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Re: [Xen-users] [xen4.4] DomU Windows server HVM with xen-tools xl create

Yes I am French. I saw your post on ubuntu-fr. So welcome to Xen world :)

That should be a pretty long message so take a coffee and read it entirely. I will make errors here while writting :)

Let do everything step by step hoping to reply to all your questions. Here is the plan

0) Did you have a good PC for Xen? I will try to reply
1) about PV domU and xen-create-image
2) about HVM domU
3) to reply to your mail

PV domU? HVM domU? (This is my own point of view!)
* PV domU: xen-create-image installs only a simple base Ubuntu machine (no desktop :) ). You have to install it yourself. Typically PV domU are usefull it you want a machine dedicated for a server only like a Web Server, a FTP server etc....
A graphical desktop can be installed by you have to do it yourself. You can access this throuhg a console (see #1 below).

* HVM domU: Usefull for desktop. But you have to do the installation yourself from an ISO :( . To improve performance you need to be sure that your CPU has the expected features for this. 

0) Your CPU is Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4590 CPU @ 3.30GHz

If you have a look at

Then you will see

Technologie de virtualisation Intel (VT-x)     Yes

Technologie de virtualisation Intel pour les E/S rÃpartis (VT-d)       Yes

So it means that you are lucky your CPU is good for Xen :). That is the first good new.

In human language

Vt-x means that you should be able to set up HVM domU (you should get good performance)

Vt-d means that you should be able to access real "parts" of your PC through your HVM domU. By "parts" I mean graphical card, usb etc....I will not explain this here

Now you have to check if your MB is OK.

Your MB is H97M-G43(MS-7924)

Virtualization is available for this MB :) . You have to check if it is available in your current BIOS version

- Boot your PC
- Go to your BIOS by pressing a button (here I can't tell you which one)
-  Try to find "virtualization". If there is something about "virtualization" then enable it.
- Reboot your PC.

If you don't find anything in your BIOS then it just means that you are currently using a BIOS version without this feature. But it does not mean that your MB didn't support it. It just means that you have to upgrade your own BIOS version.
The only way to know it is to go on the manufacture of your MB and to check which one is available with "virtualization".

I will not explain here how to upgrade a BIOS for Linux (it should take another mail if needed! )

IMPORTANT NOTICE BEFORE GOING AHEAD :  Don't try any command that you find on internet about

grep 'vmx '/proc/cpuinfo'.

Because if you boot your PC on a kernel with Xen then grep command above will return nothing. Check it yourself by doing steps below. Command above will work only but a kernel booted without Xen if "virtualization" is enabled in your BIOS.

1) For your post on ubuntu-fr xen-create-image will only set up a new PV domU . That's all. So there is no graphical server. You have to install it yourself.

xen-create-image installs only a simple available domU (= no graphical desktop)

When you start your PV domU to get the console (add -c option)

xl create /path/to/your/configuration/file -c

Then you will be on the PV domU console. If SSH is not installed then install it (sudo apt-get install openssh-server).  After that you should be able to log through SSH.

To log out from the console, press ""shift" + "5" ("5" from button where there is both "(" and "5" character not the pad number)

Later you should be able to SSH on your PV domU and you should be able to install a X server plus KDE or LXDE etc. So you have to do this yourself.

2) For HVM and only for HVM

Since you set 'vnc=1' in your configuration file and since you have LXDE on your dom0 start by installing vncviewer. Ok let me explain :)

vnc=1 means that your domU will start with VNC available so you shoul be able to access GRAPHICALLY to your domU through any vnc client. You just need a VNC client on your dom0

a) sudo apt-get install xtightvncviewer

That should install vncviewer. This is a VNC client. This one should be usefull

b) Update your configuration file for HVM domU to point to a Ubuntu iso for installation.  I am speaking here about the line 'file:/path/to/your/iso,xvdc:cdrom,r''. If you don't have a Ubuntu iso then download one

c) Start your domU (xl create /path/to/your/configuration/file)

e) Open  a Linux terminal and run

vncviewer IP_of_your_dom0

You should be able to see your graphical Ubuntu domU and do a normal installation

3) It is doable to acces a HVM domU when it is not started so you can copy/move files on one of the devices used by this domU. This is doable since you are using LVM. To do this you need to install kpartx (But here please be carefull since your experience with LVM is quite new if you do something wrong that it can break your system)

sudo apt-get install kpartx

kpartx -va /dev/vg/mydomU

(-v and -a options will list all "parts" inside the disk used for volume /dev/vg/domU)

You should get something like as output


You just need to use command 'mount' to mount one  of the devices you need

mount ....
Once it is done then umount and

kpartx -vd /dev/vg/mydomU

De : "estebann@xxxxxxxxx" <estebann@xxxxxxxxx>
à: David TECHER <davidtecher@xxxxxxxx>; Ian Campbell <ian.campbell@xxxxxxxxxx>; "xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Envoyà le : Lundi 12 octobre 2015 20h05
Objet : Re: [Xen-users] [xen4.4] DomU Windows server HVM with xen-tools xl create

dom tt depends
french isn't it :) ?

"'xl console' are for PV domU not for  HVM domU."
ah ok I had not seen this difference.

My Xen host config (new PC) :
- MB : H97M-G43(MS-7924)
- CPU : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4590 CPU @ 3.30GHz
- Dom0 OS : Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64 bits with LXDE desktop manager and X server
- Xen : 4.4.2

And my old remote PC. I use Remmina tool to access graphicaly to Dom0 and SSH to administrate Dom0.

I want accessing DomU VM in the same way.

I just found this, but it implies that I can access inside the DomU VM :

Le 12/10/2015 17:06, David TECHER a Ãcrit :

'xl console' are for PV domU not for  HVM domU.

To get graphical acces to a HVM dom tt depends if you set up a X server on your dom0 or not  ( X server with KDE, Gnome or whatever you want). There are two cases

1)  No X server on dom0

The VNC commands (= GUI access) should not be used on the dom0 itself but  on a remote PC through your own network.

In a nutshell install a VNC client on a remote PC (not the dom 0). 

If your remote PC is Ubuntu with (a X server installed of course) then install vncviewer. After than on the remote PC

vncviewer hostname_of_your_dom0


vncviewer IP_of_your_dom_0

You should be able to access graphically your new HVM domU.

2) X server on your dom0

Install vncviewer and run the same commands as above

De :
"estebann@xxxxxxxxx" <estebann@xxxxxxxxx>
à: Ian Campbell <ian.campbell@xxxxxxxxxx>; xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Envoyà le : Lundi 12 octobre 2015 13h57
Objet : Re: [Xen-users] [xen4.4] DomU Windows server HVM with xen-tools xl create

Ok, it is confusing... I will try to clarify.

When following tutorials I managed to run PV DomU guest (successfull
tests with Ubuntu, Debian), but for this moment I did not managed to run
HVM DomU guest (no Windows and no Ubuntu). So in the first time, I
suspected a CPU incompatibility but this is not the case.

So, I can create an Ubuntu HVM DomU, but a simple terminal access, shows
me that is does not work completely.

root@lnj-ubu64:/home/lnj# xl -vvv vncconsole xen-domu-ubuntu
command not implemented
xc: debug: hypercall buffer: total allocations:6 total releases:6
xc: debug: hypercall buffer: current allocations:0 maximum allocations:1
xc: debug: hypercall buffer: cache current size:1
xc: debug: hypercall buffer: cache hits:5 misses:1 toobig:0

I have no 'vncconsole' parameter in xl tool. Wrong version ?

Le 12/10/2015 13:02, Ian Campbell a Ãcrit :
> On Mon, 2015-10-12 at 12:55 +0200, estebann@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
>> [...]
>> So, because Windows HVM did not work, I wanted first to attest that
>> Ubuntu HVM DomU with graphical access, works. But that is not the case
>> neither.
> If you want serial (AKA xl console) from Ubuntu I think that would need
> manually configuring too. Since you mention Ubuntu graphical and are aiming
> for Windows I'll ignore that possibility though.
>> "xl console gets you access to the virtual serial device. I don't think
>> Windows would attach anything to that at least not by default. Try
>> connecting to the VNC and you should see the Windows GUI. "
>> OK for Windows but for Ubuntu graphical access this will work, no ?
>> With VNC this do not work neither !
> Please can you give details of what goes wrong.
> The output of:
> xl -vvv vncconsole <domain>
> Would likely be useful.
> Ian.

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