[nSLUG] Virtulization Solution/Environment

derek mahoney derekmahoe at hotmail.com
Tue Dec 22 15:29:02 AST 2009

Excellent. Thank you for the response. I am aware of Virtualbox but was unaware that it could run headless the research I did made me think it was strictly GUI based. I may give that a try.

Also the KVM option is a great option as well. There seem to be so many options out there and I am somewhat weary on some of the terminology that some of it can be confusing. First I am going to try an update my BIOS to see if there is a unlock feature for the VT flag.

Thanks again for the feedback.  
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 11:13:54 -0400
From: wes902 at gmail.com
To: nslug at nslug.ns.ca
Subject: Re: [nSLUG] Virtulization Solution/Environment

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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