KVM/QEMU how to boot from direct kernel vmlinuz and initrd with networking

Thsi is very handy when doing your own kernel development.

-m specifies how much ram (in the example it is 768MB)

-kernel specifies the path to the kernel file

-net tap,ifname=tap1,script=no (the ifname=tap1 is what you need to change and setup manually).

*Run "tunctl -b" to create a tap device and use the one it gives you for ifname=

Enable networking to the outside like this:

*Note we assume that your bridge is br0 in this example (you need to setup as a bridge for KVM to have direct network access)

tap=`tap -b`; brctl addif br0 $tap; ifconfig $tap up; /usr/libexec/qemu-kvm -m 768 -kernel /tftpboot/images/kernelfs-3.2.55 -net nic -net tap,ifname=$tap,script=no append "initrd=/initrd/location"

 


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