be
1.49      gdt       848: selected.  The CDROM device should be changed to `xbd1d`.
1.1       mspo      849: 
1.49      gdt       850: Once done installing, "halt -p" the new domain (don't reboot or halt,
                    851: it would reload the INSTALL_XEN3_DOMU kernel even if you changed the
                    852: config file), switch the config file back to the XEN3_DOMU kernel,
                    853: and start the new domain again. Now it should be able to use "root on
                    854: xbd0a" and you should have a, functional NetBSD domU.
1.1       mspo      855: 
1.49      gdt       856: TODO: check if this is still accurate.
1.1       mspo      857: When the new domain is booting you'll see some warnings about *wscons*
                    858: and the pseudo-terminals. These can be fixed by editing the files
1.5       mspo      859: `/etc/ttys` and `/etc/wscons.conf`. You must disable all terminals in
                    860: `/etc/ttys`, except *console*, like this:
1.1       mspo      861: 
1.3       mspo      862:     console "/usr/libexec/getty Pc"         vt100   on secure
                    863:     ttyE0   "/usr/libexec/getty Pc"         vt220   off secure
                    864:     ttyE1   "/usr/libexec/getty Pc"         vt220   off secure
                    865:     ttyE2   "/usr/libexec/getty Pc"         vt220   off secure
                    866:     ttyE3   "/usr/libexec/getty Pc"         vt220   off secure
1.1       mspo      867: 
1.5       mspo      868: Finally, all screens must be commented out from `/etc/wscons.conf`.
1.1       mspo      869: 
                    870: It is also desirable to add
                    871: 
1.49      gdt       872:         powerd=YES
1.1       mspo      873: 
1.5       mspo      874: in rc.conf. This way, the domain will be properly shut down if
1.53      gdt       875: `xm shutdown -R` or `xm shutdown -H` is used on the dom0.
1.1       mspo      876: 
1.92      gdt       877: It is not strictly necessary to have a kernel (as /netbsd) in the domU
1.111     wiz       878: file system.  However, various programs (e.g. netstat) will use that
1.92      gdt       879: kernel to look up symbols to read from kernel virtual memory.  If
                    880: /netbsd is not the running kernel, those lookups will fail.  (This is
                    881: not really a Xen-specific issue, but because the domU kernel is
                    882: obtained from the dom0, it is far more likely to be out of sync or
                    883: missing with Xen.)
                    884: 
1.14      gdt       885: Creating an unprivileged Linux domain (domU)
1.5       mspo      886: --------------------------------------------
1.1       mspo      887: 
                    888: Creating unprivileged Linux domains isn't much different from
                    889: unprivileged NetBSD domains, but there are some details to know.
                    890: 
                    891: First, the second parameter passed to the disk declaration (the '0x1' in
                    892: the example below)
                    893: 
1.3       mspo      894:     disk = [ 'phy:/dev/wd0e,0x1,w' ]
1.1       mspo      895: 
                    896: does matter to Linux. It wants a Linux device number here (e.g. 0x300
1.49      gdt       897: for hda).  Linux builds device numbers as: (major \<\< 8 + minor).
                    898: So, hda1 which has major 3 and minor 1 on a Linux system will have
                    899: device number 0x301.  Alternatively, devices names can be used (hda,
                    900: hdb, ...)  as xentools has a table to map these names to devices
                    901: numbers.  To export a partition to a Linux guest we can use:
1.1       mspo      902: 
1.49      gdt       903:         disk = [ 'phy:/dev/wd0e,0x300,w' ]
                    904:         root = "/dev/hda1 ro"
1.1       mspo      905: 
                    906: and it will appear as /dev/hda on the Linux system, and be used as root
                    907: partition.
                    908: 
1.49      gdt       909: To install the Linux system on the partition to be exported to the
                    910: guest domain, the following method can be used: install
                    911: sysutils/e2fsprogs from pkgsrc.  Use mke2fs to format the partition
                    912: that will be the root partition of your Linux domain, and mount it.
                    913: Then copy the files from a working Linux system, make adjustments in
                    914: `/etc` (fstab, network config).  It should also be possible to extract
                    915: binary packages such as .rpm or .deb directly to the mounted partition
                    916: using the appropriate tool, possibly running under NetBSD's Linux
1.111     wiz       917: emulation.  Once the file system has been populated, umount it.  If
                    918: desirable, the file system can be converted to ext3 using tune2fs -j.
1.49      gdt       919: It should now be possible to boot the Linux guest domain, using one of
                    920: the vmlinuz-\*-xenU kernels available in the Xen binary distribution.
1.1       mspo      921: 
1.111     wiz       922: To get the Linux console right, you need to add:
1.1       mspo      923: 
1.3       mspo      924:     extra = "xencons=tty1"
1.1       mspo      925: 
1.111     wiz       926: to your configuration since not all Linux distributions auto-attach a
1.1       mspo      927: tty to the xen console.
                    928: 
1.14      gdt       929: Creating an unprivileged Solaris domain (domU)
1.5       mspo      930: ----------------------------------------------
1.1       mspo      931: 
1.50      gdt       932: See possibly outdated
                    933: [Solaris domU instructions](/ports/xen/howto-solaris/).
1.5       mspo      934: 
1.1       mspo      935: 
1.52      gdt       936: PCI passthrough: Using PCI devices in guest domains
                    937: ---------------------------------------------------
1.1       mspo      938: 
1.53      gdt       939: The dom0 can give other domains access to selected PCI
1.52      gdt       940: devices. This can allow, for example, a non-privileged domain to have
                    941: access to a physical network interface or disk controller.  However,
                    942: keep in mind that giving a domain access to a PCI device most likely
                    943: will give the domain read/write access to the whole physical memory,
                    944: as PCs don't have an IOMMU to restrict memory access to DMA-capable
1.53      gdt       945: device.  Also, it's not possible to export ISA devices to non-dom0
1.52      gdt       946: domains, which means that the primary VGA adapter can't be exported.
                    947: A guest domain trying to access the VGA registers will panic.
                    948: 
1.53      gdt       949: If the dom0 is NetBSD, it has to be running Xen 3.1, as support has
1.52      gdt       950: not been ported to later versions at this time.
                    951: 
                    952: For a PCI device to be exported to a domU, is has to be attached to
                    953: the "pciback" driver in dom0.  Devices passed to the dom0 via the
                    954: pciback.hide boot parameter will attach to "pciback" instead of the
                    955: usual driver.  The list of devices is specified as "(bus:dev.func)",
1.5       mspo      956: where bus and dev are 2-digit hexadecimal numbers, and func a
                    957: single-digit number:
1.1       mspo      958: 
1.52      gdt       959:         pciback.hide=(00:0a.0)(00:06.0)
1.1       mspo      960: 
1.52      gdt       961: pciback devices should show up in the dom0's boot messages, and the
1.5       mspo      962: devices should be listed in the `/kern/xen/pci` directory.
1.1       mspo      963: 
1.52      gdt       964: PCI devices to be exported to a domU are listed in the "pci" array of
                    965: the domU's config file, with the format "0000:bus:dev.func".
1.1       mspo      966: 
1.52      gdt       967:         pci = [ '0000:00:06.0', '0000:00:0a.0' ]
1.1       mspo      968: 
1.52      gdt       969: In the domU an "xpci" device will show up, to which one or more pci
1.111     wiz       970: buses will attach.  Then the PCI drivers will attach to PCI buses as
1.52      gdt       971: usual.  Note that the default NetBSD DOMU kernels do not have "xpci"
                    972: or any PCI drivers built in by default; you have to build your own
                    973: kernel to use PCI devices in a domU.  Here's a kernel config example;
                    974: note that only the "xpci" lines are unusual.
                    975: 
                    976:         include         "arch/i386/conf/XEN3_DOMU"
                    977: 
1.111     wiz       978:         # Add support for PCI buses to the XEN3_DOMU kernel
1.52      gdt       979:         xpci* at xenbus ?
                    980:         pci* at xpci ?
                    981: 
                    982:         # PCI USB controllers
                    983:         uhci*   at pci? dev ? function ?        # Universal Host Controller (Intel)
                    984: 
                    985:         # USB bus support
                    986:         usb*    at uhci?
                    987: 
                    988:         # USB Hubs
                    989:         uhub*   at usb?
                    990:         uhub*   at uhub? port ? configuration ? interface ?
                    991: 
                    992:         # USB Mass Storage
                    993:         umass*  at uhub? port ? configuration ? interface ?
                    994:         wd*     at umass?
                    995:         # SCSI controllers
                    996:         ahc*    at pci? dev ? function ?        # Adaptec [23]94x, aic78x0 SCSI
                    997: 
                    998:         # SCSI bus support (for both ahc and umass)
                    999:         scsibus* at scsi?
                   1000: 
                   1001:         # SCSI devices
                   1002:         sd*     at scsibus? target ? lun ?      # SCSI disk drives
                   1003:         cd*     at scsibus? target ? lun ?      # SCSI CD-ROM drives
1.1       mspo     1004: 
                   1005: 
1.28      gdt      1006: NetBSD as a domU in a VPS
                   1007: =========================
                   1008: 
                   1009: The bulk of the HOWTO is about using NetBSD as a dom0 on your own
                   1010: hardware.  This section explains how to deal with Xen in a domU as a
                   1011: virtual private server where you do not control or have access to the
1.70      gdt      1012: dom0.  This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of VPS providers;
                   1013: only a few are mentioned that specifically support NetBSD.
1.28      gdt      1014: 
1.52      gdt      1015: VPS operators provide varying degrees of access and mechanisms for
                   1016: configuration.  The big issue is usually how one controls which kernel
1.111     wiz      1017: is booted, because the kernel is nominally in the dom0 file system (to
                   1018: which VPS users do not normally have access).  A second issue is how
1.70      gdt      1019: to install NetBSD.
1.52      gdt      1020: A VPS user may want to compile a kernel for security updates, to run
                   1021: npf, run IPsec, or any other reason why someone would want to change
                   1022: their kernel.
                   1023: 
1.111     wiz      1024: One approach is to have an administrative interface to upload a kernel,
1.68      gdt      1025: or to select from a prepopulated list.  Other approaches are pygrub
1.59      gdt      1026: (deprecated) and pvgrub, which are ways to have a bootloader obtain a
1.111     wiz      1027: kernel from the domU file system.  This is closer to a regular physical
1.59      gdt      1028: computer, where someone who controls a machine can replace the kernel.
1.52      gdt      1029: 
1.74      gdt      1030: A second issue is multiple CPUs.  With NetBSD 6, domUs support
                   1031: multiple vcpus, and it is typical for VPS providers to enable multiple
                   1032: CPUs for NetBSD domUs.
                   1033: 
1.68      gdt      1034: pygrub
1.59      gdt      1035: -------
1.52      gdt      1036: 
1.111     wiz      1037: pygrub runs in the dom0 and looks into the domU file system.  This
                   1038: implies that the domU must have a kernel in a file system in a format
1.68      gdt      1039: known to pygrub.  As of 2014, pygrub seems to be of mostly historical
                   1040: interest.
1.52      gdt      1041: 
1.59      gdt      1042: pvgrub
                   1043: ------
                   1044: 
                   1045: pvgrub is a version of grub that uses PV operations instead of BIOS
                   1046: calls.  It is booted from the dom0 as the domU kernel, and then reads
1.111     wiz      1047: /grub/menu.lst and loads a kernel from the domU file system.
1.59      gdt      1048: 
1.70      gdt      1049: [Panix](http://www.panix.com/) lets users use pvgrub.  Panix reports
1.71      gdt      1050: that pvgrub works with FFsv2 with 16K/2K and 32K/4K block/frag sizes
                   1051: (and hence with defaults from "newfs -O 2").  See [Panix's pvgrub
1.70      gdt      1052: page](http://www.panix.com/v-colo/grub.html), which describes only
1.74      gdt      1053: Linux but should be updated to cover NetBSD :-).
1.70      gdt      1054: 
                   1055: [prgmr.com](http://prgmr.com/) also lets users with pvgrub to boot
                   1056: their own kernel.  See then [prgmr.com NetBSD
1.74      gdt      1057: HOWTO](http://wiki.prgmr.com/mediawiki/index.php/NetBSD_as_a_DomU)
                   1058: (which is in need of updating).
1.59      gdt      1059: 
1.70      gdt      1060: It appears that [grub's FFS
                   1061: code](http://xenbits.xensource.com/hg/xen-unstable.hg/file/bca284f67702/tools/libfsimage/ufs/fsys_ufs.c)
                   1062: does not support all aspects of modern FFS, but there are also reports
1.72      gdt      1063: that FFSv2 works fine.  At prgmr, typically one has an ext2 or FAT
1.70      gdt      1064: partition for the kernel with the intent that grub can understand it,
                   1065: which leads to /netbsd not being the actual kernel.  One must remember
1.111     wiz      1066: to update the special boot partition.
1.59      gdt      1067: 
                   1068: Amazon
                   1069: ------
                   1070: 
1.95      gdt      1071: See the [Amazon EC2 page](../amazon_ec2/).
1.44      gdt      1072: 
                   1073: Using npf
                   1074: ---------
                   1075: 
1.81      gdt      1076: In standard kernels, npf is a module, and thus cannot be loaded in a
1.44      gdt      1077: DOMU kernel.
                   1078: 
1.95      gdt      1079: TODO: Explain how to compile npf into a custom kernel, answering (but
                   1080: note that the problem was caused by not booting the right kernel)
                   1081: [this email to
                   1082: netbsd-users](http://mail-index.netbsd.org/netbsd-users/2014/12/26/msg015576.html).
1.65      gdt      1083: 
                   1084: TODO items for improving NetBSD/xen
                   1085: ===================================
                   1086: 
1.93      gdt      1087: * Make the NetBSD dom0 kernel work with SMP.
                   1088: * Test the Xen 4.5 packages adequately to be able to recommend them as
                   1089:   the standard approach.
                   1090: * Get PCI passthrough working on Xen 4.5
1.65      gdt      1091: * Get pvgrub into pkgsrc, either via xentools or separately.
                   1092: * grub
1.70      gdt      1093:   * Check/add support to pkgsrc grub2 for UFS2 and arbitrary
1.66      gdt      1094:     fragsize/blocksize (UFS2 support may be present; the point is to
1.111     wiz      1095:     make it so that with any UFS1/UFS2 file system setup that works
1.66      gdt      1096:     with NetBSD grub will also work).
1.70      gdt      1097:     See [pkg/40258](http://gnats.netbsd.org/40258).
1.65      gdt      1098:   * Push patches upstream.
                   1099:   * Get UFS2 patches into pvgrub.
                   1100: * Add support for PV ops to a version of /boot, and make it usable as
                   1101:   a kernel in Xen, similar to pvgrub.
1.93      gdt      1102: * Solve somehow the issue with modules for GENERIC not being loadable
                   1103:   in a Xen dom0 or domU kernel.
                   1104: 
                   1105: Random pointers
                   1106: ===============
                   1107: 
1.117     gdt      1108: This section contains links from elsewhere not yet integrated into the
                   1109: HOWTO, and other guides.
1.93      gdt      1110: 
                   1111: * http://www.lumbercartel.ca/library/xen/
                   1112: * http://pbraun.nethence.com/doc/sysutils/xen_netbsd_dom0.html
1.117     gdt      1113: * https://gmplib.org/~tege/xen.html

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