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Re: [Xen-users] Guest O/S Questions

> I have just recently discovered the XEN VMM and am trying to familiarize
> myself with it.  I'm a newbe at it, so bear with me.

No probs, here goes...

> I'd like to install an O/S onto a guest virtual machine.  Domain 0 is RHEL4
> on Xen 2.0.7.  My question is how I would go about installing from a set of
> distribution CD's (say RHEL4 or SUSE9) into a file-backed VMM.  Can anyone
> help me out with this?

Installing into a file-backed VBD from a distro CD is tricky.  If you really 
want to use the distro CD then the easiest thing is to install into a spare 
partition and use that as your virtual machine disk.  (it'll also perform 
better than a file-backed VBD)

Otherwise, debootstrap (Debian) and rpmstrap (works with Redhat, maybe Suse) 
may be worth looking at: just mount the loop file and use one of these 
programs to install into the directory.


> Thanks,
> Nick Couchman
> Systems Integrator
> SEAKR Engineering, Inc.
> 6221 South Racine Circle
> Centennial, CO 80111
> Main: (303) 790-8499
> Fax: (303) 790-8720
> Web: http://www.seakr.com

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