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Old 05-01-2007, 10:55 AM   #1
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Location: St Albans, England
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Installing a xen virtual machine from CD media.

Hi all,

I've been experimenting with xen virtualisation. I've followed some examples using existing images and had moderate success: virtualising Ubuntu from an Ubuntu box works perfectly. SuSE, on the other hand, when virtualised from a preprepared image has serious problems. One such issue is a mixed up characterset causing the stdout to be displayed in unreadable symbols.

Is it possible to use a blank image and install a system to it from CD. I have tried a few methods without any joy, along these lines:

cat suse.img

kernel = "/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.16-xen"
ramdisk = "/boot/initrd.img-"
memory = 132
name = "SuSE"
vif = ['bridge=xenbr0']
disk = [ 'file:/opt/images/blank.img,ioemu:hda1,w' , 'file:/tmp/install-image.iso,hdc:cdrom,r' ]
#boot = 'cdrom'
ip = ""
netmask = ""
gateway = ""
hostmane = ""
root = "/dev/hda1 ro"
extra = "4"
with blank.img the result of

dd if=/dev/zero of=/opt/images/blank.img ibs=1024 count=5000000
and an openSuSE 10.0 cd image on /tmp/install-image.iso

the end of the console output when attempting to run this is:
Begin: Running /scripts/init-premount ...
fan: no version for "struct_module" found: kernel tainted.
ata_id[803]: main: HDIO_GET_IDENTITY failed for '/dev/.tmp-22-0'
Begin: Mounting root file system... ...
Begin: Running /scripts/local-top ...
Begin: Running /scripts/local-premount ...
mount: Mounting /dev/hda1 on /root failed: No such device
Begin: Running /scripts/local-bottom ...
Begin: Running /scripts/init-bottom ...
mount: Mounting /root/dev on /dev/.static/dev failed: No such file or directory
mount: Mounting /sys on /root/sys failed: No such file or directory
mount: Mounting /proc on /root/proc failed: No such file or directory
Target filesystem doesn't have /sbin/init

BusyBox v1.01 (Debian 1:1.01-4ubuntu3) Built-in shell (ash)
Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.

/bin/sh: can't access tty; job control turned off
I have tried various other ways (including using the hosts CD drive, /dev/hdc, as virtual machines cdrom).

Is this possible?

Any ideas how to accomplish it?


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