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Re: [opensuse-virtual] Problems with Xen-installation resp. configuration
  • From: "Andrew Foulsham" <andrew.foulsham@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 16 May 2008 17:12:33 +0100
  • Message-id: <482DC081.17645.173D890@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On 16 May 2008 at 16:58, gildo.rex@xxxxxx wrote:

Hi Andrew,

thanks for your answer!

I think that the problem you have encountered is that the single CD
of OpenSUSE 10.3 doesn't contain the paravirtualised kernel.

Do I get this right, that I cannot install a paravirtualized guest from the
CD, but I can install a Xen-Server from the CD?

That may be the case (I'm not certain of the detailed
technicalities), but I do know that although I have performed 1-CD
installs and then installed the xen kernel, any installations of
virtual machines needed to be performed using the DVD media. The good
news is that it doesn't need to be burnt to disk first! It's fine to
just point the installer to the DVD ISO image saved somewhere on the
local filesystem.

In my testing of Xen, I've got around this by using an ISO image of
the installation DVD, or (for a very convenient solution), I've set
up an installation server, which will allow you to use an HTTP
installation source for network installations. The instructions are
(although I have used a SLES machine as installation server on my
If you are using an installation source for Xen, you do not need to
use a mini installation CD (which would be needed to install on a
physical machine), you would just need to specify the network
installation source in the following format:
You would need to specify the appropriate hostname or IP address (of
course), and "install" is the directory alias that you specify during
the setup of the installation server. 10.3 is the source name of the
product, which you set up when loading the data from the ISO images -
don't forget the trailing /CD1 (it won't find the installation files
without it).
The only other thing to watch is that when creating an installation
source it will ask you to change CDs even if you have given it all
the files that it will need (perhaps from a DVD ISO image). When that
happens, just press cancel - the source will have been configured
I hope that helps,

Thanks for that detailed instruction, but as I am not am Linux-Expert and
that installation is just the way to my actual aim, I'd like to keep it as
simple as possible.
If I got everything right, it would help, if I'd just use the DVD instead of
the CD, right?

I hope that you get it to work for you - once it's all set up, the
Xen solution is very powerful (and does not require you to be a Linux

Best wishes,

Andrew Foulsham
IT Support Officer
Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, Oxford University
Tel.(direct) 01865 222618 andrew.foulsham@xxxxxxxxxxxx

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