Jul 302008

Virtualization cannot be that simpler than in openSUSE 11.0. In openSUSE 11.0, Xen Virtualization ins pre-built and all it takes is a few clicks away from up and running with Virtualization in no time. Xen is a virtual machine monitor for x86 that supports execution of multiple guest operating systems with unprecedented levels of performance and resource isolation. This package contains the Xen Hypervisor.

To install Xen Virtualization in openSUSE 11.0,

From the KMenu, click Applications – System – Virtualization – Install Hypervisor Tools

KMenu install option
This will start the installation and will show a list of packages to be installed. Click Install

Click install button

This will start downloading the Xen Virtualization packages and the modified kernel for Xen virtualization.

Xen packages are installed

Once the installation is completed, it will prompt you to reboot and start the system by selecting the openSUSE option with Xen kernel from the list. To confirm the boot loader entry in GRUB, click KMenu – Computer – YaST – System – Boot Loader and you should see the “Xen — openSUSE 11.0 –″ in the list.

Xen Kernel option in GRUB

Reboot your PC and select “Xen — openSUSE 11.0 –″. This will boot openSUSE with the modified kernel which supports Xen virtualization and everything else loads normally. Now, from the KMenu – Applications – System – Virtualization – “Create Virtual Machines” to start creating virtual machines.

Create Xen Virtual Machines

From the wizard, click Forward from the welcome screen and select “I need to install an operating system” or if you already had a Disk image select the option to select a disk or disk image and click Forward.

Virtual machine welcome screen

Select VM option

Select the type of operating system and click Forward.

Select Operating System type

Select the Virtualization type and click Forward. The default is “Paravirtualisation”

Select Virtualization method

This brings up the final summary. Any change to any settings can be changed from here. For instance to add a CDROM or a ISO images, click Disk and then click CDROM and add the CDROM drive or the ISO image.

Summary window

Adding ISO image

Disk option
When all the changes are complete. Xen launches the Xen image under a TightVNC session. Now, you are up and running with Xen Virtualization in openSUSE 11.0

Xen VM Guest OS starts