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Fedora Core 6 Xen Virtualization Guide
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Installing the Xen Software

When doing a fresh install of Fedora Core 6, you can specify that Xen should be installed by selecting Xen in the Base Group in the installer.

If you already have a Fedora Core 6 system installed, you can install the Xen kernel and tools by running the following command:

  • # yum install kernel-xen xen virt-manager
    

This installs the required packages and their dependencies. 'kernel-xen' contains the Xen-enabled kernel for both the host and guest operating systems as well as the hypervisor. Also, the 'xen' package will be installed, which contains the user-space tools for interacting with the hypervisor.

Once this is done, there should be an entry in the file /boot/grub/grub.conf for booting the xen kernel. The xen kernel is not set as the default boot option.

To set GRUB to boot with kernel-xen by default, edit /boot/grub/grub.conf and set the default to the xen kernel:2

This is an example /boot/grub/grub.conf configured to boot into the Xen hypervisor:

  • default=1
    timeout=5
    splashimage=(hd0,0)/grub/splash.xpm.gz
    hiddenmenu
    title Fedora Core (2.6.18-1.2784.fc6)
            root (hd0,0)
            kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.18-1.2784.fc6 ro root=LABEL=/1 rhgb quiet
            initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.18-1.2784.fc6.img
    
    title Fedora Core (2.6.18-1.2784.fc6xen)
            root (hd0,0)
            kernel /boot/xen.gz-2.6.18-1.2784.fc6
            module /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.18-1.2784.fc6xen root=LABEL=/1
            module /boot/initrd-2.6.18-1.2784.fc6xen.img
    
    
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