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Re: [Xen-users] Windows XP install doesn't complete after reboot

  • To: Seth H Perkins <sperkins@xxxxxxxxxxx>, xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • From: Suman K <kanugantisuman@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 2 Jul 2007 01:55:51 -0700 (PDT)
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I was searching all through the disk where in the
world virt-install is dumping its configuration. Ahh!! thanks a lot,
relief after 2 hrs of research. 
Suman Kanuganti
Linux Engineer
San Diego, CA 
- Powered by Linux

----- Original Message ----
From: Seth H Perkins <sperkins@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2007 3:16:03 PM
Subject: Re: [Xen-users] Windows XP install doesn't complete after reboot

Hi Pat,  (sorry for the format issue on the last post)

I was kicking myself with the same problem until 15 minutes ago.  I'm
assuming you're using the Virtual &nbspMachine Manager in Red Hat?  If so,
the configurations for your VM are actually stored in a database &nbsp with
the newer versions of Xen.  You need to get in there and make sure the
configuration retains &nbsp an entry for your cd drive or ISO in this case.

1.  At the prompt, type "virsh dumpxml [vm name] >diskfile.xml"
      (subsitute your domain / virtual machine's name for [vm name])
2.  Edit the xml file, I used "vi"
      "vi diskfile.xml"
3.  Add this to the config

     <disk type='file' device='cdrom'>
      <source file='/srv/xen/foo.iso'/>
      <target dev='hdc'/>
    Replace /srv/xen/food.iso with your own path to your iso

4.  Be sure to boot off the emulated cdrom (aka your iso), by checking
up-top that it says
     <boot dev='cdrom'/>
5.  save the config (in "vi"  it's ":w"  then ":q")
6.  Put the new config back in the database
     "virsh define diskfile.xml"
7.  Start your vm

Fingers crossed, you should do your install, reboot and be back into setup.

Let me know if this works.  I feel your pain.

Pat Allen wrote:
> I am running xen 3.0.3-25.0.3 on a HP Prolian DL365 (Two dual-core AMD
> Opteron processors with 10GB of RAM) and RHEL 5. I can install a para-virt
> RHEL5 guest just fine. I was able to install a Windows XP guest the other
> day after much work but I tried again today to document the process and
> can't duplicate the process. I've tried installing from both the CD and an
> ISO image and the same thing happens. The first phase of the install works
> OK (after I press F5 to select the standard PC) and the system reboots.
> Then, when I start up the guest again, the setup program will display a
> dialogue box indicating that it wants to copy files from
> GLOBALROOT\DEVICE\CDROM0\I386. I've tried working with the DISK line in
> the configuration file but I can't figure it out.  Does anybody have a
> solution?
> Thanks!

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