Virtualization on FreeBSD

Nikos Vassiliadis nvass at
Thu Jul 30 10:18:34 UTC 2015

On 07/30/15 09:45, Kyle wrote:
> I've recently installed FreeBSD on my home server to replace my linux
> install after getting frustrated with some of the newer software.
> I'll prefix this question by saying I really like FreeBSD much better so
> far, except for the following.
> One thing I really liked about my previous system was KVM, Linux's
> kernel-supported virtualization. It always worked really well.
> I've been trying VirtualBox, QEMU, and bhyve with FreeBSD as a host, but
> none of them seem to work anywhere near as well as the KVM on Linux.

What is the problem with bhyve?

> VirtualBox seemed to have issues with the networking.
> I couldn't get KQEMU to work (it always gave me 'kqemu support:
> disabled' in the kqemu console), and QEMU was too slow without it.
> bhyve looks good, but it seems from what I've read that it only supports
> FreeBSD and grub-bootable VMs.
> Is there anyone who has had better success than me at using FreeBSD as a
> host for virtualization?

I use bhyve in production and it's fine. According to the wiki,
bhyve supports these:

> Q: What VM operating systems does bhyve support?
> A: bhyve supports any version of FreeBSD i386/amd64 with VirtIO support, plus OpenBSD, NetBSD and Linux using the sysutils/grub2-bhyve port to load them:
> FreeBSD 8.4-RELEASE amd64/i386 and 8-STABLE amd64
> FreeBSD 9.*-RELEASE amd64/i386 9-STABLE amd64/i386
> FreeBSD 10 (All amd64/i386 versions)
> FreeBSD 11-CURRENT amd64/i386
> OpenBSD amd64/i386 5.2 and newer
> Linux amd64/i386
> NetBSD amd64 6.1 and newer
> Tested GNU/Linux distributions include:
> CentOS/RHEL 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5 and 7.0
> Debian 6.0.7, 7.0, 7.6 netinstall i386/amd64
> Fedora 20
> OpenSUSE 12.3 and 13.1 amd64
> Ubuntu 10.04, 12.04, 13.04, 14.04 and 14.10 server i386/amd64

Please share more,

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