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Old 05-27-2009, 05:14 PM   #1
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Grub and Xen

I am not a very Linux oriented guy, I just have never needed it but now I do.
My job wants me to start setting up a Xen Hypervisor server to start dishing out vitual machines, and I have no clue how to do it =p but it will be fun to figure out I am sure. I am going through the set up intructions and I need to have Grub Multiboot loader. I have used grub before but I have never had to install it I found this

but I still dont get it, I am not sure how to turn my tarbal into a cd that will boot Grub up so I can start setting up the Xen Hypervisor.

I am a noob, I have not gone too far below the GUI's I have done a little bit of C++ and that's it so be easy on me.

Basically I want to get Grub running on my HD
Old 05-27-2009, 05:39 PM   #2
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I think you've just read some overly complicated docs somewhere, you don't need to care about anything here at all. Just pick your distro that you wish to run Xen on, e.g. redhat, CentOS etc... and install it with Xen as an optional extra. Tiny details like your bootloader will be automatically taken care of.
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What distro will you be using? Most of them have grub as a boot loader so you don't need to install it... it's there!

If you are going to install the Dom0 on Debian, all you need is to pull the Xen packages and Debian will modify the grub entry to boot on the "Xen kernel".

You might also want to have a look at kvm.

Hope this helps a bit.
Old 05-27-2009, 05:50 PM   #4
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So maybe my understanding of Xen is skewed, I was under the impresion that Xen IS the OS, and that windows or linux would be the VM created over the Hypervisor?

I will show you what I was looking at

Chapter 2

Looking over I am geussing that it wants a version of linux that has those features, not stand alone systems,
I was thinking I set up grub and run Iproute2 and the Bride utilities seperate, but that would make no sence since there is no OS haha... So I install Linux First then I geuss

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Old 05-27-2009, 06:20 PM   #5
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Xen kernels are simply (!) a version designed to support virtulization, so various distros, such as RH and CentOS mentioned above, offer xen versions of their kernels for those that want them.


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