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Re: [Xen-users] Windows guest OS

To: Michael Brian Bentley <bentley@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [Xen-users] Windows guest OS
From: mark pryor <tlviewer@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 13 May 2007 21:41:53 -0700 (PDT)
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Michael Brian Bentley <bentley@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I have a Lenovo T60p set up to dual boot Windows xp and SuSE 10.2. I
installed Xen while installing SuSE 10.2. I'm at the point where when
I get the list of choices on what to boot the machine with, I also
see SuSE 10.2 [Xen]. What I want to do now is get the Windows xp
partition to boot as a Xen guest OS.

I haven't been able to find a concise document that describes an easy
process, but after surfing mailing list archives and the web for a
while, this is what I've found that comes closest:



These describe a...primitive...process. Do these capture the state of
the art, or have I missed something?


I don't know this if this hardware supports Virtualization, which I believe is needed to run Windows in full-V. What you want to do is para-V.

In para-V, the most important thing to realize is that with Grub as your bootloader your whole drive needs to be imported to your domU; further WinXP needs to be default in Grub or you will likely freeze when starting your domU.

If you want speed, then you might want to try a full-V (if your HW supports it) and skip para-V, which you will find is very slow.

I made a sparse file img for my NTFS drive and did full-V -- wow the speed difference is huge.


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