XEN and Dapper

MJang mike at mommabears.com
Thu Sep 14 20:45:14 UTC 2006

On Thu, 2006-09-14 at 12:58 -0700, Clint Tinsley wrote:
> > As soon as I try to start a DomU (WINXP): xm create winxp
> > 
> > everything freezes, no error messages, this needs a reboot.
> To my knowledge, WINXP will not run on XEN as a DomU or any other Domain.  I have heard that it will work when the new Intel chips that support an on chip virtualization architecture but until then, not going to work.

Quite right, there are three prerequisites for installing an unmodified
OS such as WinXP via Xen.

1) A CPU that supports VT (or AMD's SVM), per
2) A compatible motherboard
3) Support from the manufacturer, usually in a BIOS setting where you
can enable VT.

There are reports that the Xen developers have modified WinXP to work in
a paravirtualized environment, but licensing prevents them from
releasing it.


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