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1.144     maxv        1: [[!meta title="Xen HowTo"]]
                      2: 
1.157     maxv        3: Xen is a Type 1 hypervisor which supports running multiple guest operating
                      4: systems on a single physical machine. One uses the Xen kernel to control the
                      5: CPU, memory and console, a dom0 operating system which mediates access to
                      6: other hardware (e.g., disks, network, USB), and one or more domU operating
                      7: systems which operate in an unprivileged virtualized environment. IO requests
                      8: from the domU systems are forwarded by the Xen hypervisor to the dom0 to be
                      9: fulfilled.
1.12      gdt        10: 
1.149     maxv       11: Xen supports different styles of guest:
                     12: 
                     13: [[!table data="""
                     14: Style of guest |Supported by NetBSD
1.150     maxv       15: PV             |Yes (dom0, domU)
                     16: HVM            |Yes (domU)
1.170   ! gdt        17: PVHVM          |current-only (dom0, domU)
        !            18: PVH            |current-only (dom0, domU)
1.149     maxv       19: """]]
                     20: 
                     21: In Para-Virtualized (PV) mode, the guest OS does not attempt to access
                     22: hardware directly, but instead makes hypercalls to the hypervisor; PV
1.170   ! gdt        23: guests must be specifically coded for Xen.
        !            24: 
        !            25: In HVM mode, no guest modification is required; however, hardware
        !            26: support is required, such as VT-x on Intel CPUs and SVM on AMD CPUs.
        !            27: 
        !            28: In PVHVM mode, the guest mostly runs as HVM, but can use PV drivers for efficiency.  See https://wiki.xen.org/wiki/PV_on_HVM
        !            29: 
        !            30: In PVH mode, the guest uses PV interfaces for IO and native interfaces for everything else.   This is also called PVHv2; see https://wiki.xenproject.org/wiki/PVH_(v2)_Domu
1.149     maxv       31: 
1.27      jnemeth    32: At boot, the dom0 kernel is loaded as a module with Xen as the kernel.
1.12      gdt        33: The dom0 can start one or more domUs.  (Booting is explained in detail
                     34: in the dom0 section.)
                     35: 
                     36: This HOWTO presumes a basic familiarity with the Xen system
1.123     gdt        37: architecture, with installing NetBSD on i386/amd64 hardware, and with
                     38: installing software from pkgsrc.  See also the [Xen
                     39: website](http://www.xenproject.org/).
1.1       mspo       40: 
1.160     maxv       41: [[!toc]]
1.150     maxv       42: 
1.160     maxv       43: #Versions and Support
1.15      gdt        44: 
1.111     wiz        45: In NetBSD, Xen is provided in pkgsrc, via matching pairs of packages
1.15      gdt        46: xenkernel and xentools.  We will refer only to the kernel versions,
                     47: but note that both packages must be installed together and must have
                     48: matching versions.
                     49: 
1.145     maxv       50: Versions available in pkgsrc:
1.85      gdt        51: 
1.145     maxv       52: [[!table data="""
1.166     gdt        53: Xen Version    |Package Name   |Xen CPU Support        |xm?    |EOL'ed By Upstream
1.167     gdt        54: 4.2            |xenkernel42    |i386 x86_64            |yes    |Yes
                     55: 4.5            |xenkernel45    |x86_64                 |       |Yes
                     56: 4.6            |xenkernel46    |x86_64                 |       |Yes
                     57: 4.8            |xenkernel48    |x86_64                 |       |Yes
                     58: 4.11           |xenkernel411   |x86_64                 |       |No
1.145     maxv       59: """]]
1.113     gdt        60: 
1.96      gdt        61: See also the [Xen Security Advisory page](http://xenbits.xen.org/xsa/).
                     62: 
1.157     maxv       63: Multiprocessor (SMP) support in NetBSD differs depending on the domain:
1.145     maxv       64: 
1.157     maxv       65: [[!table data="""
                     66: Domain         |Supports SMP
                     67: dom0           |No
                     68: domU           |Yes
                     69: """]]
1.15      gdt        70: 
1.167     gdt        71: Note: NetBSD support is called XEN3.  However, it does support Xen 4,
1.147     maxv       72: because the hypercall interface has remained identical.
                     73: 
1.166     gdt        74: Older Xen had a python-based management tool called xm, now replaced
                     75: by xl.  xm is obsolete, but 4.2 remains in pkgsrc because migrating
                     76: from xm to xl is not always trivial, and because 4.2 is the last
                     77: version to run on an i386 dom0.
                     78: 
1.18      gdt        79: Architecture
                     80: ------------
                     81: 
1.167     gdt        82: Xen 4.5 and later runs on x86_64 hardware (the NetBSD amd64 port).
                     83: Xen 4.2 can in theory use i386 hardware, but we do not have
                     84: recent reports of success.
1.155     maxv       85: 
                     86: The dom0 system, plus each domU, can be either i386PAE or amd64.
                     87: i386 without PAE is not supported.
                     88: 
1.157     maxv       89: The standard approach is to use NetBSD/amd64 for the dom0.
                     90: 
1.167     gdt        91: To use an i386PAE dom0 (other than on 4.2), one must build or obtain a
                     92: 64bit Xen kernel and install it on the system.
1.157     maxv       93: 
                     94: For domUs, i386PAE is considered as
                     95: [faster](https://lists.xen.org/archives/html/xen-devel/2012-07/msg00085.html)
                     96: than amd64.
1.29      gdt        97: 
1.166     gdt        98: # Creating a dom0
1.15      gdt        99: 
1.158     maxv      100: In order to install a NetBSD as a dom0, one must first install a normal
                    101: NetBSD system, and then pivot the install to a dom0 install by changing
                    102: the kernel and boot configuration.
1.15      gdt       103: 
1.142     gdt       104: In 2018-05, trouble booting a dom0 was reported with 256M of RAM: with
                    105: 512M it worked reliably.  This does not make sense, but if you see
                    106: "not ELF" after Xen boots, try increasing dom0 RAM.
                    107: 
1.19      gdt       108: Installation of NetBSD
                    109: ----------------------
1.13      gdt       110: 
1.157     maxv      111: [Install NetBSD/amd64](/guide/inst/)
1.19      gdt       112: just as you would if you were not using Xen.
1.1       mspo      113: 
1.19      gdt       114: Installation of Xen
                    115: -------------------
1.1       mspo      116: 
1.155     maxv      117: We will consider that you chose to use Xen 4.8, with NetBSD/amd64 as
                    118: dom0. In the dom0, install xenkernel48 and xentools48 from pkgsrc.
                    119: 
                    120: Once this is done, install the Xen kernel itself:
                    121: 
                    122: [[!template id=programlisting text="""
                    123: # cp /usr/pkg/xen48-kernel/xen.gz /
                    124: """]]
                    125: 
1.159     maxv      126: Then, place a NetBSD XEN3_DOM0 kernel in the `/` directory. Such kernel
                    127: can either be compiled manually, or downloaded from the NetBSD FTP, for
                    128: example at:
                    129: 
                    130: [[!template id=programlisting text="""
                    131: ftp.netbsd.org/pub/NetBSD/NetBSD-8.0/amd64/binary/kernel/netbsd-XEN3_DOM0.gz
                    132: """]]
1.20      gdt       133: 
1.155     maxv      134: Add a line to /boot.cfg to boot Xen:
1.20      gdt       135: 
1.157     maxv      136: [[!template id=filecontent name="/boot.cfg" text="""
1.152     maxv      137: menu=Xen:load /netbsd-XEN3_DOM0.gz console=pc;multiboot /xen.gz dom0_mem=512M
                    138: """]]
1.20      gdt       139: 
1.159     maxv      140: This specifies that the dom0 should have 512MB of ram, leaving the rest
                    141: to be allocated for domUs.  To use a serial console, use:
1.77      gdt       142: 
1.157     maxv      143: [[!template id=filecontent name="/boot.cfg" text="""
1.152     maxv      144: menu=Xen:load /netbsd-XEN3_DOM0.gz;multiboot /xen.gz dom0_mem=512M console=com1 com1=9600,8n1
                    145: """]]
1.77      gdt       146: 
                    147: which will use the first serial port for Xen (which counts starting
1.139     gson      148: from 1, unlike NetBSD which counts starting from 0), forcing
                    149: speed/parity.  Because the NetBSD command line lacks a
                    150: "console=pc" argument, it will use the default "xencons" console device,
                    151: which directs the console I/O through Xen to the same console device Xen
                    152: itself uses (in this case, the serial port).
                    153: 
1.157     maxv      154: In an attempt to add performance, one can also add `dom0_max_vcpus=1 dom0_vcpus_pin`,
1.37      gdt       155: to force only one vcpu to be provided (since NetBSD dom0 can't use
1.158     maxv      156: more) and to pin that vcpu to a physical CPU. Xen has
                    157: [many boot options](http://xenbits.xenproject.org/docs/4.8-testing/misc/xen-command-line.html),
1.111     wiz       158: and other than dom0 memory and max_vcpus, they are generally not
1.93      gdt       159: necessary.
                    160: 
1.159     maxv      161: Copy the boot scripts into `/etc/rc.d`:
                    162: 
                    163: [[!template id=programlisting text="""
                    164: # cp /usr/pkg/share/examples/rc.d/xen* /etc/rc.d/
                    165: """]]
                    166: 
1.158     maxv      167: Enable `xencommons`:
1.31      gdt       168: 
1.157     maxv      169: [[!template id=filecontent name="/etc/rc.conf" text="""
1.152     maxv      170: xencommons=YES
                    171: """]]
1.31      gdt       172: 
1.158     maxv      173: Now, reboot so that you are running a DOM0 kernel under Xen, rather
                    174: than GENERIC without Xen.
1.157     maxv      175: 
1.31      gdt       176: TODO: Recommend for/against xen-watchdog.
1.27      jnemeth   177: 
1.158     maxv      178: Once the reboot is done, use `xl` to inspect Xen's boot messages,
1.157     maxv      179: available resources, and running domains.  For example:
1.34      gdt       180: 
1.153     maxv      181: [[!template id=programlisting text="""
                    182: # xl dmesg
                    183: ... xen's boot info ...
                    184: # xl info
                    185: ... available memory, etc ...
                    186: # xl list
                    187: Name              Id  Mem(MB)  CPU  State  Time(s)  Console
                    188: Domain-0           0       64    0  r----     58.1
                    189: """]]
                    190: 
                    191: Xen logs will be in /var/log/xen.
1.33      gdt       192: 
1.88      gdt       193: ### Issues with xencommons
                    194: 
1.157     maxv      195: `xencommons` starts `xenstored`, which stores data on behalf of dom0 and
1.88      gdt       196: domUs.  It does not currently work to stop and start xenstored.
                    197: Certainly all domUs should be shutdown first, following the sort order
                    198: of the rc.d scripts.  However, the dom0 sets up state with xenstored,
                    199: and is not notified when xenstored exits, leading to not recreating
                    200: the state when the new xenstored starts.  Until there's a mechanism to
                    201: make this work, one should not expect to be able to restart xenstored
                    202: (and thus xencommons).  There is currently no reason to expect that
                    203: this will get fixed any time soon.
                    204: 
1.41      gdt       205: anita (for testing NetBSD)
                    206: --------------------------
                    207: 
1.157     maxv      208: With the setup so far (assuming 4.8/xl), one should be able to run
1.82      gdt       209: anita (see pkgsrc/misc/py-anita) to test NetBSD releases, by doing (as
                    210: root, because anita must create a domU):
                    211: 
1.153     maxv      212: [[!template id=programlisting text="""
                    213: anita --vmm=xl test file:///usr/obj/i386/
                    214: """]]
1.82      gdt       215: 
1.40      gdt       216: Xen-specific NetBSD issues
                    217: --------------------------
                    218: 
                    219: There are (at least) two additional things different about NetBSD as a
                    220: dom0 kernel compared to hardware.
                    221: 
1.111     wiz       222: One is that the module ABI is different because some of the #defines
1.109     gdt       223: change, so one must build modules for Xen.  As of netbsd-7, the build
1.157     maxv      224: system does this automatically.
1.40      gdt       225: 
                    226: The other difference is that XEN3_DOM0 does not have exactly the same
                    227: options as GENERIC.  While it is debatable whether or not this is a
                    228: bug, users should be aware of this and can simply add missing config
                    229: items if desired.
                    230: 
1.15      gdt       231: Updating NetBSD in a dom0
                    232: -------------------------
                    233: 
                    234: This is just like updating NetBSD on bare hardware, assuming the new
                    235: version supports the version of Xen you are running.  Generally, one
                    236: replaces the kernel and reboots, and then overlays userland binaries
1.157     maxv      237: and adjusts `/etc`.
1.15      gdt       238: 
                    239: Note that one must update both the non-Xen kernel typically used for
                    240: rescue purposes and the DOM0 kernel used with Xen.
                    241: 
1.55      gdt       242: Converting from grub to /boot
                    243: -----------------------------
                    244: 
1.157     maxv      245: These instructions were used to convert a system from
1.55      gdt       246: grub to /boot.  The system was originally installed in February of
                    247: 2006 with a RAID1 setup and grub to boot Xen 2, and has been updated
                    248: over time.  Before these commands, it was running NetBSD 6 i386, Xen
                    249: 4.1 and grub, much like the message linked earlier in the grub
                    250: section.
                    251: 
1.157     maxv      252: [[!template id=programlisting text="""
                    253: # Install MBR bootblocks on both disks.
                    254: fdisk -i /dev/rwd0d
                    255: fdisk -i /dev/rwd1d
                    256: # Install NetBSD primary boot loader (/ is FFSv1) into RAID1 components.
                    257: installboot -v /dev/rwd0d /usr/mdec/bootxx_ffsv1
                    258: installboot -v /dev/rwd1d /usr/mdec/bootxx_ffsv1
                    259: # Install secondary boot loader
                    260: cp -p /usr/mdec/boot /
                    261: # Create boot.cfg following earlier guidance:
                    262: menu=Xen:load /netbsd-XEN3PAE_DOM0.gz console=pc;multiboot /xen.gz dom0_mem=512M
                    263: menu=Xen.ok:load /netbsd-XEN3PAE_DOM0.ok.gz console=pc;multiboot /xen.ok.gz dom0_mem=512M
                    264: menu=GENERIC:boot
                    265: menu=GENERIC single-user:boot -s
                    266: menu=GENERIC.ok:boot netbsd.ok
                    267: menu=GENERIC.ok single-user:boot netbsd.ok -s
                    268: menu=Drop to boot prompt:prompt
                    269: default=1
                    270: timeout=30
                    271: """]]
1.22      gdt       272: 
1.102     gdt       273: Upgrading Xen versions
1.15      gdt       274: ---------------------
                    275: 
1.110     gdt       276: Minor version upgrades are trivial.  Just rebuild/replace the
1.157     maxv      277: xenkernel version and copy the new xen.gz to `/` (where `/boot.cfg`
1.110     gdt       278: references it), and reboot.
                    279: 
1.160     maxv      280: #Unprivileged domains (domU)
1.28      gdt       281: 
                    282: This section describes general concepts about domUs.  It does not
1.33      gdt       283: address specific domU operating systems or how to install them.  The
1.157     maxv      284: config files for domUs are typically in `/usr/pkg/etc/xen`, and are
1.60      wiki      285: typically named so that the file name, domU name and the domU's host
1.33      gdt       286: name match.
                    287: 
1.111     wiz       288: The domU is provided with CPU and memory by Xen, configured by the
1.33      gdt       289: dom0.  The domU is provided with disk and network by the dom0,
                    290: mediated by Xen, and configured in the dom0.
                    291: 
                    292: Entropy in domUs can be an issue; physical disks and network are on
                    293: the dom0.  NetBSD's /dev/random system works, but is often challenged.
                    294: 
1.48      gdt       295: Config files
                    296: ------------
                    297: 
1.165     gson      298: See /usr/pkg/share/examples/xen/xlexample*
1.164     gson      299: for a small number of well-commented examples, mostly for running
1.48      gdt       300: GNU/Linux.
                    301: 
1.157     maxv      302: The following is an example minimal domain configuration file. The domU
                    303: serves as a network file server.
                    304: 
                    305: [[!template id=filecontent name="/usr/pkg/etc/xen/foo" text="""
                    306: name = "domU-id"
                    307: kernel = "/netbsd-XEN3PAE_DOMU-i386-foo.gz"
                    308: memory = 1024
                    309: vif = [ 'mac=aa:00:00:d1:00:09,bridge=bridge0' ]
                    310: disk = [ 'file:/n0/xen/foo-wd0,0x0,w',
                    311:          'file:/n0/xen/foo-wd1,0x1,w' ]
                    312: """]]
1.48      gdt       313: 
1.157     maxv      314: The domain will have name given in the `name` setting.  The kernel has the
1.48      gdt       315: host/domU name in it, so that on the dom0 one can update the various
1.157     maxv      316: domUs independently.  The `vif` line causes an interface to be provided,
1.48      gdt       317: with a specific mac address (do not reuse MAC addresses!), in bridge
                    318: mode.  Two disks are provided, and they are both writable; the bits
                    319: are stored in files and Xen attaches them to a vnd(4) device in the
1.111     wiz       320: dom0 on domain creation.  The system treats xbd0 as the boot device
1.48      gdt       321: without needing explicit configuration.
                    322: 
1.163     gson      323: By convention, domain config files are kept in `/usr/pkg/etc/xen`.  Note
1.157     maxv      324: that "xl create" takes the name of a config file, while other commands
                    325: take the name of a domain.
                    326: 
                    327: Examples of commands:
1.48      gdt       328: 
1.157     maxv      329: [[!template id=programlisting text="""
1.163     gson      330: xl create /usr/pkg/etc/xen/foo
                    331: xl console domU-id
                    332: xl create -c /usr/pkg/etc/xen/foo
                    333: xl shutdown domU-id
1.157     maxv      334: xl list
                    335: """]]
                    336: 
                    337: Typing `^]` will exit the console session.  Shutting down a domain is
1.48      gdt       338: equivalent to pushing the power button; a NetBSD domU will receive a
                    339: power-press event and do a clean shutdown.  Shutting down the dom0
                    340: will trigger controlled shutdowns of all configured domUs.
                    341: 
1.33      gdt       342: CPU and memory
                    343: --------------
                    344: 
1.169     plunky    345: A domain is provided with some number of vcpus, up to the number
1.157     maxv      346: of CPUs seen by the hypervisor. For a domU, it is controlled
1.48      gdt       347: from the config file by the "vcpus = N" directive.
                    348: 
                    349: A domain is provided with memory; this is controlled in the config
                    350: file by "memory = N" (in megabytes).  In the straightforward case, the
                    351: sum of the the memory allocated to the dom0 and all domUs must be less
1.33      gdt       352: than the available memory.
                    353: 
                    354: Xen also provides a "balloon" driver, which can be used to let domains
1.157     maxv      355: use more memory temporarily.
1.28      gdt       356: 
                    357: Virtual disks
                    358: -------------
                    359: 
1.158     maxv      360: In domU config files, the disks are defined as a sequence of 3-tuples:
                    361: 
                    362:  * The first element is "method:/path/to/disk". Common methods are
1.162     gutterid  363:    "file:" for a file-backed vnd, and "phy:" for something that is already
                    364:    a device, such as an LVM logical volume.
1.158     maxv      365: 
                    366:  * The second element is an artifact of how virtual disks are passed to
                    367:    Linux, and a source of confusion with NetBSD Xen usage.  Linux domUs
                    368:    are given a device name to associate with the disk, and values like
                    369:    "hda1" or "sda1" are common.  In a NetBSD domU, the first disk appears
                    370:    as xbd0, the second as xbd1, and so on.  However, xl demands a
                    371:    second argument.  The name given is converted to a major/minor by
                    372:    calling stat(2) on the name in /dev and this is passed to the domU.
                    373:    In the general case, the dom0 and domU can be different operating
                    374:    systems, and it is an unwarranted assumption that they have consistent
                    375:    numbering in /dev, or even that the dom0 OS has a /dev.  With NetBSD
                    376:    as both dom0 and domU, using values of 0x0 for the first disk and 0x1
                    377:    for the second works fine and avoids this issue.  For a GNU/Linux
                    378:    guest, one can create /dev/hda1 in /dev, or to pass 0x301 for
                    379:    /dev/hda1.
1.48      gdt       380: 
1.158     maxv      381:  * The third element is "w" for writable disks, and "r" for read-only
                    382:    disks.
                    383: 
                    384: Example:
                    385: [[!template id=filecontent name="/usr/pkg/etc/xen/foo" text="""
                    386: disk = [ 'file:/n0/xen/foo-wd0,0x0,w' ]
                    387: """]]
1.28      gdt       388: 
1.127     gdt       389: Note that NetBSD by default creates only vnd[0123].  If you need more
                    390: than 4 total virtual disks at a time, run e.g. "./MAKEDEV vnd4" in the
                    391: dom0.
                    392: 
                    393: Note that NetBSD by default creates only xbd[0123].  If you need more
                    394: virtual disks in a domU, run e.g. "./MAKEDEV xbd4" in the domU.
                    395: 
1.28      gdt       396: Virtual Networking
                    397: ------------------
                    398: 
1.111     wiz       399: Xen provides virtual Ethernets, each of which connects the dom0 and a
1.46      gdt       400: domU.  For each virtual network, there is an interface "xvifN.M" in
1.158     maxv      401: the dom0, and a matching interface xennetM (NetBSD name) in domU index N.
                    402: The interfaces behave as if there is an Ethernet with two
1.111     wiz       403: adapters connected.  From this primitive, one can construct various
1.46      gdt       404: configurations.  We focus on two common and useful cases for which
                    405: there are existing scripts: bridging and NAT.
1.28      gdt       406: 
1.48      gdt       407: With bridging (in the example above), the domU perceives itself to be
                    408: on the same network as the dom0.  For server virtualization, this is
                    409: usually best.  Bridging is accomplished by creating a bridge(4) device
                    410: and adding the dom0's physical interface and the various xvifN.0
                    411: interfaces to the bridge.  One specifies "bridge=bridge0" in the domU
                    412: config file.  The bridge must be set up already in the dom0; an
                    413: example /etc/ifconfig.bridge0 is:
1.46      gdt       414: 
1.157     maxv      415: [[!template id=filecontent name="/etc/ifconfig.bridge0" text="""
                    416: create
                    417: up
                    418: !brconfig bridge0 add wm0
                    419: """]]
1.28      gdt       420: 
                    421: With NAT, the domU perceives itself to be behind a NAT running on the
                    422: dom0.  This is often appropriate when running Xen on a workstation.
1.48      gdt       423: TODO: NAT appears to be configured by "vif = [ '' ]".
1.28      gdt       424: 
1.49      gdt       425: The MAC address specified is the one used for the interface in the new
1.53      gdt       426: domain.  The interface in dom0 will use this address XOR'd with
1.49      gdt       427: 00:00:00:01:00:00.  Random MAC addresses are assigned if not given.
                    428: 
1.48      gdt       429: Starting domains automatically
                    430: ------------------------------
1.28      gdt       431: 
1.158     maxv      432: To start domains `domU-netbsd` and `domU-linux` at boot and shut them
                    433: down cleanly on dom0 shutdown, add the following in rc.conf:
1.28      gdt       434: 
1.158     maxv      435: [[!template id=filecontent name="/etc/rc.conf" text="""
                    436: xendomains="domU-netbsd domU-linux"
                    437: """]]
1.28      gdt       438: 
1.160     maxv      439: #Creating a domU
1.14      gdt       440: 
                    441: Creating domUs is almost entirely independent of operating system.  We
1.49      gdt       442: have already presented the basics of config files.  Note that you must
1.158     maxv      443: have already completed the dom0 setup so that "xl list" works.
1.14      gdt       444: 
1.158     maxv      445: Creating a NetBSD domU
                    446: ----------------------
1.1       mspo      447: 
1.49      gdt       448: See the earlier config file, and adjust memory.  Decide on how much
1.162     gutterid  449: storage you will provide, and prepare it (file or LVM).
1.49      gdt       450: 
1.111     wiz       451: While the kernel will be obtained from the dom0 file system, the same
1.49      gdt       452: file should be present in the domU as /netbsd so that tools like
                    453: savecore(8) can work.   (This is helpful but not necessary.)
                    454: 
                    455: The kernel must be specifically for Xen and for use as a domU.  The
                    456: i386 and amd64 provide the following kernels:
                    457: 
                    458:         i386 XEN3PAE_DOMU
1.95      gdt       459:         amd64 XEN3_DOMU
1.5       mspo      460: 
1.49      gdt       461: This will boot NetBSD, but this is not that useful if the disk is
                    462: empty.  One approach is to unpack sets onto the disk outside of xen
                    463: (by mounting it, just as you would prepare a physical disk for a
                    464: system you can't run the installer on).
                    465: 
                    466: A second approach is to run an INSTALL kernel, which has a miniroot
                    467: and can load sets from the network.  To do this, copy the INSTALL
                    468: kernel to / and change the kernel line in the config file to:
1.5       mspo      469: 
1.49      gdt       470:         kernel = "/home/bouyer/netbsd-INSTALL_XEN3_DOMU"
1.5       mspo      471: 
1.163     gson      472: Then, start the domain as "xl create -c configfile".
1.1       mspo      473: 
1.49      gdt       474: Alternatively, if you want to install NetBSD/Xen with a CDROM image, the following
                    475: line should be used in the config file.
1.1       mspo      476: 
1.3       mspo      477:     disk = [ 'phy:/dev/wd0e,0x1,w', 'phy:/dev/cd0a,0x2,r' ]
1.1       mspo      478: 
                    479: After booting the domain, the option to install via CDROM may be
1.49      gdt       480: selected.  The CDROM device should be changed to `xbd1d`.
1.1       mspo      481: 
1.49      gdt       482: Once done installing, "halt -p" the new domain (don't reboot or halt,
                    483: it would reload the INSTALL_XEN3_DOMU kernel even if you changed the
                    484: config file), switch the config file back to the XEN3_DOMU kernel,
                    485: and start the new domain again. Now it should be able to use "root on
                    486: xbd0a" and you should have a, functional NetBSD domU.
1.1       mspo      487: 
1.49      gdt       488: TODO: check if this is still accurate.
1.1       mspo      489: When the new domain is booting you'll see some warnings about *wscons*
                    490: and the pseudo-terminals. These can be fixed by editing the files
1.5       mspo      491: `/etc/ttys` and `/etc/wscons.conf`. You must disable all terminals in
                    492: `/etc/ttys`, except *console*, like this:
1.1       mspo      493: 
1.3       mspo      494:     console "/usr/libexec/getty Pc"         vt100   on secure
                    495:     ttyE0   "/usr/libexec/getty Pc"         vt220   off secure
                    496:     ttyE1   "/usr/libexec/getty Pc"         vt220   off secure
                    497:     ttyE2   "/usr/libexec/getty Pc"         vt220   off secure
                    498:     ttyE3   "/usr/libexec/getty Pc"         vt220   off secure
1.1       mspo      499: 
1.5       mspo      500: Finally, all screens must be commented out from `/etc/wscons.conf`.
1.1       mspo      501: 
                    502: It is also desirable to add
                    503: 
1.49      gdt       504:         powerd=YES
1.1       mspo      505: 
1.5       mspo      506: in rc.conf. This way, the domain will be properly shut down if
1.53      gdt       507: `xm shutdown -R` or `xm shutdown -H` is used on the dom0.
1.1       mspo      508: 
1.92      gdt       509: It is not strictly necessary to have a kernel (as /netbsd) in the domU
1.111     wiz       510: file system.  However, various programs (e.g. netstat) will use that
1.92      gdt       511: kernel to look up symbols to read from kernel virtual memory.  If
                    512: /netbsd is not the running kernel, those lookups will fail.  (This is
                    513: not really a Xen-specific issue, but because the domU kernel is
                    514: obtained from the dom0, it is far more likely to be out of sync or
                    515: missing with Xen.)
                    516: 
1.158     maxv      517: Creating a Linux domU
                    518: ---------------------
1.1       mspo      519: 
                    520: Creating unprivileged Linux domains isn't much different from
                    521: unprivileged NetBSD domains, but there are some details to know.
                    522: 
                    523: First, the second parameter passed to the disk declaration (the '0x1' in
                    524: the example below)
                    525: 
1.3       mspo      526:     disk = [ 'phy:/dev/wd0e,0x1,w' ]
1.1       mspo      527: 
                    528: does matter to Linux. It wants a Linux device number here (e.g. 0x300
1.49      gdt       529: for hda).  Linux builds device numbers as: (major \<\< 8 + minor).
                    530: So, hda1 which has major 3 and minor 1 on a Linux system will have
                    531: device number 0x301.  Alternatively, devices names can be used (hda,
                    532: hdb, ...)  as xentools has a table to map these names to devices
                    533: numbers.  To export a partition to a Linux guest we can use:
1.1       mspo      534: 
1.49      gdt       535:         disk = [ 'phy:/dev/wd0e,0x300,w' ]
                    536:         root = "/dev/hda1 ro"
1.1       mspo      537: 
                    538: and it will appear as /dev/hda on the Linux system, and be used as root
                    539: partition.
                    540: 
1.49      gdt       541: To install the Linux system on the partition to be exported to the
                    542: guest domain, the following method can be used: install
                    543: sysutils/e2fsprogs from pkgsrc.  Use mke2fs to format the partition
                    544: that will be the root partition of your Linux domain, and mount it.
                    545: Then copy the files from a working Linux system, make adjustments in
                    546: `/etc` (fstab, network config).  It should also be possible to extract
                    547: binary packages such as .rpm or .deb directly to the mounted partition
                    548: using the appropriate tool, possibly running under NetBSD's Linux
1.111     wiz       549: emulation.  Once the file system has been populated, umount it.  If
                    550: desirable, the file system can be converted to ext3 using tune2fs -j.
1.49      gdt       551: It should now be possible to boot the Linux guest domain, using one of
                    552: the vmlinuz-\*-xenU kernels available in the Xen binary distribution.
1.1       mspo      553: 
1.111     wiz       554: To get the Linux console right, you need to add:
1.1       mspo      555: 
1.3       mspo      556:     extra = "xencons=tty1"
1.1       mspo      557: 
1.111     wiz       558: to your configuration since not all Linux distributions auto-attach a
1.1       mspo      559: tty to the xen console.
                    560: 
1.158     maxv      561: Creating a Solaris domU
                    562: -----------------------
1.1       mspo      563: 
1.50      gdt       564: See possibly outdated
                    565: [Solaris domU instructions](/ports/xen/howto-solaris/).
1.5       mspo      566: 
1.1       mspo      567: 
1.52      gdt       568: PCI passthrough: Using PCI devices in guest domains
                    569: ---------------------------------------------------
1.1       mspo      570: 
1.53      gdt       571: The dom0 can give other domains access to selected PCI
1.52      gdt       572: devices. This can allow, for example, a non-privileged domain to have
                    573: access to a physical network interface or disk controller.  However,
                    574: keep in mind that giving a domain access to a PCI device most likely
                    575: will give the domain read/write access to the whole physical memory,
                    576: as PCs don't have an IOMMU to restrict memory access to DMA-capable
1.53      gdt       577: device.  Also, it's not possible to export ISA devices to non-dom0
1.52      gdt       578: domains, which means that the primary VGA adapter can't be exported.
                    579: A guest domain trying to access the VGA registers will panic.
                    580: 
1.53      gdt       581: If the dom0 is NetBSD, it has to be running Xen 3.1, as support has
1.52      gdt       582: not been ported to later versions at this time.
                    583: 
                    584: For a PCI device to be exported to a domU, is has to be attached to
                    585: the "pciback" driver in dom0.  Devices passed to the dom0 via the
                    586: pciback.hide boot parameter will attach to "pciback" instead of the
                    587: usual driver.  The list of devices is specified as "(bus:dev.func)",
1.5       mspo      588: where bus and dev are 2-digit hexadecimal numbers, and func a
                    589: single-digit number:
1.1       mspo      590: 
1.52      gdt       591:         pciback.hide=(00:0a.0)(00:06.0)
1.1       mspo      592: 
1.52      gdt       593: pciback devices should show up in the dom0's boot messages, and the
1.5       mspo      594: devices should be listed in the `/kern/xen/pci` directory.
1.1       mspo      595: 
1.52      gdt       596: PCI devices to be exported to a domU are listed in the "pci" array of
                    597: the domU's config file, with the format "0000:bus:dev.func".
1.1       mspo      598: 
1.52      gdt       599:         pci = [ '0000:00:06.0', '0000:00:0a.0' ]
1.1       mspo      600: 
1.52      gdt       601: In the domU an "xpci" device will show up, to which one or more pci
1.111     wiz       602: buses will attach.  Then the PCI drivers will attach to PCI buses as
1.52      gdt       603: usual.  Note that the default NetBSD DOMU kernels do not have "xpci"
                    604: or any PCI drivers built in by default; you have to build your own
                    605: kernel to use PCI devices in a domU.  Here's a kernel config example;
                    606: note that only the "xpci" lines are unusual.
                    607: 
                    608:         include         "arch/i386/conf/XEN3_DOMU"
                    609: 
1.111     wiz       610:         # Add support for PCI buses to the XEN3_DOMU kernel
1.52      gdt       611:         xpci* at xenbus ?
                    612:         pci* at xpci ?
                    613: 
                    614:         # PCI USB controllers
                    615:         uhci*   at pci? dev ? function ?        # Universal Host Controller (Intel)
                    616: 
                    617:         # USB bus support
                    618:         usb*    at uhci?
                    619: 
                    620:         # USB Hubs
                    621:         uhub*   at usb?
                    622:         uhub*   at uhub? port ? configuration ? interface ?
                    623: 
                    624:         # USB Mass Storage
                    625:         umass*  at uhub? port ? configuration ? interface ?
                    626:         wd*     at umass?
                    627:         # SCSI controllers
                    628:         ahc*    at pci? dev ? function ?        # Adaptec [23]94x, aic78x0 SCSI
                    629: 
                    630:         # SCSI bus support (for both ahc and umass)
                    631:         scsibus* at scsi?
                    632: 
                    633:         # SCSI devices
                    634:         sd*     at scsibus? target ? lun ?      # SCSI disk drives
                    635:         cd*     at scsibus? target ? lun ?      # SCSI CD-ROM drives
1.1       mspo      636: 
                    637: 
1.160     maxv      638: #NetBSD as a domU in a VPS
1.28      gdt       639: 
                    640: The bulk of the HOWTO is about using NetBSD as a dom0 on your own
                    641: hardware.  This section explains how to deal with Xen in a domU as a
                    642: virtual private server where you do not control or have access to the
1.70      gdt       643: dom0.  This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of VPS providers;
                    644: only a few are mentioned that specifically support NetBSD.
1.28      gdt       645: 
1.52      gdt       646: VPS operators provide varying degrees of access and mechanisms for
                    647: configuration.  The big issue is usually how one controls which kernel
1.111     wiz       648: is booted, because the kernel is nominally in the dom0 file system (to
                    649: which VPS users do not normally have access).  A second issue is how
1.70      gdt       650: to install NetBSD.
1.52      gdt       651: A VPS user may want to compile a kernel for security updates, to run
                    652: npf, run IPsec, or any other reason why someone would want to change
                    653: their kernel.
                    654: 
1.111     wiz       655: One approach is to have an administrative interface to upload a kernel,
1.68      gdt       656: or to select from a prepopulated list.  Other approaches are pygrub
1.59      gdt       657: (deprecated) and pvgrub, which are ways to have a bootloader obtain a
1.111     wiz       658: kernel from the domU file system.  This is closer to a regular physical
1.59      gdt       659: computer, where someone who controls a machine can replace the kernel.
1.52      gdt       660: 
1.74      gdt       661: A second issue is multiple CPUs.  With NetBSD 6, domUs support
                    662: multiple vcpus, and it is typical for VPS providers to enable multiple
                    663: CPUs for NetBSD domUs.
                    664: 
1.59      gdt       665: pvgrub
                    666: ------
                    667: 
                    668: pvgrub is a version of grub that uses PV operations instead of BIOS
                    669: calls.  It is booted from the dom0 as the domU kernel, and then reads
1.111     wiz       670: /grub/menu.lst and loads a kernel from the domU file system.
1.59      gdt       671: 
1.70      gdt       672: [Panix](http://www.panix.com/) lets users use pvgrub.  Panix reports
1.71      gdt       673: that pvgrub works with FFsv2 with 16K/2K and 32K/4K block/frag sizes
                    674: (and hence with defaults from "newfs -O 2").  See [Panix's pvgrub
1.70      gdt       675: page](http://www.panix.com/v-colo/grub.html), which describes only
1.74      gdt       676: Linux but should be updated to cover NetBSD :-).
1.70      gdt       677: 
                    678: [prgmr.com](http://prgmr.com/) also lets users with pvgrub to boot
                    679: their own kernel.  See then [prgmr.com NetBSD
1.74      gdt       680: HOWTO](http://wiki.prgmr.com/mediawiki/index.php/NetBSD_as_a_DomU)
                    681: (which is in need of updating).
1.59      gdt       682: 
1.70      gdt       683: It appears that [grub's FFS
                    684: code](http://xenbits.xensource.com/hg/xen-unstable.hg/file/bca284f67702/tools/libfsimage/ufs/fsys_ufs.c)
                    685: does not support all aspects of modern FFS, but there are also reports
1.72      gdt       686: that FFSv2 works fine.  At prgmr, typically one has an ext2 or FAT
1.70      gdt       687: partition for the kernel with the intent that grub can understand it,
                    688: which leads to /netbsd not being the actual kernel.  One must remember
1.111     wiz       689: to update the special boot partition.
1.59      gdt       690: 
1.168     wiki      691: pygrub
                    692: -------
                    693: 
                    694: pygrub runs in the dom0 and looks into the domU file system.  This
                    695: implies that the domU must have a kernel in a file system in a format
                    696: known to pygrub.
                    697: 
                    698: pygrub doesn't seem to work to load Linux images under NetBSD dom0,
                    699: and is inherently less secure than pvgrub due to running inside dom0. For both these
                    700: reasons, pygrub should not be used, and is only still present so that
                    701: historical DomU images using it still work.
                    702: 
                    703: As of 2014, pygrub seems to be of mostly historical
                    704: interest. New DomUs should use pvgrub.
                    705: 
1.59      gdt       706: Amazon
                    707: ------
                    708: 
1.143     wiki      709: See the [Amazon EC2 page](/amazon_ec2/).

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