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Tweaks and tips for better performance with FreeBSD on KVM.
 
Tweaks and tips for better performance with FreeBSD on KVM.
  
:'''Note:''' This has been tested with FreeBSD 9.3 RELEASE (and patch levels). Some steps have been removed as they have been deprecated in newer FreeBSD versions.
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:'''Note:''' This has been tested with FreeBSD 10.3 RELEASE (and patch levels). Some steps have been removed as they have been deprecated in newer FreeBSD versions.
 
==Create VM==
 
==Create VM==
* Download the FreeBSD 9.3-RELEASE-amd64 DVD ISO (from [http://www.freebsd.org/where.html here]) and transfer it to your VM server.
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* Download the FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE-amd64 DVD ISO (from [http://www.freebsd.org/where.html here]) and transfer it to your VM server.
 
* Create a new VM:
 
* Create a new VM:
** CPU: dual-socket or dual-core
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** CPU: dual-socket and/or dual-core
*** '''IMPORTANT:''' As of current PVE releases, you may need to set your CPU to '''qemu64''' rather than '''kvm64''' for FreeBSD to be able to boot.
 
 
** RAM: 2GB (minimum)
 
** RAM: 2GB (minimum)
** Network: Intel e1000 (bridged) or Virtio
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** Network: Virtio
** Create a 32GB primary disk (scsi, qcow2) or Virtio
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** Disk: 32GB (or higher), virtio, qcow2
** Add FreeBSD 9.3-RELEASE-amd64 DVD ISO as an optical drive (scsi).
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** Add FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE-amd64 DVD ISO as an optical drive.
  
 
==Install FreeBSD==
 
==Install FreeBSD==
 
* Power on the VM.
 
* Power on the VM.
* It should boot to the FreeBSD 9.3-RELEASE-amd64 DVD ISO.
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* It should boot to the FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE-amd64 DVD ISO.
* System Components: Add "src".
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* System Components: Disable optional (games, etc).
* Disks: Guided, use entire disk.
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* Disks: Automatic ZFS-On-Root Guided, use entire disk.
 
* Network: Use ipv4 only (unless you also use ipv6).
 
* Network: Use ipv4 only (unless you also use ipv6).
 
* Services: Add ntpd.
 
* Services: Add ntpd.
* This should leave you with FreeBSD 9.3-RELEASE installed on the 32GB primary drive.
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* This should leave you with FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE installed on the primary drive.
 
* Shut down the VM after installation.
 
* Shut down the VM after installation.
 
* Remove the ISO from the VM's optical drive (set to empty).
 
* Remove the ISO from the VM's optical drive (set to empty).
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==First Boot==
 
==First Boot==
 
* Power on the VM and log in.
 
* Power on the VM and log in.
If you have choosen to use VirtIO devices you can check their existence with dmesg:
 
<pre>
 
dmesg | egrep '(vtnet|vtblk)'
 
vtblk0: <VirtIO Block Adapter> on virtio_pci1
 
vtblk0: 16384MB (33554432 512 byte sectors)
 
vtnet0: <VirtIO Networking Adapter> on virtio_pci2
 
vtnet0: Ethernet address: b2:ae:f1:97:36:52
 
</pre>
 
 
* Set the time:
 
* Set the time:
 
<pre>
 
<pre>
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</pre>
 
</pre>
 
* Reboot
 
* Reboot
 
== Links ==
 
* [http://www.freebsd.org/doc/handbook/updating-upgrading-portsnap.html FreeBSD Handbook - Portsnap: a Ports Collection Update Tool]
 
* [http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/url.cgi?ports/ports-mgmt/portmaster/pkg-descr freebsd.org - Port description for ports-mgmt/portmaster]
 

Revision as of 20:30, 27 April 2016

Tweaks and tips for better performance with FreeBSD on KVM.

Note: This has been tested with FreeBSD 10.3 RELEASE (and patch levels). Some steps have been removed as they have been deprecated in newer FreeBSD versions.

Create VM

  • Download the FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE-amd64 DVD ISO (from here) and transfer it to your VM server.
  • Create a new VM:
    • CPU: dual-socket and/or dual-core
    • RAM: 2GB (minimum)
    • Network: Virtio
    • Disk: 32GB (or higher), virtio, qcow2
    • Add FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE-amd64 DVD ISO as an optical drive.

Install FreeBSD

  • Power on the VM.
  • It should boot to the FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE-amd64 DVD ISO.
  • System Components: Disable optional (games, etc).
  • Disks: Automatic ZFS-On-Root Guided, use entire disk.
  • Network: Use ipv4 only (unless you also use ipv6).
  • Services: Add ntpd.
  • This should leave you with FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE installed on the 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