Monday, 9 April 2012

Xen Part 12: Windows Guest Installation


Create a logical volume for Windows.

# lvcreate -L 50G -n winxp-disk xendomu

Create a Xen configuration file, specifying the location of your Windows installation media.

# vim /etc/xen/ace2x2

kernel = '/usr/lib/xen/boot/hvmloader'
device_model = '/usr/lib/xen/bin/qemu-dm'
builder = 'hvm'
memory  = '2048'
cdrom = 'file:/os/Windows XP/windowsxp.iso'
disk    = [ 'phy:/dev/xendomu/winxp-disk,hdc,w', 'file:/os/Windows XP/windowsxp.iso,hdb:cdrom,r' ]
name    = 'ace2x2'
vif  = [ 'bridge=guestbr' ]
boot='dc'  #CDROM=d, Disk=c.
vnc=1 # Can remove this after installation
vncviewer=1
on_poweroff = 'destroy'
on_reboot = 'restart'
on_crash = 'restart'

Start the domain, which should boot straight into the installation media.

# xen create /etc/xen/ace2x2
# xen vncviewer ace2x2

The Cursor Doesn't Track Mouse Movement Properly 

You'll probably find that the doesn't align with your mouse movement within the VNC window. You just need to add usbdevice = 'tablet' to your xen config file.

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