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RE: [Xen-users] How to install VM from CD?

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Subject: RE: [Xen-users] How to install VM from CD?
From: Stephen Spector <stephen.spector@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2010 05:04:10 -0400
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Thread-topic: [Xen-users] How to install VM from CD?

I installed Xen Cloud Platform (XCP) following the steps in the XCP Installation Guide. Next I want to install two VMs (SLES 10 and Windows Server 2003) to use as a testing platform for a product under development. 

The XCP Virtual Machine Installation Guide states that "The Windows VM can be installed either from an install CD in a physical CD-ROM on the Xen Cloud Platform host, or from an ISO image of your Windows media."   I would like to install from the install CD.  My question though is how?  I don't see a series of basic steps in the guide.  The guide earlier states that VMs are installed from templates.  So I installed the template for Windows Server 2003 SP2 using the XE tool:

xe vm-install new-name-label=<name> template-uuid=<uuid_of_desired_template>

If I issue xe vm-list I can see the template installed. It lists:

uuid (  RO)               :  1bd800c9-4ccf-a786-6436-a34a3eec108c
name-label      ( RW):  Windows Server 2003
power-state:    ( RO):   running

That seems well and good. But now I'm really stuck as to what the next step is to install the Windows Server 2003 from CD.  I've looked through all the xe VM commands in the Reference guide for clues which I'm sure are there and obvious to the more experienced of you out there. I'm new to this domain and have been asked to explore it by my team as a potential platform for our testing purposes.


Take a look at http://blog.xen.org/index.php/2010/03/19/xcp-tutorial-creation-of-a-windows-7-guest/ which has the instructions I used to install Win7 from a CD on XCP. Thanks.



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