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Subject: [Xen-users] Debian 4.0 packaged Xen and running an unmodified Linux guest
From: Imran Chaudhry <imran.chaudhry@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 09 Feb 2009 17:50:16 +0000
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Hi all,

I have a Xen VMM based on version 3.0.3-1 running happily on Debian 4.0 "Etch". It is running several Debian domUs just fine.

What I would like to do is install and run a custom Linux distro, which I have as an ISO file, as an unmodified guest.

I've seen several HOWTOs for instructions but it seems I am missing several components such as the "device_model" file /xen/bin/qemu-dm and the kernel "/usr/lib/xen/boot/hvmloader". I am unsure where to source these from.

Has anyone done this with just the Debian Etch Xen packages? I'm happy for someone to tell me to hop onto the cluebus and read the docs but a pointer to which docs would be useful :)

This chap here appears to have has done it by compiling his own Xen but I would like to stick with the repository packages if I can: http://www.math.dartmouth.edu/~sarunas/xen_304_hvm_etch.html

Our Xen install info:

# xm info
host                   : xencore
release                : 2.6.18-4-xen-amd64
version                : #1 SMP Fri May 4 02:40:51 UTC 2007
machine                : x86_64
nr_cpus                : 4
nr_nodes               : 1
sockets_per_node       : 1
cores_per_socket       : 4
threads_per_core       : 1
cpu_mhz                : 2133
hw_caps                : bfebfbff:20100800:00000000:00000140:0000e3bd:00000000:00000001
total_memory           : 4095
free_memory            : 256
xen_major              : 3
xen_minor              : 0
xen_extra              : .3-1
xen_caps               : xen-3.0-x86_64 hvm-3.0-x86_32 hvm-3.0-x86_32p hvm-3.0-x86_64
xen_pagesize           : 4096
platform_params        : virt_start=0xffff800000000000
xen_changeset          : Tue Oct 17 22:09:52 2006 +0100
cc_compiler            : gcc version 4.1.2 20061115 (prerelease) (Debian 4.1.1-21)
cc_compile_by          : skx
cc_compile_domain      : debian.org
cc_compile_date        : Mon Oct 22 21:30:18 UTC 2007
xend_config_format     : 2

One other thing worth mentioning, the Xen dom0 kernel is "2.6.18-4-xen-amd64" and the system CPU is "model name : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           X3210  @ 2.13GHz" but does support the "vmx" flag. So a mix of AMD and Intel - is this anything to worry about?

Many thanks!

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