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The Book of Xen by Luke S. Crawford, Chris Takemura

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Installing DomU Images

XenServer offers several install methods: First, you can install from the included Debian Etch template. Second, you can install a supported distro using a template and distro-specific installer. Third, there is the HVM install using emulated devices. Finally, we have physical-to-virtual conversion using the P2V tool.

The Debian install is the fastest and easiest, but it's the least flexible. Templated installation is a good option, allowing PV installs of a good variety of Linux distros, though not all of them. The HVM install works well for everything but requires a machine that supports HVM and results in a domain running in HVM mode (which may be suboptimal, depending on your application). P2V allows you to clone an existing ...

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