XEN how do i install guest OS from ISO or CD-ROM

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  1. The General

    The General New Member

    can anyone please tell me in plain terms how i can install a guest machine from an ISO or CD-ROM with xen using the command line not the GUI. I am trying to install smoothwall into a virtual machine, but im a newbie to XEN and i need to get this running ASAP!

    I have managed to get vm running wth ISPCONFIG running on it with no problems, but this does'nt require a ISO or CD-ROM image as i can unpack the *.tar on the VM.....

    Please help !!:confused:
     
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2008
  2. planet_fox

    planet_fox New Member

    I have a near problem :) How can I Install of ubunto host a debian or fedora with create image?

    Must I only change the mirror? than I think its the same with iso cd, when i have a iso cd or dvd i must write in mirror this

    Code:
    xen-create-image --hostname=xen1.example.com --size=2Gb --swap=256Mb --ide \
    --ip=192.168.0.101 --netmask=255.255.255.0 --gateway=192.168.0.1 --force \
    --dir=/home/xen --memory=64Mb --arch=i386 --kernel=/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-16-xen \
    --initrd=/boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-16-xen --install-method=debootstrap --dist=hardy \
    --mirror=http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ --passwd
    Must I only change the mirror? than I think its the same with iso cd, when i have a iso cd or dvd i must write in mirror this

    Code:
    --mirror=/media/dvd/debian.iso
    and
    Code:
    --dist=etch
     
  3. The General

    The General New Member

    there must be a simple way. It is such a common form of system install method (ISO/DVD/CD-ROM) that it must be something simple, as in "a few changes to the .conf file of something???? it should be made easier to accomplish....... or maybe it is easy! perhaps some GURU will tell us!
     
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2008
  4. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    I don't know if this is possible. I've always used debootstrap or xen-tools...
     
  5. The General

    The General New Member

    I thought you might say that Falko! i have been searching forums far and wide, checking out books on XEN as well and there is nothing said about these methods of install. Fedora offer a ISO/CD-ROM method of install with it's "virtual machine manager" how they work it god only knows!LOL

    What about doing a convertion ISO > tar is that a possibility? I have seen plenty of stuff about installing .tar files if that was the case then installing ISO/DVD/CD-ROM would not be an issue.... would it?
     
  6. alejo.vazquez

    alejo.vazquez New Member

    How to use debootstrap with CD-ROM

    Hi:

    Edit /etc/xen-tools/xen-tools.conf

    Comment with # this line:

    # mirror = http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian

    Add this line:

    mirror = file:/media/cdrom/debian/

    At first you should have mounted the Debian CD-ROM in the directory: /media/cdrom

    Greetings.

    Alejo V.
     

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