I’m stuck with a peculiar problem. I have CentOS
5.5 and Xen. I have numerous Windows 2003 guests and never had this
problem. An application requires SQL server 2008 which is requiring
Windows Server 2008. I downloaded the 2.8 Gig install DVD ISO. I
create a new guest and connect the ISO as hdc. The system starts and says
“Starting Windows” but hangs and no logo image appears.
I burned the same ISO to a disc and it worked fine in a
physical machine. I then changed my new Guest to boot a 2K3 image and
that worked fine, as well as a CentOS ISO worked fine. Back to the 2k8
ISO it hangs still at Starting Windows.
Luckily I find a ton of reference material on this via
posts like this seem to depict and describe the problem exactly.
I’ve found numerous others.
I also found others where the author stated he just tried changing the
system memory to random values and had success. I’ve tried
everything from 8 gigs down to 512, 8 CPU’s, down to 1 CPU and all the
They are all referencing the xe command to set params in Citrix
XenServer particularly this parameter “viridian=false”.
Most people seem to have good results by setting this, but I cannot
find an equivalent mention for non-Citrix XenServer like my CentOS5.
I have tried editing my /etc/xen/guest config file and adding viridian=0
at the bottom, but still hangs.
Looking here for help. Here is my config.
[root@xen1 ~]# cd /etc/xen
[root@xen1 xen]# cat sql
cat: sql: No such file or directory
[root@xen1 xen]# cat sql1
name = "sql1"
uuid = "3e45ca99-8661-69cb-3797-100edb049b77"
maxmem = 512
memory = 512
vcpus = 1
builder = "hvm"
kernel = "/usr/lib/xen/boot/hvmloader"
boot = "c"
pae = 1
acpi = 1
apic = 1
localtime = 0
device_model = "/usr/lib64/xen/bin/qemu-dm"
sdl = 0
vnc = 1
vncunused = 1
keymap = "en-us"
disk = [ "file:/var/lib/xen/images/sql.img,hda,w",
vif = [
parallel = "none"
serial = "pty"