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Re: [Xen-users] Migrate existing Windows XP VirtualBox VM to Xen

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Subject: Re: [Xen-users] Migrate existing Windows XP VirtualBox VM to Xen
From: Felix Kuperjans <felix@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2010 23:00:03 +0200
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 Hi Juancho,

did you try setting acpi=1 and apic=1; I'm always using them with Windows XP, no idea whether VirtualBox is using it or not, but it could be the reason for this error.

When converting VMWare images, a usual problem is that VMWare uses SCSI for the primary device and Windows can't boot from IDE then, but in such cases you usually don't even see the Safeboot menu...

Hope this helps,

Am 13.09.2010 22:26, schrieb Juan Luis Baptiste:

I'm trying to migrate a VirtualBox virtual machine to Xen, but I
haven't been able to successfully boot it under xen (3.0.1 that comes
with CentOS 5.5). Thinking that the problem was converting the disk
format to a raw format, I tried converting the VDI disk with all these

VBoxManage internalcommands  converttoraw disk.vdi disk.raw

VBoxManage clonehd disk.vdi disk.raw --format RAW

and booting the VM with a live cd and doing a:

dd if=/dev/hda | ssh user@host 'cat>  disk.raw'

And using the following xen configuration:

name = "WindowsXP"
uuid = "071a2dca-e016-456e-8a5e-ea23033f1cb4"
maxmem = 768
memory = 768
vcpus = 1
builder = "hvm"
kernel = "/usr/lib/xen/boot/hvmloader"
boot = "c"
pae = 0
acpi = 0
apic = 0
localtime = 0
on_poweroff = "destroy"
on_reboot = "restart"
on_crash = "restart"
device_model = "/usr/lib64/xen/bin/qemu-dm"
usb = 1
usbdevice = "tablet"
sdl = 0
vnc = 1
vncunused = 1
keymap = "en-us"
disk = [ "file:/var/lib/xen/images/disk.raw,hda,w",
"file:/distros/windows/xp_sp3/winxp_sp3.iso,hdc:cdrom,r" ]
vif = [ "mac=00:16:36:75:32:52,bridge=xenbr0,script=vif-bridge" ]
parallel = "none"
serial = "pty"

But the result is always the same: the Xen guest starts but I get the
"Windows didn't shutdown correctly" menu, with the "safe mode" options
and the "start normally windows" option. Any of the two safe mode
options will make the xen guest stop and the start normally will
freeze the guest for some seconds and it will reboot later.

What could I be missing ? for what I have read over the internet it
should be that simple, convert the VDI disk to raw, setup a config
file liked the one I have and fire it up. Also most of topics found on
the internet related to this are more of installation instead of
migration, so I'm out of ideas now.



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