[CentOS-virt] centos 5.8 libvirt disk options

Nico Kadel-Garcia nkadel at gmail.com
Thu Sep 27 20:58:03 EDT 2012

Nico Kadel-Garcia
Email: nico.kadel at tufts.edu
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On Sep 27, 2012, at 20:41, Philip Durbin <philipdurbin at gmail.com> wrote:

> how about this?
> virt-v2v -ic 'esx://my-vmware-hypervisor.example.com' -os default --network default my-vm
> via http://irclog.perlgeek.de/crimsonfu/2012-05-24#i_5632151
> On Sep 27, 2012, at 8:20 PM, Bill Campbell <centos at celestial.com> wrote:
>> I am attempting to use libvirtd/kvm on CentOS 5.latest to migrate a SCO
>> OpenServer 5.0.6a VM from the old VMware server.

Seriously, don't. Update the OpenServer to 5.0.7 if at all possible, and work from CentOS 6 if you can. The driver updates for 5.0.7 made a huge difference for VMware based virtualization, and working with out of date server and guest OS components is begging for pain.

Have you read the old VMware knowledge base articles about getting the 5.0.7 boot floppy, which can be helpful,

>> I have converted the multiple vmdk disk files to a single file, then used
>> qemu-img convert to create files for libvirtd, both qcow2 and raw formats.
>> After many attempts to get this working I'm up against what appears to be a
>> brick wall.
>>  + The VMware VMs are using straight 'ide' HD emulation which has been
>>    working well for several years.
>>  + The 'ide' on libvirtd appears to map to SATA which isn't supported by
>>    OSR5.  I've tried doing a fresh install from CDROM, but the
>>    installation fails to find the hard disk.  I might be able to find the
>>    appropriate BTLD for this, but that won't help migrating existing VMs.
>>  + When I tried using 'scsi' libvirtd says this isn't supported.  This
>>    would be my preferred emulation as we have used SCSI drives since the
>>    early days of Xenix on Tandy hardware.
>>  + The final problem if these are solved is that SCO is funny about its
>>    drive geometry, and the current versions of libvirtd and qemu don't
>>    appear to support the <geometry> allowing one to specify heads,
>>    cylinders, etc.
>> Am I going to have to resort to using VMware workstation for this?
>> Bill
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