[CentOS-virt] Windows Server 2008 with the KVM --no-acpi option

Thu Mar 19 09:59:00 UTC 2009
Phil Schaffner <P.R.Schaffner at IEEE.org>

On Tue, 2009-03-17 at 09:51 +0000, Julez wrote:
> KVM version 84
> Host OS: Centos version: 2.6.18-92.el5
> Guest OS: Windows Server 2008 Web
> Processor: Intel Xeon L5420 Quad-Core
> I have installed kvm version 84 from .rpm's on lfarkas.org.  Without the 
> --no-acpi option, Windows 2008 boots fine.  With the --no-acpi option, 
> the VM displays the following:
... snip ...
> For anyone else wanting to know how to install KVM version 84, this 
> worked for me:
> yum remove kvm
> yum install zlib-devel alsa-lib-devel SDL-devel gnutls-devel dev86 
> texi2html glibc-devel.i386
> rpm -i -v 
> http://www.lfarkas.org/linux/packages/centos/5/x86_64/etherboot-roms-kvm-5.4.4-8.x86_64.rpm
> rpm -i -v 
> http://www.lfarkas.org/linux/packages/centos/5/x86_64/kmod-kvm-84-1.x86_64.rpm
> rpm -i -v 
> http://www.lfarkas.org/linux/packages/centos/5/x86_64/kvm-84-1.x86_64.rpm
> reboot
> Before I post this solution under my original forum post...
> http://www.centos.org/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=19034&forum=38
> ...is this the recommended method for running KVM 72+?

Can't say as to what is recommended but knowing that it works for
someone is useful, so I'd recommend updating your post - including
Joseph L. Casale's advice that "Windows Vista/2008 requires ACPI. It
won't run w/o."

> According to this...
> http://www.linux-kvm.org/page/Guest_Support_Status
> ...KVM version 72 is required for Windows Server 2008.  CentOS ships 
> with KVM 36 and the testing repositories have version 66 - and that's 
> only provided as source: http://dev.centos.org/centos/5/testing/SRPMS/.  

Hate to give you the run-around, since I directed you here from the
Forum, but the above sounds like an appropriate topic for centos-devel. 


Farkas Levente of lfarkas.org is frequently found there.

> Maybe the KVM HowTo could be updated for anyone with the misfortune
> to 
> require Windows Server 2008: http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/KVM

If you would like to update the above, that requires yet another list
membership http://lists.centos.org/mailman/listinfo/centos-docs and see
http://wiki.centos.org/Contribute.  Alternately, send me a PM with your
suggested Wiki changes and I can help with that; however, joining
yourself is the best way to contribute to the community.