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[Xen-users] Re: XCP: disk2vhd -> xenconvert (to ovf) -> xe vm-import

ok, I was able to attach vhd files directly to vms, but not yet import
ovf files.
So, I can resume the question: is there some way to create a vm from ovf
file via xcp command line?


On 23-08-2011 02:04, Tom Lobato wrote:
>     Hi all,
>     I`m evaluating methods for nightly "snapshot" a physical win2003 to
> xcp vm.
>     I know it would be a lot easier and reliable just to to one convert
> one time and start to generate real vm snapshots, but at this time I
> cannot use this method.
>     I tested the sequence: disk2vdh -> xenconvert (to xcp), but a big
> deal of using this method is that xenconvert does not send only the .vhd
> file through the network, but all the disk size whose partition was
> converted. So, if my win2003 has a physical HD of 250GB and C: is on
> first partition of 10GB, the generated .vhd will have ~10GB, but
> xenconvert sends 250 GB via network to xcp server.
>     Well, with my scenario I cannot rely on this method and would be
> much faster if I could implement something like this:
>     - Use disk2vhd to extract C:
>     - Use Xenconvert to convert the .vhd to modified .vhd + .ovf
>     - Send modified .vhd + .ovf to xcp
>     - Use xe vm-import or others means to build the vm.
>     But as far as I could read and test, vm-import only accepts .xva.
>     I know that by default, vdi`s stores data using vhd format, on lvm2
> logical volumes. So, I`m playing with the chances for:
>     - Create the vdi with xe vdi-create.
>     - cat .vhd > /dev/VG.../created-volume...
>     - and finaly use the .ovf to create the vm, attaching the vdi to it.
>     Of course, all of it has to be via scripts (.bat and .sh).
>     Do you have hints about the viability of this method? Is it possible
> to create a vm from .ovf and cat or dd the .vhd to the logical volume?
>     Thank you,
>     Tom Lobato

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