Xen on Edgy

Matthew Kuiken matt.kuiken at verizon.net
Wed Nov 15 02:13:20 UTC 2006

Jef Driesen wrote:
> Mario Vukelic wrote:
>> On Mon, 2006-11-13 at 11:39 +0100, Jef Driesen wrote:
>>> I understood that if you have a dualboot (windows/linux) and want to run 
>>> the existing windows installation inside a virtual machine on linux, you 
>>> need to create a new virtual machine and specify the already existing 
>>> physical windows partition as the disk image (rather than a true vmware 
>>> disk image). And I believe this is exactly what a raw disks means. But I 
>>> could be wrong of course.
>> This is also what I understand. However I can't follow you from here to
>> your original statement which was,
>> "Has anyone tested this? Because on one of those pages [1], I read 
>> Windows XP is not support.
>> [1] http://www.vmware.com/support/ws45/doc/disks_dualboot_ws.html "
> I should have written "running Windows XP as guest from a raw disk is 
> not supported" there. But since I posted this to the ubuntu list, I 
> thought it was obvious I wanted to run Windows XP as guest on a Ubuntu host.
> But it's still confusing to me. After they write this type of 
> configuration is not supported, they still show how to do it anyway...

I believe that what they mean when they say "not supported" is that if 
it crashes, they are not going to worry about fixing it.  Probably 
similar to the standard "NTFS write operations are not supported, don't 
use it in critical applications."

I am not certain about this, and I agree that the wording they use there 
is confusing.


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