[nSLUG] Virtulization Solution/Environment

Paul B wes902 at gmail.com
Tue Dec 22 11:13:54 AST 2009

As you mentioned your process seems to be supported with the VT flag (see:
http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=27516 ). And you really need to find
out if its a BIOS option or you require a BIOS update (via IBM's website) to
enable the support. Xen will not run the Windows install until the hardware
paravirtualization is working (VT flag).

If your playing around with CentOS you should look into KVM which is picked
up as the default in 5.4 of CentOS/Redhat EL. It's slowly starting to
replace Xen hypervisor and it will probably work well for you.

On Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 10:59 AM, derek mahoney <derekmahoe at hotmail.com>wrote:

> I then reinstalled CentOS 5 with Xen virtualization. Easy to install and
> setup of vm's can be done via command line (which is cool) However when I
> went about trying to create A windows XP virtual machine, I had some more
> trouble. It seems that it wanted to create it as a paravirtulized machine,
> which I am not too familiar with, and because of that, I am unable to
> install from CD or an ISO image. It seems the only option I have is from
> http/ftp/ or nfs. and for the most part it seems its more geared towards
> installing Linux virtual machines instead of Windows VM's. It also said I
> needed to have VT-x enabled from BIOS for my processor to run it as a true
> virtual machine (not paravirtulized). I did some research in to this as well
> and my processor does support it, i just have to figure out how to turn it
> on if not already. I checked the bios and didn't see any reference/option
> for it. I am going to try tonight when I go home to see if it's enabled or
> not.
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