[CentOS] Re: Installing a new VM on a xen box.

James B. Byrne byrnejb at harte-lyne.ca
Thu Oct 9 14:31:09 UTC 2008

On Thu, October 9, 2008 09:47, James B. Byrne wrote:
> HW = HPQ DC7700 DuoCore 1.8GHz, 4 x 2GB RAM, 1 x 1TB SATA (AHCI)
> OS = CentOS-5.2 ix_64 (xen)
> I am experimenting with Xen and with virtual machines in general for the
> first time.  In consequence I have many questions.  However, the one that
> I wish answered at the moment is simple:
> Given a DVD containing the CentOS-5.2_Final (i386) distribution mounted at
> /media/CentOS_5.2_Final on Dom0, what argument do I pass to the "Install
> Media URL" argument of the "Create a new virtual system" wizard" to
> install the 32 bit version of CentOS-5.2 onto a vm called test-1?

Well, apparently you cannot do this at all for a paravitualized guest OS. 
One is required to build an installation tree for the guest OS on the host
dom0 and then use ftp or some similar protocol to access it, which
requires configuring vsftpd or apache.  And I also read that xen is now
out of favour with RedHat and that KVM, which does not apparently support
paravirtualization is the new kid on the block.  Does this mean that I
sould not bother with investigating xen?

In the meantime, since the link given in the VMM GUI help file for the
example installation tree is defunct can some kind soul point me to a
resource that describes how to build sucha thing from a CentOS-5.2 distro


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