OPNsense are looking fairly active

Since the debacle where Electric Sheep Fence made their git repository private and gated access to it, it seems a fork has sprung up.. OPNsense. I found out about it when I was searching for simple firewall alternatives which could run on a wifi/ADSL custom firmware, as I’d like to get some of my less-tech…

pfSense 2.2 beta works with Xen

After a quick test install of pfSense 2.2’s beta image (dated 1017 – I see there are two newer builds up since then), I’m pleased to report that Xen support works with pfSense 2.2 without rebuilding it!  yay! iso image here:  http://snapshots.pfsense.org/FreeBSD_releng/10.1/amd64/pfSense_HEAD/livecd_installer/?C=M;O=D I’ve been running a build of pfSense 2.1 I built over a year…

FreeNAS 9.2.1.5 with Xen PVHVM support

So after a couple of comments from readers (what? you mean I’m not just screaming into the void?), I decided to investigate building the latest version of FreeNAS with Xen support. Since my original post about building FreeNAS 9.2 for Xen, the FreeNAS developers released 9.2.1 which added some cool stuff like Samba 4, newer…

Fedora virtualization setup as Xen dom0

In my previous blog post about choosing the right dom0, I came to the conclusion that in the face of an upcoming RHEL7 which is based on Fedora 19/20, it made sense to set up my dom0 for using Fedora 20. Given the similarity between Fedora 20 and RHEL7, it should be the same process…

freeNAS 9.2 ISO with Xen PVHVM support

Update 2/10/2014:  A new build updating the files to FreeNAS 9.2.1.8 which includes a bunch of samba updates, and importantly, the fixes for the bash shellshock vulnerability. Update 17/5/2014:  I’ve replaced the links on this page to a newer version, FreeNAS 9.2.1.5, and added the Upgrade file.  Note for the upgrade through the FreeNAS UI,…

Building FreeNAS with Xen PVHVM support

Ok, this took a long time to build, but it works, and the end result was ISO and img files for both i386 and x64. Update: By popular request, I’ve uploaded the iso for those unable/unwilling to build it.. see this latest post for the link to the iso. For the more intrepid who want…

Xen – which dom0 platform makes sense?

When I first started running Xen at home, it was on Fedora Core 6, and I was using hardware which didn’t include hardware-level virtualization support.  Crazy huh? Since the first iterations of my home server, I’ve been through Centos 5, and my current home server runs Scientific Linux 6 (SL6) for which I had to…

ZFS on Xen – why so hard?

Ok, so no posts for a couple of weeks.  Why?  Well I’ve been banging my head against various ZFS appliances, trying to make them do what I want 🙂 What I want is to migrate my old HP Microserver over to new hardware, and in the process, change out a bunch of the network services…