Hi Guys, first post here so be kind!
I'm trying to install pfSense as a HVM guest on Xen, but I haven't had any success so far.
I've got the hypervisor installed, with Alpine Linux as my Dom0. No GUI - everything's console based, but I do use a graphics card to give a VGA connection to view the console.
All that's working just fine so far.
The problems start when I try to install pfSense as a HVM. I've tried both the CD ISO version and the usbstick serial version. With the serial version, I can see the system booting to a certain point, then the serial connection just disconnects. With the ISO version, I can't even get the thing to boot.
Here's the Xen configuration I've been using:
builder = "hvm"
name = "pfsense"
memory = 2048
maxmem = 2048
vcpus = 2
acpi = 1
apic = 1
vif = [ 'bridge=br0, mac=00:3e:16:02:02:99' ]
disk = [ 'phy:/dev/vg0/pfsense,xvdb,w', 'phy:/dev/sdk,xvda,w' ]
boot = 'c'
sdl = 0
vnc = 0
nographics = 1
serial = 'pty'
on_poweroff = 'destroy'
on_reboot = 'destroy'
on_crash = 'destroy'
By watching the PTY interface with Screen, I can see the system start, load the kernel, and start identifying hardware devices, but it gets no further than that. After a while, the PTY device just disappears, which is weird because the VM continues to run - I just can't access it. Any ideas what's going on?
I've tried sending the serial to TCP, too. When I do this, I can see it booting up from PuTTY on another computer, but it still cuts off in the same place.