Running Windows on Xen
The NetBSD/xen port is able to run M$ Windows domU, since you have a CPU that
features the Intel®
First, ensure that your (Intel®) CPU has the correct feature ; I’m looking for the Intel® Virtualization Technology feature:
# cpuctl identify 0 cpu0: Intel Core 2 (Merom) (686-class), id 0x6f6 (...) cpu0: features2 0xe3bd<SSE3,DTES64,MONITOR,DS-CPL,<strong>VMX</strong>,EST,TM2,SSSE3,CX16,xTPR,PDCM> (...) cpu0: "Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU T7400 @ 2.16GHz" (...)
VMX feature means that I should be able to run any Xen-unaware OS.
I was able to run both Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 series using the following configuration file:
name = "whistler" kernel = "/usr/pkg/lib/xen/boot/hvmloader" builder='hvm' memory = 320 vif = [ 'bridge=bridge0, type=ioemu' ] device_model = '/usr/pkg/libexec/qemu-dm' #disk = [ 'file:/home/xen/whistler/disk,ioemu:hda,w', # 'file:/home/xen/whistler.iso,ioemu:hdc:cdrom,r' ] disk = [ 'file:/home/xen/whistler/disk,ioemu:hda,w' ] #boot='d' vnc = 1 vncdisplay = 1 vncunused = 0 vncpasswd = "" vnclisten = '192.168.0.20' usb=1 usbdevice='tablet'
To access the “console”, use a VNC client and connect to
1 which should be port
5901. Configure and use
TSE ASAP as it is
much faster than
Don’t try to install the Xen drivers from Citrix & friends. Those don’t work with NetBSD/xen AFAIK.
That’s All Folks!