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:'''Note:''' This has only been tested with FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE (and patch levels).
 
:'''Note:''' This has only been tested with FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE (and patch levels).
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==Install FreeBSD==
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* Power on the VM.
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* It should boot to the FreeBSD 9.0-amd64 DVD ISO.
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* System Components: Add "src".
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* Disks: Guided, use entire disk.
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* Network: Use ipv4 only (unless you also use ipv6).
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* Services: Add ntpd.
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* This should leave you with FreeBSD 9 installed on the 32GB primary drive.
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* Shut down the VM after installation.
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* Remove the ISO from the VM's optical drive (set to empty).
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* Verify the VM's boot order is set to the primary hard disk first.
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==First Boot==
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* Power on the VM and log in.
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* Set the time:
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<pre>
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ntpdate -s pool.ntp.org
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</pre>
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* Update the system:
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<pre>
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freebsd-update fetch
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freebsd-update install
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</pre>
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* Reboot
 
==Enable Virto==
 
==Enable Virto==
 
* Install virtio-kmod:
 
* Install virtio-kmod:

Revision as of 22:48, 6 October 2012

Tweaks and tips for better performance with FreeBSD on KVM.

Note: This has only been tested with FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE (and patch levels).

Install FreeBSD

  • Power on the VM.
  • It should boot to the FreeBSD 9.0-amd64 DVD ISO.
  • System Components: Add "src".
  • Disks: Guided, use entire disk.
  • Network: Use ipv4 only (unless you also use ipv6).
  • Services: Add ntpd.
  • This should leave you with FreeBSD 9 installed on the 32GB primary drive.
  • Shut down the VM after installation.
  • Remove the ISO from the VM's optical drive (set to empty).
  • Verify the VM's boot order is set to the primary hard disk first.

First Boot

  • Power on the VM and log in.
  • Set the time:
ntpdate -s pool.ntp.org
  • Update the system:
freebsd-update fetch
freebsd-update install
  • Reboot

Enable Virto

  • Install virtio-kmod:
cd /usr/ports/emulators/virtio-kmod && make clean install
  • When prompted on each required package, accept defaults and OK.
  • Copy the virtio modules into /boot/kernel directory:
cp -Rp /usr/local/modules/* /boot/kernel/
kldxref /boot/kernel
  • Add the following to /boot/loader.conf:
virtio_load="YES"
virtio_pci_load="YES"
virtio_blk_load="YES"
if_vtnet_load="YES"
virtio_balloon_load="YES"
  • Enable virtio for disk by changing your /etc/fstab entries to use the vtbd prefix. Example:
# Device        Mountpoint      FStype  Options Dump    Pass#
/dev/vtbd0p2    /               ufs     rw      1       1
/dev/vtbd0p3    none            swap    sw      0       0
  • Enable virtio for network by changing the ifconfig_em0="DHCP" line in /etc/rc.conf to:
ifconfig_vtnet0="DHCP"
  • Shutdown the VM
shutdown -p now
  • Change VM's network and disk hardware to use virtio.
  • Power on the VM.
  • Verify that virtio is loading:
kldstat

Id Refs Address            Size     Name
 1   12 0xffffffff80200000 11cdab0  kernel
 2    5 0xffffffff813ce000 4ca0     virtio.ko
 3    1 0xffffffff813d3000 5880     virtio_pci.ko
 4    1 0xffffffff813d9000 5010     virtio_blk.ko
 5    1 0xffffffff813df000 aeb0     if_vtnet.ko
 6    1 0xffffffff813ea000 3210     virtio_balloon.ko

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