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Re: [Xen-users] Basic question: Does Windows on Xen work now VT is here?

  • To: "Felix Oxley" <felix@xxxxxxxxx>, xen-users <xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • From: "David Goodlad" <dgoodlad@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2006 09:16:44 -0700
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On 4/28/06, Felix Oxley <felix@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

On 28 Apr 2006, at 22:26, David Goodlad wrote:

> On 4/27/06, Felix Oxley <felix@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Does Windows on Xen work (out-of-the-box) now VT is here?
> Works fine here
>> I have seen posts in the mailing list saying that it does, but also
>> posts saying that it works through RDP (??).
> RDP == Remote Desktop Protocol: Microsoft's VNC-like protocol.  Most
> people here use it for their Windows VMs because the VNC/SDL console
> support is rather slow.

Why is it necessary to use RDP/VNC?
I (foolishly?) envisaged that one could "alt tab" between OSes.

I'm not totally sure what you mean by alt-tabbing between OSes.  If
you mean do a complete switch over to windows and have it takeover all
your devices etc, this is not possible.  If you've ever run VMWare,
Qemu, or other virtualization/emulation packages, these provide a
similar interface to what Xen will provide.

You can set up an SDL console (a window pops up on your X display)
that displays whatever would be displayed on the VM's screen.  It's a
virtualized video card framebuffer, basically.  However, it's not the
fastest in the world, so I've found that setting up RDP after Windows
is installed is the best solution...


Dave Goodlad
dgoodlad@xxxxxxxxx or dave@xxxxxxxxxx

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