Installing Ubuntu on Citrix XenServer is fine; but to get better performance it should be running paravirtualised (PV) instead of hardware virtualised (HVM - the default). Ubuntu isn't natively supported, so it needs a bit of manual work to achieve it.
I've put together a page on our wiki that details the steps needed to get it up and running in PV mode and get the XenServer tools installed (and running at start-up!).
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS paravirtualised on Citrix XenServer [Bishop Barrington IT Wiki]
If you spot any mistakes please correct me.
I had thought about going Debian too, but prefer the LTS versions of Ubuntu for simplicity and duration of updates, as well as "harmonising" all our Linux servers to one distro.
Thanks for that howto - I was able to install Lucid (64bit) in PV-mode.
Everything works fine, except the console.
It shows as expected:
But it doesn't accept any keystrokes in XenCenter.Code:Ubuntu 10.04 LTS ubuntu64tpl hvc0 ubuntu64tpl login:
Has anybody a solution?
[UDATE] REstarting XenCenter worked for me.
Last edited by vonObelix; 20th July 2010 at 05:05 PM. Reason: update
dhicks (20th July 2010)
UPDATE: If you're now running XenServer 5.6 like we are, I discovered a post explaining a much simpler method using templates. Download a bash script to the pool master, run it to generate the template, and then create your VM from it. It's a netinst version (so will use the Internet) so I'd recommend changing the mirror to gb.archive.ubuntu.net. All the PV mode stuff and XenServer Tools just work - no messing around with config files at all.
Installing Ubuntu Server 10.04 (32bit and 64bit) LTS » XenServer - Citrix Community
dhicks (23rd February 2011)
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