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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:03 pm    Post subject: Xen boot to m$$ from grub? Reply with quote

hi all,

I recently tried out xen with m$$ installed but I was unable to find any info on how to boot m$$ directly with an entry from grub without having to load and start a trillion linux services.

Virtualbox with all the guest addition had m$$ 7 stalling several times something doesn't happen with xen. With xen the only slow part is the mouse, probably a graphic adapter, and low screen resolution.

But I needed it to run in a somewhat exclusive fashion, without and full blown linux os running underneath.

As far as I know qemu-kvm is not capable of booting directly to a virtual machine, vbox is out of the question. With xen I wasn't able to find anything references online. The current solutions concentrate on having m$$ being run with gfx card inside linux.

Anyone know whether this is possible at all?

Grub -> Xen -> DomU m$$

thanks
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please correct me if I'm wrong. Your machine boots, grub comes out and you would like an option not to boot your Linux box but just Microsoft under Xen?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that's the idea to have a grub option that goes directly to the virtual machine. Looking around I can't see anything with virtualbox, qemu or xen. The closest thing I've see was a gdm/kdm entry to the virtual machine using virtualbox that way bypassing full-blown desktop underneath.

Possibly the kdm option is what seems to be closest thing for qemu and virtualbox, with xen it appears that something more minimal could be used.

Anyone got ideas???
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With Xen, you can auto startup the machine when you locate the virtual machine configuration in /etc/xen/auto. Then you need to create an X session and vnc to Windows.
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