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Re: [Xen-users] Windows PV drivers

  • To: xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • From: Éliás Tamás <et@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jan 2017 10:32:43 +0100
  • Delivery-date: Sun, 08 Jan 2017 09:34:20 +0000
  • List-id: Xen user discussion <xen-users.lists.xen.org>


> Should I start over? (I have a LV snapshot I can revert to...)
> If I start over, how should I proceed?
> a) Remove all GPLPV drivers
> b) reboot
> c) Install all 8.1.0 version of drivers
> d) reboot

Yes, start over would be necessary in this case.

> Or skip B, or something else?

Please check the mail list archives, there had been a .bat file posted
which completely removes the leftovers of GPLPV (the nomal unisntall
procedure keeps a lot of stuff).

After that, shutdown. Do not use PVH or stubdomains (modify your cfg):
disable networking.

Put all the new 8.1 drivers on a separate small disk, and add it to your vm.

When it boots up in normal mode, with windows drivers (if it fails to
boot, a windows repair is necesary), then access the small drive and
install all the drivers.

Then revert your config to use networking and also to use
PVH/STUBDOMAINS (if you have used it).

Then it should boot up.

> Thank you again for your help.
> Regards,
> Adam
>>>> However, as a personal experience, I recommend for you to wait till the
>>>> final release of
>>>> https://xenbits.xen.org/pvdrivers/win/8.2.0/
>>>> (logo testing is just done, so we can expect the signed version withi
>>>> 1-2 months hopefully)
>>> Do you mean because it is easier to install, or because it is more
>>> stable (fixes some bugs in 8.1.0)?
>> It is installed absolutely the same way, it has just a more mature more
>> compatible and generally better codebase.
>>> Is it possible to simply install the current version of 8.2.0, and then
>>> update when the final release is done?
>> It is, but currently those drivers are not signed, which menas, you have
>> to enable testsigning if you want them to work. (BCDEDIT.EXE
>>> Regards,
>>> Adam
>>>> 2017-01-04 14:26 keltezéssel, Adam Goryachev írta:
>>>>> Hi all,
>>>>> I'm in the process of upgrading from xen 4.1 to xen 4.4 and have a
>>>>> number of windows domU's running Windows Server 2012R2 with one of the
>>>>> ejb versions of the GPLPV drivers installed.
>>>>> Can anyone advise which are the best drivers to install for production
>>>>> use today, and how they went about installing them?
>>>>> So far, I've managed to boot my testing domU under 4.4, but I can't
>>>>> install the drivers form
>>>>> https://xenproject.org/downloads/windows-pv-drivers.html even after
>>>>> installing the certificate.
>>>>> I would prefer to use debian testing, but would I perhaps be better
>>>>> off
>>>>> switching to XenServer and using the XenServer version of the PV
>>>>> drivers? Or can I use the XenServer version of the drivers with plain
>>>>> debian + xen?
>>>>> Would appreciate any advice from others who have managed to get
>>>>> this to
>>>>> work well, especially in a production environment.
>>>>> Regards,
>>>>> Adam


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