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XenServer - Linux Based but not always liking Linux Virtual Machines

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by , 8th December 2010 at 04:44 PM (5465 Views)
We've had a XenServer running since last year, and have been impressed so much that we introduced another one this year and both hosts have some eight Windows based servers sitting on them.

I've got a small Linux server running on an old workstation that hosts the Xibo Signage System and also looks after LimeSurveys as well running on Ubuntu. My plan was to move this to another VM on the newer host as it has more than enough capacity.

It would seem that only certain distros of Linux are supported on XenServer, primarily those being paid for enterprise flavours. CentOS is as well, but I've struggled with CentOS a bit recently setting up Asterisk and always like tinkering with Ubuntu. Needless to say I've had a bit of a mare getting something working on this host, but today I finally cracked it. I've got an optimized Ubuntu 10.04LTS 64Bit Virtual Machine up and running at last.

Found this article which helped me get Ubuntu installed over the internet on the Host. However, not much help if your behind a proxy as the Host can't get through to download the files, but after some digging found this which details how to add your proxy details to the host machine so it'll access the internet!

Hope it helps somebody else.



  1. evil-tom's Avatar
    I've been deploying Windows 2003, SLES, PGP Universal Server (a Red Hat variant) and NetWare on Xen. Both in the fully and para-virtualised modes. It's not difficult to deal with, and we've been quite happy with it.

    There is some documentation on how to make proper fail-overs from one Xen host to another, but I've found that the SuSE documentation and instructions are easier than the CentOS and Ubuntu ones to get hold of. It's part of "Enterprise" I suppose rather than the d-i-y guides that sometimes come out of the other stables. I know we have to pay for SuSE and Red Hat, but the extra enterprise parts are in my view worth paying for, partially because of the more considered release and support cycles.


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