Paravirtualization for dummies?
The latest versions of CentOS and some other distros support Xen. I'm interested in installing Mandriva, SUSE, or Mepis as virtual machines under say CentOS running as ring zero under Xen. Unfortunately, the installation scripts for these all seem to give two options (or maybe I am simply too clueless to recognize additional options):
1. "takeover installation" to the one and only hard drive,
2. "dual boot installation" with Windows (but not with another linux).
I think that to install any of these as virtual machines under Qemu I need an iso image. Fine, but what about Xen? Has anyone installed virtual machines running some brand of linux under Xen on a desktop? Is this too hard for virtually clueless linux users?
Do I understand the first part of the process correctly? Install CentOS desktop (taking over the hard drive), then install Xen, technically making CentOS the ring zero running over the hypervisor, then (this is where I get lost) install one or two virtual machines possibly running a different OS?
(I've been using linux for years on a desktop computer, but apparently I have learned very little about installing linux without using someone else's canned script!)
Last edited by Peufelon; 06-10-2008 at 04:44 PM.