[CentOS-virt] Xen to KVM migration

Dennis J. dennisml at conversis.de
Mon Oct 12 13:48:24 UTC 2009

I'm thinking about how to go about migrating our Xen VMs to KVM. Migrating 
the configuraton should be easy using the virsh dumpxml/define commands but 
what is the best way to transfer the (logical volume based) images without 
too much downtime for the guest system?

Can rsync operate on logical volumes? If so I could potentially use "dd" to 
transfer an initial copy of the image to the destination host and then shut 
down the guest, rsync the logical volumes which shouldn't take too long as 
not much data has to be transfered thanks to the initial "dd" and then boot 
the guest on the new machine.

Is something like this possible or would you do something different?


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