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Re: [Xen-users] I'm looking for the right distribution to run Xen

Subject: Re: [Xen-users] I'm looking for the right distribution to run Xen
From: Thomas Goirand <thomas@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 04 Feb 2009 21:47:34 +0800
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Marc wrote:
> Hi,
> we'll start virtualization with Xen in our company and we're looking for the
> right distribution. The most important Servers in DomUs are working with a
> MS OS (Win2000/2003/2008). I've read something about to accelerate Windows
> with paravirtual drivers in some distributions. Other distributions have
> specific tools to install and support DomUs. And now I'm really confused.

You are mistaking. The drivers are to be installed in Windows, not in
the dom0. You shall use the GPLPV drivers (the URL has been written here
MANY times).

> I need a distribution to run fast and stable Windows Servers. It should be
> easy to do the daily administration job for an experienced Linux system
> administrator. The distribution should support the hardware in an HP
> ProLiant ML350 G5 (Intel Xeon) with Raid 5 and shouldn't waste hardware
> performance.
> Is there a distribution that fulfills these requirements?
> Thanks
> Marc

ANY distribution would do. Xen is just a modified Linux kernel, with a
layer on top of it (to make things simple). As in all distributions you
can make a custom kernel yourself, you can use ANY distribution. Your
problem is more to know if the current Xen compatible kernels can
support your hardware. Currently, Xen is available with the following
kernels version: 2.6.18, 2.6.26 (patch from Suse, also included in
Debian) and 2.6.27. Note that only kernel 2.6.18 is officially supported
by upstream currently, and that Xen dom0 support is said to be available
in the kernel.org kernels only in the next 2.6.29 (but nobody can tell
if this will happen or not for this version, it's just hopes that the
patches will be accepted).

I hope that helps.


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