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Re: [Xen-users] testing VMware inside an HVM

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Subject: Re: [Xen-users] testing VMware inside an HVM
From: Scott Serr <serrs@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2007 10:56:16 -0600
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Scott Serr wrote:
> <snip>
> Almost starts but gives this error...  "You are running VMware
> Workstation via the Xen hypervisor which is known to be incompatible
> with VMware Workstation.  You may not power on a virtual machine until
> this hypervisor is disabled."
> Interesting...  It's almost as if...  there might be a way to bypass
> this and bleed.  Set an env variable?
> Has anyone had better luck?  By the wording I wonder if an older version
> of VMware Player or Workstation would try to work.

Since I've found that my Intel -VT processor doesn't virtualize real
mode...  and real mode is used with ISOLINUX boot splash menus... What
are my options for being able to do real mode with a Xen hypervisor? 
Qemu?  Bochs?  Others?

I need this for two reasons, stemming from using all this more as a

1. To colaborate with people on projects that need the entire "real
hardware" boot process.
2. To install Linux distros that use fancy ISOLINUX, without shuting
down my machine and booting a normal kernel just to run something like

Senario:  Oh, I want to try out Gutsy Gibbon in an HVM...   Ooops, let
me first shutdown 5 Xen VMs and reboot into a "normal" kernel to do the
install, then I can convert it to a Xen HVM.

This is just painful.  (wish I had an AMD)  Is their a work around?


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