How to dynamically attach a disk to running DomU in Xen?

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I want to attach a disk to a DomU. The Xen DomU is running and should not be rebooted. Hence, changing its configuration file is not an option. How to dynamically attach a disk to running DomU in Xen? To attach phy:vg_xen/vm-228-large to vm-228 as xvdb, run this on Dom0: # xl block-attach vm-228 phy:vg_xen/vm-228-large
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How to use LVM groups with libvirt

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libvirt uses files for VM images by default under /var/lib/libvirt/images/. LVM is a convenient tool for managing VM images. How to use LVM groups with libvirt? This post discusses the method to add LVM groups as a storage pool for libvirt: http://ailoo.net/2011/02/use-a-lvm-volume-group-with-libvirt/ For a general introduction of the storage management in libvirt, please check: http://libvirt.org/storage.html

Xen HVM DomU configuration file

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An example of Xen HVM DomU configuration file. An example for install the OS from an ISO: name=”10.0.1.235″ vcpus=2 memory=2048 shadow_memory=8 disk=[‘file:/lhome/xen/vm-10.0.1.235/vmdisk0,xvda,w’, ‘file:/lhome/Linux-x86_64-DVD.iso,xvdc:cdrom,r’] vif=[‘bridge=xenbr0′] kernel=’/usr/lib/xen/boot/hvmloader’ builder=’hvm’ device_model=’/usr/lib64/xen/bin/qemu-dm’ extra=” vnc=1 vnclisten=”0.0.0.0″ vncpasswd=’1234567′ # vncdisplay=1 vncconsole=1 on_reboot=’restart’ on_crash=’restart’ An example for run the VM after installation: name=”10.0.1.235″ vcpus=2 memory=2048 shadow_memory=8 disk=[‘file:/lhome/xen/vm-10.0.1.235/vmdisk0,xvda,w’] vif=[‘bridge=xenbr0′] kernel=’/usr/lib/xen/boot/hvmloader’ builder=’hvm’ device_model=’/usr/lib64/xen/bin/qemu-dm’ extra=” vnc=1
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How to attach and mount Xen DomU’s disk to Dom0

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How to attach and mount Xen DomU’s disk to Dom0 To attach phy:vg_xen/vm-10.1.1.228 to xvda on Domain-0: # xm block-attach Domain-0 phy:vg_xen/vm-10.1.1.228 xvda w Mount the new partition /dev/xvda2 to /mnt/xvda2: # mount /dev/xvda2 /mnt/xvda2 After finishing using the partition, umount it and detach it: # umount /mnt/xvda2/ # xm block-detach Domain-0 xvda

Windows 7 64-bit fails to install on VirtualBox / Linux with status code 0xc0000225

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Windows 7 64-bit fails to install on VirtualBox on Linux with status code 0xc0000225: “Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem: 1. insert your Windows installation disc and restart your computer. 2. Choose your language settings, and click “Next.” 3. Click “Repair your Computer”.
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How to Install Paravirtualized CentOS 7 DomU on Xen

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This post introduces how to install a paravirtualized CentOS 7 DomU on Xen. The very common way of installing DomU does not work for CentOS 7. A little trick to set the repository and the network used by the VM should be used by adding a setting strings to the “extra=” field for this VM.
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x-data-plane feature in QEMU/KVM

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Abstract In systems, sometimes, we use one global lock to keep synchronization among different threads. This principle also happens in QEMU/KVM (http://wiki.qemu.org/Main_Page) system. However, this may cause lock contention problem. The performance/scalability of whole system will be decreased. In order to solve this problem in QEMU/KVM, x-data-plane feature is designed/implemented, which the high-level idea is
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How to Create Fedora 20 Domain-U on Fedora 20 Domain-0

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In this post, creating a file-backed virtual block device (VBD) and installing Fedora 20 in the Xen DomU via internet will be introduced. This domain is created on a Fedora 20 Dom0 as introduced in https://www.systutorials.com/installing-xen-on-fedora-20-as-domain-0/. For better performance, you may consider using LVM backed VM. Create file-backed VBD The actual space of VBD will
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Installing Xen on Fedora 20 as Domain-0

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I ever introduced [[installing-xen-domain-0-on-fedora-17]] as the first try to use the xen package delivered from Fedora and get away from manually compiling Xen and patching the kernel. In this post, I introduce installing Xen Dom0 on Fedora 20. Installing Xen First, install the xen pacakges: # yum install xen The Linux kernel is already ready
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Directly SSH to Hosts’ Internal IPs Through the Gateway

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We have many hosts with internal/LAN IPs like 10.0.3.* behind a gateway and the hosts with LAN IPs can connect to the Internet through the gateway. We used iptables to forward port from the gateway to internal IPs so that users from hosts with Internet connections can SSH to the gateway’s forwarded port to log
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Java Calling Native Functions in .DLL on Windows

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How to call a function in .dll from Java on Windows is introduced in this post with an example. Platforms used: OS: Microsoft Windows XP [5.1.2600] C to .dll compiler: MS Visual Studio 2008 JDK: java -version java version “1.6.0_05” Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_05-b13) Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 10.0-b19, mixed mode, sharing)
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Script: Shutting Down All Xen VMs on a Server

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Shutting down servers is a common operations for managing a cluster. However, if this server is configured to a Xen Dom0 and has Xen VMs (DomUs), the VMs should be shutdown first to avoid data lost on these VMs. xm supports a -a option to shutdown all VMs: # xm shutdown -a Add the -w
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Installing Fedora 17 PV Domain-U on Xen with PXE Booting

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An introduction to the general method of installing Domain-U on Xen is introduced here: Setting Up Stable Xen DomU with Fedora: Unmodified Fedora 12 on top of Xenified Fedora 12 Dom0 with Xen (this is a general introduction, some details are changed, such as ‘xl’ replacing ‘xm’, LVM backing the disk for higher performance. But
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How to Install Xen on Fedora as Domain-0 (Fedora 17)

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The new development of Xen and Linux kernel make it easy to install Xen on Fedora as the Domain-0 now. This post uses Fedora 17 as an example platform to introduce how to set up Domain-0 on Fedora Linux. Compared to our old method (https://www.systutorials.com/setting-up-stable-xen-dom0-with-fedora-xen-3-4-3-with-xenified-linux-kernel-2-6-32-13-in-fedora-12/) which requires manually compiled Xen and patched kernel, the current
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How to Flush Linux File System Caches

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We may drop the file system caches on Linux to free up memory for applications. Kernels 2.6.16 and newer provide a mechanism via the /proc/ to make the kernel drop the page cache and/or inode and dentry caches on command. We can use this mechanism to free up the memory. However, this is a non-destructive
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