USB passthrough test reports in 7.5RC1



  • @olivierlambert
    Hi

    It would appear usb pass through is non functional, which is a shame.
    My only options are

    1. Plan A, wait untill it is fixed, is this probable?
    2. Plan B, install the software on the hypervisor, not good, but probably feasible (freenas is a bit like this, but it is possible as extra's are placed in a protected area
      and do not get disabled though updates)
    3. Plan C Raspberry Pi.

    Thanks

    Aimee



  • @aimdev

    Just wanted to chime in here and say that USB Passthrough is also non-functional for me. Can't pass through a USB Bluetooth dongle, even though I added an allow run to the usb-policy.conf file and it shows up fine in the CLI and XCP-ng Center.



  • Can you make USB passthrough work in XenServer 7.5? I would like to rule out if it's XCP-ng issue or XS issue.

    Also, please try to report the operation with xe CLI commands (and the output), so it's easily reproducible by everyone without having to install anything special.



  • @olivierlambert

    For me, I basically followed the instructions on Citrix's docs regarding USB Passthrough.

    Interesting now, I'm getting an error trying to boot the VM of:

    INTERNAL_ERROR(xenopsd internal error: Call to usb reset failed: Forkhelpers.Spawn_internal_error("usage: usb_reset.py attach [-h] -d DOMID -p PID [-r RESET_ONLY] device\nusb_reset.py attach: error: argument -r: expected one argument\n", "", _))

    The VM will actually finish its boot, but it won't look like it to XO or XCP-ng Center for a few seconds.

    I can test with XS7.5 instead but it seems like it's an enterprise only feature? Also, would the revert to XS simply involve inserting the ISO and doing an "upgrade" or would it need to be fresh?



  • Please post your exact procedure with xe here please.

    I have both XS 7.5 with license AND XCP-ng 7.5 RC1 to test in my lab.

    edit: tomorrow obviously, it's already 9PM here ⏲



  • @olivierlambert Sure thing!

    Because I was passing through a USB Bluetooth dongle, I had to specifically create an "allow" entry in /etc/xensource/usb-policy.conf.

    1. Run lsusb and identify the device to be passed through.
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 1b70:100f
    Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0764:0501 Cyber Power System, Inc. CP1500 AVR UPS
    Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0a12:0001 Cambridge Silicon Radio, Ltd Bluetooth Dongle (HCI mode)
    Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0557:7000 ATEN International Co., Ltd Hub
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 006: ID 0557:2419 ATEN International Co., Ltd
    

    I happened to want to pass through the Cambridge Silicon Radio entry. Note the ID of 0a12:0001. The format is vid:pid that will come in handy later.

    1. Run /opt/xensource/libexec/usb_scan.py -d and run cat /var/log/user.log | grep "'idVendor': '<vid>'". I found the line that had:
    Aug  1 11:56:24 ascension usb_scan.py DEBUG: UsbDevice: (u'1-12', {'idVendor': '0a12', 'ID_VENDOR_FROM_DATABASE': u'Cambridge Silicon Radio, Ltd', 'bConfigurationValue': '1', 'bDeviceClass': 'e0', 'ID_MODEL_FROM_DATABASE': u'Bluetooth Dongle (HCI mode)', 'version': ' 2.00', 'idProduct': '0001', 'bNumInterfaces': ' 2', 'serial': '', 'bcdDevice': '8891'})#012#011|__ UsbInterface: (u'1-12:1.0', {'bInterfaceNumber': '00', 'bInterfaceClass': 'e0', 'bInterfaceProtocol': '01', 'bInterfaceSubClass': '01'})#012#011|__ UsbInterface: (u'1-12:1.1', {'bInterfaceNumber': '01', 'bInterfaceClass': 'e0', 'bInterfaceProtocol': '01', 'bInterfaceSubClass': '01'})
    

    but a different device would have a different line but similar content. Note down the 'bDeviceClass'.

    1. Edit the /etc/xensource/usb-policy.conf file and add
    ALLOW:vid=<vid> pid=<pid> class=<bDeviceClass>
    

    using the values from earlier.

    1. Rerun /opt/xensource/libexec/usb_scan.py -d and the USB Device should now be added.

    Now to actually pass through the USB to the VM.

    1. Run xe pusb-list. My output is:
    uuid ( RO)            : f20850de-c998-5541-4d16-f06eccf87b40
                path ( RO): 1-12
           vendor-id ( RO): 0a12
         vendor-desc ( RO): Cambridge Silicon Radio, Ltd
          product-id ( RO): 0001
        product-desc ( RO): Bluetooth Dongle (HCI mode)
              serial ( RO):
             version ( RO): 2.00
         description ( RO): Cambridge Silicon Radio, Ltd_Bluetooth Dongle (HCI mode)
    
    
    uuid ( RO)            : 8560df9a-d712-687b-1f36-3ecd1c84dad1
                path ( RO): 1-2
           vendor-id ( RO): 0764
         vendor-desc ( RO): Cyber Power System, Inc.
          product-id ( RO): 0501
        product-desc ( RO): CP1500 AVR UPS
              serial ( RO):
             version ( RO): 1.10
         description ( RO): Cyber Power System, Inc._CP1500 AVR UPS
    
    

    I actually have 2 USB devices but I didn't want to pass through the UPS. Note the UUID of the USB device: f20850de-c998-5541-4d16-f06eccf87b40.

    1. Run xe pusb-param-set uuid=<uuid> passthrough-enabled=true with the UUID from earlier.

    2. Shutdown the target VM.

    3. Run xe usb-group-list PUSB-uuids=<uuid>. For me, output is:

    uuid ( RO)                : 316ac764-39fe-4120-0d6a-759ecb81a1ea
              name-label ( RW): Group of 0a12 0001 USBs
        name-description ( RW):
    
    

    Note the group UUID of 316ac764-39fe-4120-0d6a-759ecb81a1ea.

    1. Run xe vusb-create usb-group-uuid=<group_uuid> vm-uuid=<vm_uuid>

    2. Run xe vm-start uuid=<vm_uuid>

    Those are the exact procedures I followed to try to get my USB passed through. 🙂 Hope it will help troubleshoot!

    For most devices, you probably don't have to do the first section. My UPS showed up perfect fine without the first section.



  • @fjen said in XCP-ng 7.5.0 Release Candidate:

    @aimdev

    Just wanted to chime in here and say that USB Passthrough is also non-functional for me. Can't pass through a USB Bluetooth dongle, even though I added an allow run to the usb-policy.conf file and it shows up fine in the CLI and XCP-ng Center.

    Hi

    Thanks for the info.

    My /etc/xensource/usb-policy.conf contained a DENY for class 2 devices

    DENY: vid=17e9 # All DisplayLink USB displays
    #DENY: class=02 # Communications and CDC-Control
    ALLOW: class=02 subclass=02 # Communications and CDC-Control
    ALLOW:vid=056a pid=0315 class=03 # Wacom Intuos tablet
    ALLOW:vid=056a pid=0314 class=03 # Wacom Intuos tablet
    ALLOW:vid=056a pid=00fb class=03 # Wacom DTU tablet
    DENY: class=03 subclass=01 prot=01 # HID Boot keyboards
    DENY: class=03 subclass=01 prot=02 # HID Boot mice
    DENY: class=0a # CDC-Data
    DENY: class=0b # Smartcard
    DENY: class=e0 # Wireless controller
    DENY: class=ef subclass=04 # Miscellaneous network devices
    ALLOW:vid=1546 pid=01a8 class=02 # Ublox
    ALLOW: # Otherwise allow everything else

    My device is a class 2 device.
    Aug 2 06:02:38 localhost usb_scan.py DEBUG: UsbDevice: (u'3-2', {'idVendor': '1546', 'ID_VENDOR_FROM_DATABASE': u'U-Blox AG', 'bConfigurationValue': '1', 'bDeviceClass': '02', 'ID_MODEL_FROM_DATABASE': '', 'version': ' 1.10', 'idProduct': '01a8', 'bNumInterfaces': ' 2', 'serial': '', 'bcdDevice': '0301'})#012#011|__ UsbInterface: (u'3-2:1.0', {'bInterfaceNumber': '00', 'bInterfaceClass': '02', 'bInterfaceProtocol': '01', 'bInterfaceSubClass': '02'})#012#011|__ UsbInterface: (u'3-2:1.1', {'bInterfaceNumber': '01', 'bInterfaceClass': '0a', 'bInterfaceProtocol': 'ff', 'bInterfaceSubClass': '00'})

    I commented out the DENY, added an ALLOW for class 2, added the line for the UBLOX, which basically is a serial
    device (its a gps receiver I am going to use as the source for a time server)

    Rebooted

    The result of the /opt/xensource/libexec/usb_scan.py -d command does not show the UBLOX, only the UPS.

    Not sure if I have got the configuration correct.
    I looked at the citrix docs, but until the scan shows the device, I cannot proceed any further.
    I will take a look at the usb_scan.py to try and determine the rules.

    Thanks

    Aimee



  • @fjen If I try your procedure, I can't boot the VM when it's attached to the vUSB device. I got:

    # xe vm-start uuid=71700117-2d3f-1d99-9d3f-a2e106ac701a 
    The value given is invalid
    field: platform:device-model when vm has VUSBs
    value: undefined
    

    What did I miss?



  • @olivierlambert

    Actually, re-doing the procedure on a fresh VM, I actually got the same error... This doesn't happen with XCP-ng Center though.

    I can resolve it though by specifying the platform:device-model parameter.

    xe vm-param-set uuid=<uuid> platform:device-model=qemu-upstream-compat



  • @fjen

    So I tried USB passthrough with a simple USB stick, and it worked perfectly. The stick is passed to my Windows VM without any issue, from both XCP-ng 7.5 RC1 and XenServer 7.5

    You can see the "Vates (E:)" USB key dislayed here:

    0_1533241328309_usbpass.png

    VM is a Windows 2012 R2 64 Bits. Followed the xe CLI instruction with success.



  • @olivierlambert Ah thanks for the test! Guess the feature just doesn't play well with my Bluetooth dongle and mouse. 😞



  • I'll try tomorrow with a wireless dongle for keyboard/mouse.



  • @olivierlambert Thank you! 😄



  • @aimdev

    Update

    I removed all the rules except the allow all in /etc/xensource/usb-policy.conf
    The U-blox device was present when running /opt/xensource/libexec/usb_scan.py -d 🙂
    The device is present when running xe pusb-list 🙂
    The device is present using xcp-ng centre 🙂
    The configuration file clearly has an issue for me to resolve. 😞
    Followed instructions from @fjen , thanks for your efforts.
    got this on vm startup
    The value given is invalid
    field: platform:device-model when vm has VUSBs
    value: qemu-trad

    issued command
    xe vm-param-set uuid=<uuid> platform:device-model=qemu-upstream-compat
    Started vm
    cat /dev/ttyACM0 present and seeing gps messages. 🙂

    It appears the only way to get this to work is via the cli.

    Doing a reboot test next, fingers crossed, yes ok 🙂

    Thanks

    Aimee



  • @aimdev said in USB passthrough test reports in 7.5RC1:

    @aimdev

    Update

    I removed all the rules except the allow all in /etc/xensource/usb-policy.conf
    The U-blox device was present when running /opt/xensource/libexec/usb_scan.py -d 🙂
    The device is present when running xe pusb-list 🙂
    The device is present using xcp-ng centre 🙂
    The configuration file clearly has an issue for me to resolve. 😞
    Followed instructions from @fjen , thanks for your efforts.
    got this on vm startup
    The value given is invalid
    field: platform:device-model when vm has VUSBs
    value: qemu-trad

    issued command
    xe vm-param-set uuid=<uuid> platform:device-model=qemu-upstream-compat
    Started vm
    cat /dev/ttyACM0 present and seeing gps messages. 🙂

    It appears the only way to get this to work is via the cli.

    Doing a reboot test next, fingers crossed, yes ok 🙂

    Thanks

    Aimee

    Hi

    Didn't survive the 7.5 RC1 to 7.5 upgrade, had to re configure it.
    All working ok.

    Aimee



  • Yes that's normal config file are changed 🙂



  • I met the same issue after upgrading my host to 7.5. The information at here is helpful. Thanks.

    BTW I guess xcp-ng doesn't support vUSB hotplug. Is there anyone know if there is any plan to support hot plug/unplug? Maybe depend on Citrix's plan on XenServer? Is there any workaround to support that with qemu?



  • @olivierlambert said in USB passthrough test reports in 7.5RC1:

    @fjen

    So I tried USB passthrough with a simple USB stick, and it worked perfectly. The stick is passed to my Windows VM without any issue, from both XCP-ng 7.5 RC1 and XenServer 7.5

    You can see the "Vates (E:)" USB key dislayed here:

    0_1533241328309_usbpass.png

    VM is a Windows 2012 R2 64 Bits. Followed the xe CLI instruction with success.

    Just an odd question. . .

    Is that USB device available to just this one VM or to every VM?



  • Not an odd question 🙂 You assign the USB device to one VM only. IDK if it's possible to assign it to multiple VMs, but it sounds unlikely!



  • @olivierlambert the reason I ask is I recall considering this option back on XS6.5 and simply opt'd to not use USB devices any longer.

    It was just more of a headache using USB than it was using network attached storage.

    Now for USB license fobs etc it could be an issue, but I would get a USB to network adapter in that scenario.