Virtualization on FreeBSD

Mark Felder feld at
Fri Jul 31 14:52:50 UTC 2015

On Thu, Jul 30, 2015, at 01:45, 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.
> 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?
> Thanks

You could try Xen dom0 on CURRENT. Michael Dexter has posted pictures of
it running a Windows VM guest. I've been meaning to do the same, but
haven't had time lately. I might get around to it this weekend and maybe
write a blog post about it.

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