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Re: [Xen-users] Need advice regarding distro

I had a lot of such problems i m not an expert user but by reading on
threads on this community and asking questions I learnt a lot I will
suggest you to use CentOS I have tested here 2 Dell Laptops and three
separate machines OpenSuse,Debian,Ubuntu Fedora and now CentOS .
My experience with CentOS is good for Xen since some or the other way
I got some sort of error on my machines right now I am still compiling
a Dom0 kernel along with Xen on Debian machine.
On my latest machine in spite of the errors CentOS was able to work.

On Tue, Dec 1, 2009 at 2:39 AM, Dana Rawding <dana@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I need some advice.  I have been running Xen under Ubuntu LTS 8.0.4 for about 
> 18 months.  The original install gave me the 2.6.24-19-xen kernel.
> There were a couple of updates and all my machines are currently running 
> 2.6.24-23-xen.  Since Ubuntu decided to go with KVM I imagine that there will 
> be no further updates.
> Recently I had read that in the future Remus is going to be added to the 
> kernel.  HA is very desirable for me as I have a number of HA web servers 
> that I handle with load balancing in front of virtualized images spread over 
> multiple servers.  The addition of synchronized failover images would be 
> huge!  So I started looking around at other distros that are going to 
> continue to support Xen.  I downloaded the latest OpenSuSE and installed on a 
> spare HP DL380.  I was able to get it up and running on 
>  After testing for a few days I decided to start upgrading my production 
> machines.
> To take a step back for a moment, my server farm consists of mostly HP DL380 
> G3's with 8 GB of RAM and dual 3.06 GHz Xeons.  I also have a couple of HP 
> DL580 with 32 GB RAM and Quad Xeons.  While this gear is not the latest and 
> greatest they are real workhorses and I have a lot of them.  They run mostly 
> mail, web, dns, etc.  No desktops or Windows so PV is fine.
> So I decided to upgrade one of the DL580's.  The install seems to go OK but 
> upon restart it continuously hangs when bringing up the BR1 interface.  I 
> installed the standard kernel and the interfaces come up fine.  Furthermore I 
> added an additional gigabit Broadcom based HP Ethernet card.  I got it 
> configured as eth2 and again it works fine with the non Xen kernel.  Even if 
> I disable the onboard eth1 and assign br1 to eth2 it continues to hang on 
> boot.  Frustrated after two days of messing around I installed SuSE on a 
> brand new IBM x3500 M2 w/ dual Xeon 2.66 GHz X5550 4C's.  Again the install 
> went fine.  However almost daily the box just completely hangs.  I can't seem 
> to find any log entries to figure out why this is happening.  I can create a 
> hang by just untarring a large file in either the DomU or a DomO.  Plenty of 
> memory and free processors so I don't know why it continues to die.
> As you can guess my current experience with SuSE has left a bad taste in my 
> mouth on both old and new hardware.  I was about to download Fedora and go it 
> again but before spending the time I thought I'd ask the opinion of the list 
> as to what they would do/recommend.  My gut tells me to just bit the bullet 
> and start compiling my own kernels and stay with Ubuntu.  Ideas, comments, 
> suggestions?
> Thanks,
> Dana
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