[SATLUG] Xen Server

David Kowis dkowis at shlrm.org
Tue Sep 22 19:28:04 CDT 2009


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Samuel Leon wrote:
 > I am still planning on using xen but I have been trying to find
> alternatives to the firewall distributions like pfsense and smoothwall
> since they are not really easy to get working in xen (although very easy
> to get working with full virtualization like Vmware).  Right now I am
> seeing how hard it would be to configure a debian box with shorewall. It
> doesn't seem too bad so far.  And being installed on debian, it would
> then be easy to virtualize with xen.
> 
> Sam

It's very easy to virtualize any linux in xen. The only custom part is
the kernel. if you can get a base system installed, you can run any
distro. You can even build your own kernel to use in one specific DomU
if you want. You just have to build it in the dom0 and then set it up in
the xen configuration files. I suppose having "distro support" makes it
easier, but even the guts of xen aren't terribly difficult to deal with.
Maybe I'm tainted by experience...


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