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quick hg-commands

### checkout testing for 3.1 (formally known as 3.0.5 but renamed)
hg clone    
### checkout unstable
hg clone
### update the unstable-tree
cd xen-unstable.hg; hg pull; hg update

howo add diskspace to paravirt-domUs

dom0> dd if=/dev/zero of=/mnt/storage/xen/diskfile bs=128M count=1 
#      xm block-attach <Domain> <BackDev>                         <FrontDev> <Mode> [BackDomain]
dom0>  xm block-attach 82       tap:aio:/mnt/storage/xen/diskfile sdd        w      0
dom0> ssh sles10
domU> cat /proc/partitions |tail -1 # now new space comes up
   8    48     131072 sdd
domU> mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdd # and is usable

howto setup linux in paravirt-domUs

  • see software-links on top of this site
  • domU with redhat/fedora: virt-manager, virt-install (part of redhat, fedora, centos)
  • domU with debian: debootstrap (part of knoppix, grml, debian)
  • domU fedora/redhat/suse paravirtualized install: boot xenified vmlinuz+initrd + install via network or cd/dvd
  • domU all OSs: install fully irtualized in HVM-xen or qemu/vmware, later upgrade with paravirt. kernel

howto setup other os in paravirt-domUs

  • FreeBSD: no luck in fedora7 with xen3.1
  • OpenSolaris: no luck yet on xen3.1.1 to boot up the available opensolaris-cds in a HVM-domU

howto set up tty-stuff for para-domU

  • vanilla 2.6.23: pass “console=hvc0” with the extra-parameter to the domU if you see nothing after booting
  • better solution/all else: pass “console=/dev/xvc0” to the domU
  • for interaction, login to the domU: passing “xencons=tty” is a dirty/fast way, more clean is to use /dev/xvc0 - but might also need eidts of /etc/securetty and /etc/inittab to make logins possible

filesystems/software for xen

  • pure blocks below multiple dom0-hosts: iSCSI (redhat and suse supported), ata over ethernet (aoe), san-luns, network block devices (nbd), enbd
  • over that something that lets multiple dom0 access the data on it without interfering: ocfs2+evms (suse supported), gfs(2)-clvm (redhat supported), drbd

running a windows-xp installation both on bare metal and under xen

  • this is from xen 3.0.4 times, stuff is easier now with xen >3.1
  • install windows-xp on the bare metal and run it later under xen (didnt work the other way around here), use FAT32 filesystem for easy handling
  • after booting setup-cd hit F5 until a menu appears and select 'standart pc'. Otherwise xen has problems running the installation later on (didnt shut down here properly, this setting is also required to be able to setup wixp under xen in the first place)
  • after installation create 2 new hardware-profiles: 'profile bare metal' for starting the installation on hardware, 'profile xen' for xen
  • on first start under xen new hardware gets discovered.
  • easy backups of the wixp-installation from linux:
 mount /dev/sda2 /mnt/tmp
 cat /dev/zero >/mnt/tmp/fillfile # if this stops with comment 'maximum filesize reached' create an other file like this with a different name
                                  # at some point the filesystem is filled up (out of space) and you are done here
 rm /mnt/tmp/fillfile*            # delete the files, the zeros remain and make gzips job of compressing easy
 gzip -3 </dev/sda2 >/mnt/lv_public/xen_sda2_wixpbackup.gz # do the actual backup.
  • the xen-configfile for the vm:
import os, re
arch = os.uname()[4]
if'64', arch):
    arch_libdir = 'lib64'
    arch_libdir = 'lib'
kernel = "/usr/lib/xen/boot/hvmloader"
memory = 1024
name = "HVMwixp"
vif = [ 'type=ioemu, bridge=xenbr0' ]
disk = [ 'phy:/dev/sda,hda,w', 'file:/mnt/lv_public/cdrom.iso,hdc:cdrom,r' ]
on_poweroff = 'destroy'
on_reboot   = 'restart'
on_crash    = 'preserve'
device_model = '/usr/' + arch_libdir + '/xen/bin/qemu-dm'


mount partitions of a domU with partitiontable from dom0

method 1:
  apt-get install multipath-tools # or whatever you distro uses. contains the kpartx-tool
  kpartx -av /path/to/domu_imagefile # creates a devnode for every partition under /dev/mapper
  mount /dev/mapper/loop4p1 /mnt/tmp # mounts the first partition

method 2:
  lomount -diskimage /mnt/storage/xen/xm64_gfs1 -partition 1 /mnt/tmp # does the same thing

method 3:
  fdisk -l -u /dev/vg1/lv1
  mount -o loop,offset=460615680 /dev/vg1/lv1p2 /mnt # or do a 'losetup -o ...' bevore

xennotes + examples

restrict outgoing traffic of a domU
vif = [ 'brigde=bridge0, rate=10MB/s' ]  # limit outgoing traffic to 10MB/second
rebuild domU-initrd with block-support
  • mkinitrd --with=xennet --preload=xenblk /boot/initrd_xen_2.6.18-1.2849 2.6.18-1.2849.fc6xen
compute mac predictable from hostname
  • MACADDR=“aa:00:$(echo $VHOSTNAME | md5sum | sed 's/^\(..\)\(..\)\(..\)\(..\).*$/\1:\2:\3:\4/')”
let a PV-domU see that its partitions growed
  • xm block-detach / xm block-attach # unchecked
connect the serial port of a box to a domU
growing sparse-files
  • dd if=/dev/zero of=domUimagefile bs=1 count=0 seek=9G # grow sparsefile to 9GB
  • perl -e 'truncate(“domUimagefile”, 9.*1024.*1024.*1024.)' # grow sparsefile to 9GB
xen-vm-config options for windows in a hvm for better input-handling
  • usb=1
  • usbdevice='tablet'
xen-vm-config options to enable the qemu-menu
  • monitor='yes' # its disabled by default because the user can read all files on dom0 that way
  • call it by pressing ctrl-alt-2
xen support for framebuffer of domU (starting with xen 3.0.4), notes by Mark Williamson
  you can run X within the guest directly.
  upgrade to 3.0.4, edit to change XENFB_TOOLS to =y and do a make-install tools.  This'll give you the dom0 components
    for accessing the framebuffer.
  compile a domU kernel with framebuffer support in (it's selectable in the kernel menuconfig).  If you want to be able to run virtual
    terminals on the framebuffer,

  you'd also need to select the generic Linux options for the framebuffer console.  I'd recommend you do this.
  domU: /etc/inittab S0:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty ttyS0
  domU: /etc/securetty or /etc/securettys (whichever you have)
  domU configfile: "xencons=ttyS0 console=ttyS0 video=xenfb"
  domU configfile: "vfb=['type=sdl']" to get a local display of the domain's framebuffer or vfb=['type=vnc']
    or "vfb=['type=vnc,vnclisten=ipaddr']"
several stuff
00:16:3e:xx:xx:xx IEEE range assigned to XenSource Inc
core2duo board multiplicatorfree: asus P5B Deluxe, P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP and P5W DH Deluxe starting with BIOS 1405
running Windows in HVM, get audio out of it with a sound server like pulseaudio.

An example debian-interfaces config entry for a bridge:
    auto xbr0
    iface xbr0 inet dhcp
        bridge_fd 0
        bridge_maxwait 0
        bridge_helo 0
        bridge_ports eth0

Manual creation of a simple bridge with enslaved eth0:
    brctl addbr xbr0
    ifconfig eth0 up
    brctl addif xbr0 eth0
    ifconfig xbr0 netmask

Advanced manual bridge:
    brctl addbr xbr0
    brctl setfd xbr0 0
    brctl sethello xbr0 0
    brctl stp xbr0 off
    ifconfig eth0 up
    brctl addif xbr0 eth0
    ifconfig xbr0 netmask
software/xen/documentation.txt · Last modified: 2021/03/23 12:22 (external edit)