Installing Xen 3.0 Using the new Xen Install Script (BETA)

Note that this installer script is a BETA test release. The packages used contain versions of Xen 3.0 built for i686 SMP systems (Intel Pentium Pro, Celeron, Pentium II, Pentium III, Pentium 4, Xeon; AMD Athlon, Duron). Since these packages are non-PAE (highmem4g) builds, only up to 4GB of memory is supported.

Installing Xen 3.0 using the new Xen Installer script is an ideal way to start evaluating and using Xen. It takes care of all the steps needed to install Xen 3.0 on a system with Fedora Core 4 or RedHat Enterprise Linux.

Requirements

Hardware

Software

The new Xen Installer requires that you have installed Fedora Core 4 or RHEL 4.1 on your system.

Known Issues

See the Known Issues page

Installation procedure

  1. Download the appropriate XenStart installer script, xen-install-rhel4.1 for RHEL 4.1 or xen-install-fc4 for Fedora Core, from http://www.xensource.com/products/downloads/
  2. Run the installer script with the install option

    ./xen-install-distro install

    This installs Xen 3.0, replaces the standard Linux glibc with the Xen-friendly version, and a few other dependencies (if needed) via yum, then prepares your machine to be a Xen Domain0 by making a XenLinux kernel, creating an initrd, updating the GRUB configuration file to make Xen the default boot path, and finally, reboots the machine.

    Your machine is now running as a Dom0 on Xen.

Uninstallation procedure

Run the installer script with the uninstall option:

./installer uninstall

This removes Xen and its components from your system and returns your GRUB configuration to its original form.