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[Xen-users] XCP 1.5 beta and Gentoo

  • To: xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • From: "John F. Acree" <john@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2012 07:50:10 -0400
  • Delivery-date: Sat, 31 Mar 2012 11:51:34 +0000
  • List-id: Xen user discussion <xen-users.lists.xen.org>

Hi Everyone,

I am new to Xen, researching whether we can use it for internal development systems and server virtualization to replace our current solution.

Gentoo is the guest linux os that we use and I have been having some trouble getting a new Gentoo guest installed.

Everything works fine with XCP 1.1, I really like it. so I thought I would try the 1.5 beta. Here is the trouble I run into. Oh, I am using xencenter to create the virtual machines.

* Create a new virtual machine, select the other install media template.
* Select the gentoo-install-minimum-amd64 iso from iso repository.
* Leave everything else defaults
* Add 1 drive, 8gb.
* Uncheck the startup virtual machine checkbox on the last step of the wizard.(This is important due to some timing in the gentoo iso boot process, it tries to boot from disk if no user input received in 15 seconds and it would take longer then that for the console to refresh so I could intervene)
* Go to the console
* Click start this virtual machine
* When prompted, specify the gentoo kernel.

These steps work great with XCP 1.1, the OS detects it is running in a xenU environment, xvda is present. But when I try to repeat these steps with XCP 1.5beta, the cd can not be found and the boot process stops before it really gets started.

My solution was to install XCP 1.1, install the virtual machine, get it running with xvda, hvc0, etc. Then use the XCP 1.5 beta disk to upgrade the server. It worked, but I am hoping there is something I can adjust so I can setup another server and use 1.5 beta from the start. Another option is using a different linux os to get the boot started, and then going through the Gentoo install process. Again, an option I would like to avoid if possible.

Let me know if I am asking in the wrong place or if I overlooked some information in the archives. And if there is any more information I could provide that would be helpful.

Other then this issue, everything has been working nice. I expect there is still quite a learning curve to working with Xen.

John F. Acree
ideacode, Inc.
www.ideacode.com / (main) +1 919 341 5170 / (fax) +1 919 521 4100


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