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Old 5th November 2007, 19:49
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Originally Posted by Kai
Hi all,

I am trying to make myself a home server sonsisting of multiple Xen VMs for different purposes.
But before I get to the point I can have some fun configureing the VMs I need to create them first, and thats where I am stuck.

I installed Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop on my server (since I didnt get the GUI working on the server edition) and is now fiddling with the xen-tools.

And I thought this howto wouldnt be far off my set up, but its not working

I followd the instruction (with some modifications) and the xen-create-image command halts on "Installation method: debootstrap", I can hear some disk activity for some seconds and I see some blinking on the NIC but after maby a minute the keyboard stops working and the mouse poniter gets really sluggish and nothing else works so I have to hard reboot the system.

Here is my create command:
xen-create-image --hostname=foo --size=4Gb --swap=256Mb --ide \
--dhcp --force \
--dir=/vserver --memory=256Mb --arch=i386 --kernel=/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.22-14-xen \
--initrd=/boot/initrd.img-2.6.22-14-xen --debootstrap --dist=gutsy \
--mirror= --passwd

I might have made one mistake though, I tried to do it myself before I looked up the howto and installed the ubuntu-xen-desktop package instead of the server one in the guide. But from what I can tell its the same thing with added GUI stuff.
I've just written a guide for Ubuntu 7.10:
but it isn't much different that the 7.04 guide, so that should work, too.
Did you take a look at your logs? Maybe you don't have enough RAM or hard disk space?

Originally Posted by Kai
Another thing I am not sure of is that the server is directly connected to my cable modem with DHCP since I dont have a router (wich will be the first task I will give this box). And since the host system is also using DHCP with only one address available, I am not sure how Xen responds to this. I tried to set the main interface to before I ran the create command but there was no progress.
If your modem has a DHCP server, then it is already a router.
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