FreeBSD 10 On CloudStack + KVM

Motty Cruz, recently reported having issues installing and running FreeBSD on his CloudStack 4.2.1/CentOS 6.5 KVM environment.

My environment is very similar, except that I prefer to run FreeBSD on XenServer instead of KVM. FreeBSD 10 and later versions have XENHVM support possibly making Xen a better platform for FreeBSD.

So does FreeBSD have issues running on Apache CloudStack 4.2.1 and CentOS 6.5 KVM hypervisors?

I used the following ISOs to boot and create FreeBSD templates:

  1. FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE amd64 minimal ISO from -amd64/9.2/FreeBSD-9.2-RELEASE-amd64-bootonly.iso
  2. FreeBSD 10-RELEASE amd64 minimal ISO from 10.0/FreeBSD-10.0-RELEASE-amd64-bootonly.iso
  3. FreeBSD 10-RELEASE i386 minimal ISO from

FreeBSD 10-RELEASE (32bit and 64bit) and 9.2-RELEASE (64bit) successfully boots and install from the ISO on a 512MB and 1vCPU offering. The OS Type used was either FreeBSD (32bit) or FreeBSD (64bit) depending on the ISO architecture. While I didn’t explicitly test FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE i386 boot and installation, it should work fine too.

FreeBSD 9.2 KVM

FreeBSD 10 KVM64

FreeBSD 10 KVM32

By Shanker Balan

Shanker Balan is a devops and infrastructure freelancer with over 14 years of industry experience in large scale Internet systems. He is available for both short term and long term projects on contract. Please use the Contact Form for any enquiry.

1 comment

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *