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Re: [Xen-users] Windows 7 as guest on a physikal disk

Thanks Joseph, I am one step further. The setting

    disk = [ 'phy:/dev/sda,hda,w' ]

will boot from the disk. Since there is grub, I can see
the grub menu in my vncviewer and I can choose Windows
(which was installed without xen). That works and Windows
is there.

But I would prefer to use

    disk = [ 'phy:/dev/sda1,hda,w' ]

as you suggested (using partition sda1 and not whole disk sda) but that gives me a
bios screen (VGABios) in the vncviewer saying in its last line

    Booting from Hard Disk....

but nothing happens.

Any ideas.

Thanks in advance


On 04/02/2012 09:33 PM, Joseph Glanville wrote:
On 3 April 2012 05:06, Ken Cobler<kcobler@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>  wrote:
Quoting Joseph Glanville<joseph.glanville@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:

On 2 April 2012 22:42, Ken Cobler<kcobler@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>  wrote:


I used dd to copy the physical device to a linux file.


Hi Ken,

thanks for the reply, I want to try that. How did you copy
the Windows from disk to file? Did you make a raw copy
using 'dd' or did you copy the files using 'cp' on the loop-mounted
file system?



On 03/22/2012 03:05 PM, Ken Cobler wrote:

Quoting Jens Krause<jens.krause@xxxxxxxx>:


I have an installed Windows 7 on one partition
and running Debain Squeeze on the other. Both are 64 bit.
I want to use Xen to run Windows as virtual guest from
a physical disk. Once I get this working the Window will
never be booted directly.

Did you install the Windows guest via Xen or did you install it baremetal?

I installed Windows guest via Xen.

Ken Cobler

First of all don't call xm create with -c, this will connect you to
the serial console which Windows is most definitely not listening on.

Second, can you connect to the guest via VNC as it's booting?
By the looks of it it is creating the guest successfully but then the
BIOS is timing out or something, probably no bootable device or
similar error.
You would have had to do this to get the guest installed so it should
still be working.

Lastly change your disk line to use a full path like thus:
disk = [ 'phy:/dev/sda1,hda,w' ]

I am not sure that it being a partition vs something else is going to
cause you issues or not. It really shouldn't though.


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