Running Arch Linux using OpenBSD vmd(8)


I had difficulties running Linux as a virtual machine using OpenBSD vmd(8). Ubuntu LTS crashed during installation wizard, Debian 9 does not seem to ship with virtio drivers, Alpine randomly freezes the console and Slackware … well slack has not been updated in years. Arch Linux seems to run well. And as I didn’t find a complete guide to install and run it using OpenBSD vmd(8), here are my notes.

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Automated OpenBSD deployment on vmd(8)


Now that I have an OpenBSD server hosted in the Wild and capable of doing virtualization , I’ll migrate all my VM hosted on Synology Virtual Machine Manager. But even if the OpenBSD installer is straight forward, deploying tens of VM takes some time. So I set up an automated environment that provides fast and (nearly) finger-less deployment.

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Choosing between AMD and Intel for the Virtual Infrastructure


My ESXi v5 runs on a Mini-ITX Z68 motherboard with Intel Core i5 2500T (Quad core). I choose this because I wanted to have a silent (fanless) and low consumption box. The box runs quite well. The only thing that I regret is that I don’t have access to any sensors from the vSphere client. I was looking at the SuperMicro motherboards as they seem to provide IPMI.

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The FreeBSD hypervisor using VirtualBox


VirtualBox is a virtualization software that allows running several OSes on a single host machine. It was first a free VMware Workstation-like tools but has grown quite a bit now. You can now run virtual machines headless, like you do with Xen or KVM. Here’s a little tour on setting up an hypervisor using VirtualBox on FreeBSD 9. BTW: Why FreeBSD? Because it features ZFS filesystem version 5 and ZFS pool version 28.

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Run a virtual ESXi 5 in VMware ESXi 5


I now have a (quite) powerfull server: Intel Core i5 with 4 cores and 16GB of RAM. I want to virtualize as many things as possible. So I installed the free VMware ESXi 5 on the physical server and started populating it with virtual machines. I have a main virtual machine that has been P2Ved and run on the local storage of the ESXi. Then I have a virtual Nexenta that accesses some raw disks of the physical server to populate the storage. This is how to install and run a virtual ESXi 5.0.0 inside a physical ESXi 5.0.0 instance.

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