Thursday, April 4, 2013

Getting EFI (OVMF) into libvirt


Finally it's working like a charm - booting a VM with EFI (instead of a BIOS).

lersek pointed me to a page describing how to test SecureBoot with Fedora this implies the usage of EFI. And that page contains a link to an rpm carrying the EFI payload. Awesome.

After installing the RPM you only need to tell libvirt to use that bootloader instead of the default one.

All you need to do:
# Install a prerequirement
$ sudo dnf install seavgabios-bin ipxe-roms ipxe-roms-qemu

# Install OVMF
$ sudo rpm -ivh\

# Create a VM pointing to OVMF
$ sudo virt-install --name f18-uefi \
                    --ram 2048 \
                    --boot loader=/usr/share/edk2.manual/\
                                  ovmf-x64/OVMF-pure-efi.fd \
                    --disk f18-uefi.qcow,format=qcow2,size=10 \
                    --os-variant fedora18 \
                    --cdrom /path/to/Fedora-18-x86_64-DVD.iso

That's it! I'm truly amazed.

Btw.: oVirt Node can also be tested this way. Sadly it currently crashes under EFI.

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