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The_Great_Sephiroth
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2016 6:22 pm    Post subject: XenServer revisited... Reply with quote

Alright, I have a client who is ready to buy two new servers for virtualization. We run XenServer as it seems to be the best bare-metal hypervisor out there. I tried building a Gentoo kernel which would run under Xen before and failed. I want to try again. If I cannot run Gentoo under Xen, I have to use Debian 7.8 so I don't get systemd, but then I have ancient software. I'd love to have a minimalistic server install with just Samba4, DHCP server, and BIND9 via Gentoo. I could then easily run an entire AD domain on Gentoo. Using NIS attributes would make a file-server via Gentoo cake. Probably the same for print services and CUPS.

So, who can help me get a kernel running inside Xen? I am not sure what options I need.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

96 views and no suggestions? Does nobody who uses Gentoo do virtualization? I cannot believe it is this difficult or foreign.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The_Great_Sephiroth wrote:
96 views and no suggestions? Does nobody who uses Gentoo do virtualization? I cannot believe it is this difficult or foreign.


Try "https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Xen".

Also see "https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/QEMU".

Don't know how good these wiki are. I use VirtualBox with multiple Linux and Windows guests at the same time.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read that article, but thanks for the link. Perhaps it can help another user. I too run VirtualBox with multiple guests. I have Mac OSX, Windows 7, Windows XP, and DOS/Win3.11 guests, as well as the occasional Linux guest. Gentoo seems to work in VBox though.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 4:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try to boot the current Gentoo installation CD. If it boots, install Gentoo with Genkernel. One up and running remove the unneeded drivers.

My "Cut & Paste" installation script for installing Gentoo as VirtualBox guest may also work after minor modifiction to fstab work when installing a Gento guest on XenServer.
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