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Re: [Xen-users] [XCP] Install to Flash Media

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  • Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2012 13:19:26 -0600
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I like using SSD drives for boot drives in each XCP blade.  It is flash
media, but uses a SATA connection and requires a drive bay.  Boots very

If you don't have room for a drive in your chassis, you could try using a
SATA DOM (disk on module).

I don't store any VM images on the local drives, though.  I use ZFS based
NFS targets for storing all of the VMs.

-----Original Message-----
From: xen-users-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:xen-users-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Nick Couchman
Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2012 10:19 AM
To: xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [Xen-users] [XCP] Install to Flash Media

Well, now that I've figured out that network booting XCP is not really
going to be feasible, I'm moving on to my next option: flash media
installation.  The systems that I purchased have SDHC slots on them, so
I figured I'd attempt to install XCP to one of these cards.  I had
already read that there's a minimum disk size in the installer
(apparently 12 GB in XCP) and so have factored in that.  However,
whenever I try to install I get an error message that the "Partition
size in sectors is negative."  Any ideas on this one?  Any better way to
install to flash media?  I suppose I could go ahead and do the install
to a regular HD, then use a rescue system and dd to grab an image of the
system partition, then transfer it to the flash media.  Any other
possible paths?  Anyone running XCP or XenServer off SDHC or other
flash-based media?

Thanks - Nick

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