KVM Virsh: Redirect FreeBSD Console To A Serial Port

I‘m using KVM to run multiple virtual machines under Redhat Enterprise Linux server 5.5. I’ve installed FreeBSD 7.x 64 bit as guest operating systems. How do I redirect the FreeBSD version 6, 7 or 8 virtual machine console to a serial port using virsh console command for management purpose from host itself?

FreeBSD does support a dumb terminal on a serial port as a console. This is useful for quick login or debug guest system problem without using ssh. First, login as root using ssh to your guest operating systems:
$ ssh [email protected]
su -

Edit /boot/loader.conf, enter:
# vi /boot/loader.conf
Append the following entry:
console="comconsole"
Save and close the file. Edit /etc/ttys, enter:
# vi /etc/ttys
Find the line that read as follows:

ttyd0  "/usr/libexec/getty std.9600"   dialup  off secure

Update it as follows:

ttyd0   "/usr/libexec/getty std.9600"   vt100   on secure

Save and close the file. Reboot the guest, enter:
# reboot
After reboot, you can connect to FreeBSD guest as follows from host (first guest the list of running guest operating systems):
# virsh list
Sample outputs:

 Id Name                 State
----------------------------------
  3 ographics            running
  4 freebsd              running

Now, connect to Freebsd guest, enter:
virsh console 4
OR
virsh console freebsd
Sample outputs:

Fig.01: Virsh console connected to FreeBSD guest

References:

This entry is 7 of 14 in the CentOS / Redhat (RHEL) KVM Virtulization series. Keep reading the rest of the series:

  1. CentOS / Redhat: Install KVM Virtualization Software
  2. CentOS / Redhat: KVM Bridged Network Configuration
  3. KVM virt-manager: Install CentOS As Guest Operating System
  4. KVM virt-install: Install FreeBSD / CentOS As Guest Operating System
  5. KVM: Install CentOS / RHEL Using Kickstart File (Automated Installation)
  6. Troubleshooting KVM Virtualization Problem With Log Files
  7. KVM Virsh: Redirect FreeBSD Console To A Serial Port
  8. KVM: Starting / Stopping Guest Operating Systems With virsh Command
  9. Linux KVM: Disable virbr0 NAT Interface
  10. FreeBSD / OpeBSD Running in KVM Does Not Accept FTP Traffic
  11. KVM: Start a Virtual Machine / Guest At Boot Time
  12. KVM virt-install: Install OpenBSD As Guest Operating System
  13. Linux KVM: OpenBSD Guest Hangs At Starting tty Flags
  14. KVM Virtualization: Start VNC Remote Access For Guest Operating Systems

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