Port Xen 3.3.1 to CentOS 5.3 via http://gitco.de

This posting follows up recent discussion at xen-users mailing list regarding functionality of virt-install and virt-manager after Gitco’s Xen 3.3.1 Hypervisor Upgrade on CentOS 5.3(2). Via the posting bellow i try to demonstrate that Gitco’s upgrade of libvirt-python, python-virtinst,qemu packages and Xen Hypervisor itself seems to be a nice job with no serious issues keeping libvirt and virt-install (virt-manager) utility pretty stable at runtime. I also state that suggestion of use xen-tools & rinse on Xen Systems with libvirt abilities ([1]) doesn’t look to me right way to manage vs utilizing debootstrap on Debian and Ubuntu Xen hosts, providing libvirt for the KVM only.
Current port has obvious advantages as significantly more stable VNC connections to DomUs, virt-manager utility providing option of install PV DomUs via local HTTP mirror and managing DomUs been created via virt-install or via virt-manager.Occasionally vnc sessions gets crashed, however reconnection to DomU works pretty stable,requiring just one attempt.
I was able successfully tested CentOS 5.2(3) and F10 PV DomU installs via virt-manager utilizing as source local Apache Mirror, created via loop mounting ISO image to /var/www/html/corresponding_folder
Original download been done from http://gitco.de/repo/xen3.3.1 :-

[root@dhcppc1 xen-rpms]# ls -l
total 50224
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 355799 Apr 3 13:32 gtkglext-debuginfo-1.2.0-6.x86_64.rpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 161634 Apr 3 13:32 gtkglext-devel-1.2.0-6.x86_64.rpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 146052 Apr 3 13:32 gtkglext-libs-1.2.0-6.x86_64.rpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 80216 Apr 3 13:32 gtk-vnc-0.3.7-2.x86_64.rpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 165124 Apr 3 13:32 gtk-vnc-debuginfo-0.3.7-2.x86_64.rpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 10421 Apr 3 13:32 gtk-vnc-devel-0.3.7-2.x86_64.rpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 13479 Apr 3 13:32 gtk-vnc-python-0.3.7-2.x86_64.rpm
-rwxr--r-- 1 root root 759 Apr 3 13:37 install.sh
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1841193 Apr 3 13:20 libvirt-0.4.4-3.x86_64.rpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 196006 Apr 3 13:20 libvirt-devel-0.4.4-3.x86_64.rpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 113567 Apr 3 13:20 libvirt-python-0.4.4-3.x86_64.rpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 14384 Apr 3 13:20 pypxeboot-0.0.2-2.noarch.rpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 340597 Apr 3 13:20 python-virtinst-0.400.0-5.noarch.rpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 11954599 Apr 3 13:22 qemu-0.9.1-10.x86_64.rpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 24421993 Apr 3 13:26 qemu-debuginfo-0.9.1-10.x86_64.rpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 77372 Apr 3 13:26 qemu-img-0.9.1-10.x86_64.rpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1364938 Apr 3 13:36 virt-manager-0.6.0-1.x86_64.rpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 49973 Apr 3 13:36 virt-manager-debuginfo-0.6.0-1.x86_64.rpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 28711 Apr 3 13:36 virt-viewer-0.0.3-3.x86_64.rpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 9271929 Apr 3 13:18 xen-3.3.1-0.x86_64.rpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 229074 Apr 3 13:19 xen-debuginfo-3.3.1-0.x86_64.rpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 260471 Apr 3 13:19 xen-devel-3.3.1-0.x86_64.rpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 162412 Apr 3 13:19 xen-libs-3.3.1-0.x86_64.rpm

Installation script:-

[root@dhcppc1 xen-rpms]# cat install.sh
yum install xen-3.3.1-0.x86_64.rpm \
xen-debuginfo-3.3.1-0.x86_64.rpm \
xen-devel-3.3.1-0.x86_64.rpm \
xen-libs-3.3.1-0.x86_64.rpm \
libvirt-0.4.4-3.x86_64.rpm \
libvirt-devel-0.4.4-3.x86_64.rpm \
libvirt-python-0.4.4-3.x86_64.rpm \
python-virtinst-0.400.0-5.noarch.rpm \
pypxeboot-0.0.2-2.noarch.rpm \
qemu-0.9.1-10.x86_64.rpm \
qemu-debuginfo-0.9.1-10.x86_64.rpm \
qemu-img-0.9.1-10.x86_64.rpm \
gtk-vnc-0.3.7-2.x86_64.rpm \
gtk-vnc-debuginfo-0.3.7-2.x86_64.rpm \
gtk-vnc-devel-0.3.7-2.x86_64.rpm \
gtk-vnc-python-0.3.7-2.x86_64.rpm \
gtkglext-debuginfo-1.2.0-6.x86_64.rpm \
gtkglext-devel-1.2.0-6.x86_64.rpm \
gtkglext-libs-1.2.0-6.x86_64.rpm \
virt-manager-0.6.0-1.x86_64.rpm \
virt-manager-debuginfo-0.6.0-1.x86_64.rpm \
virt-viewer-0.0.3-3.x86_64.rpm

[root@dhcppc1 xen-rpms]# ./install.sh

Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
* base: mirror.yandex.ru
* updates: mirror.yandex.ru
* addons: mirror.yandex.ru
* extras: mirror.yandex.ru
xen | 951 B 00:00
primary.xml.gz | 8.5 kB 00:00
xen 25/25
base | 1.1 kB 00:00
updates | 951 B 00:00
addons | 951 B 00:00
extras | 951 B 00:00
Setting up Install Process
Parsing package install arguments
Examining xen-3.3.1-0.x86_64.rpm: xen-3.3.1-0.x86_64
Marking xen-3.3.1-0.x86_64.rpm to be installed
Examining xen-debuginfo-3.3.1-0.x86_64.rpm: xen-debuginfo-3.3.1-0.x86_64
Marking xen-debuginfo-3.3.1-0.x86_64.rpm to be installed
Examining xen-devel-3.3.1-0.x86_64.rpm: xen-devel-3.3.1-0.x86_64
Marking xen-devel-3.3.1-0.x86_64.rpm to be installed
Examining xen-libs-3.3.1-0.x86_64.rpm: xen-libs-3.3.1-0.x86_64
Marking xen-libs-3.3.1-0.x86_64.rpm to be installed
Examining libvirt-0.4.4-3.x86_64.rpm: libvirt-0.4.4-3.x86_64
Marking libvirt-0.4.4-3.x86_64.rpm to be installed
Examining libvirt-devel-0.4.4-3.x86_64.rpm: libvirt-devel-0.4.4-3.x86_64
Marking libvirt-devel-0.4.4-3.x86_64.rpm to be installed
Examining libvirt-python-0.4.4-3.x86_64.rpm: libvirt-python-0.4.4-3.x86_64
Marking libvirt-python-0.4.4-3.x86_64.rpm to be installed
Examining python-virtinst-0.400.0-5.noarch.rpm: python-virtinst-0.400.0-5.noarch
Marking python-virtinst-0.400.0-5.noarch.rpm to be installed
Examining pypxeboot-0.0.2-2.noarch.rpm: pypxeboot-0.0.2-2.noarch
Marking pypxeboot-0.0.2-2.noarch.rpm to be installed
Examining qemu-0.9.1-10.x86_64.rpm: qemu-0.9.1-10.x86_64
Marking qemu-0.9.1-10.x86_64.rpm to be installed
Examining qemu-debuginfo-0.9.1-10.x86_64.rpm: qemu-debuginfo-0.9.1-10.x86_64
Marking qemu-debuginfo-0.9.1-10.x86_64.rpm to be installed
Examining qemu-img-0.9.1-10.x86_64.rpm: qemu-img-0.9.1-10.x86_64
Marking qemu-img-0.9.1-10.x86_64.rpm to be installed
Examining gtk-vnc-0.3.7-2.x86_64.rpm: gtk-vnc-0.3.7-2.x86_64
Marking gtk-vnc-0.3.7-2.x86_64.rpm to be installed
Examining gtk-vnc-debuginfo-0.3.7-2.x86_64.rpm: gtk-vnc-debuginfo-0.3.7-2.x86_64
Marking gtk-vnc-debuginfo-0.3.7-2.x86_64.rpm to be installed
Examining gtk-vnc-devel-0.3.7-2.x86_64.rpm: gtk-vnc-devel-0.3.7-2.x86_64
Marking gtk-vnc-devel-0.3.7-2.x86_64.rpm to be installed
Examining gtk-vnc-python-0.3.7-2.x86_64.rpm: gtk-vnc-python-0.3.7-2.x86_64
Marking gtk-vnc-python-0.3.7-2.x86_64.rpm to be installed
Examining gtkglext-debuginfo-1.2.0-6.x86_64.rpm: gtkglext-debuginfo-1.2.0-6.x86_64
Marking gtkglext-debuginfo-1.2.0-6.x86_64.rpm to be installed
Examining gtkglext-devel-1.2.0-6.x86_64.rpm: gtkglext-devel-1.2.0-6.x86_64
Marking gtkglext-devel-1.2.0-6.x86_64.rpm to be installed
Examining gtkglext-libs-1.2.0-6.x86_64.rpm: gtkglext-libs-1.2.0-6.x86_64
Marking gtkglext-libs-1.2.0-6.x86_64.rpm to be installed
Examining virt-manager-0.6.0-1.x86_64.rpm: virt-manager-0.6.0-1.x86_64
Marking virt-manager-0.6.0-1.x86_64.rpm to be installed
Examining virt-manager-debuginfo-0.6.0-1.x86_64.rpm: virt-manager-debuginfo-0.6.0-1.x86_64
Marking virt-manager-debuginfo-0.6.0-1.x86_64.rpm to be installed
Examining virt-viewer-0.0.3-3.x86_64.rpm: virt-viewer-0.0.3-3.x86_64
Marking virt-viewer-0.0.3-3.x86_64.rpm to be installed
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package gtk-vnc-python.x86_64 0:0.3.7-2 set to be updated
---> Package gtk-vnc.x86_64 0:0.3.7-2 set to be updated
---> Package pypxeboot.noarch 0:0.0.2-2 set to be updated
--> Processing Dependency: udhcp = 0.9.8-1usermac for package: pypxeboot
--> Processing Dependency: tftp >= 0.39 for package: pypxeboot
---> Package libvirt.x86_64 0:0.4.4-3 set to be updated
--> Processing Dependency: bridge-utils for package: libvirt
--> Processing Dependency: cyrus-sasl-md5 for package: libvirt
--> Processing Dependency: iscsi-initiator-utils for package: libvirt
---> Package virt-manager.x86_64 0:0.6.0-1 set to be updated
--> Processing Dependency: gnome-python2-gnomekeyring >= 2.15.4 for package: virt-manager
---> Package xen-libs.x86_64 0:3.3.1-0 set to be updated
---> Package xen-devel.x86_64 0:3.3.1-0 set to be updated
---> Package libvirt-devel.x86_64 0:0.4.4-3 set to be updated
---> Package xen.x86_64 0:3.3.1-0 set to be updated
--> Processing Dependency: xen-hypervisor-abi = 3.1 for package: xen
---> Package libvirt-python.x86_64 0:0.4.4-3 set to be updated
---> Package qemu-debuginfo.x86_64 0:0.9.1-10 set to be updated
---> Package gtkglext-libs.x86_64 0:1.2.0-6 set to be updated
---> Package virt-manager-debuginfo.x86_64 0:0.6.0-1 set to be updated
---> Package virt-viewer.x86_64 0:0.0.3-3 set to be updated
---> Package gtkglext-devel.x86_64 0:1.2.0-6 set to be updated
---> Package python-virtinst.noarch 0:0.400.0-5 set to be updated
---> Package qemu-img.x86_64 0:0.9.1-10 set to be updated
---> Package gtkglext-debuginfo.x86_64 0:1.2.0-6 set to be updated
---> Package gtk-vnc-devel.x86_64 0:0.3.7-2 set to be updated
---> Package qemu.x86_64 0:0.9.1-10 set to be updated
---> Package xen-debuginfo.x86_64 0:3.3.1-0 set to be updated
---> Package gtk-vnc-debuginfo.x86_64 0:0.3.7-2 set to be updated
--> Running transaction check
---> Package kernel-xen.x86_64 0:2.6.18-128.el5 set to be installed
---> Package iscsi-initiator-utils.x86_64 0:6.2.0.868-0.18.el5 set to be updated
---> Package bridge-utils.x86_64 0:1.1-2 set to be updated
---> Package udhcp.x86_64 0:0.9.8-1usermac set to be updated
---> Package gnome-python2-gnomekeyring.x86_64 0:2.16.0-2.el5 set to be updated
---> Package cyrus-sasl-md5.x86_64 0:2.1.22-4 set to be updated
---> Package tftp.x86_64 0:0.42-3.1.el5.centos set to be updated
--> Finished Dependency Resolution
Dependencies Resolved
=================================================================================================
Package Arch Version Repository Size
=================================================================================================
Installing:
gtk-vnc x86_64 0.3.7-2 gtk-vnc-0.3.7-2.x86_64.rpm 78 k
gtk-vnc-debuginfo x86_64 0.3.7-2 gtk-vnc-debuginfo-0.3.7-2.x86_64.rpm 161 k
gtk-vnc-devel x86_64 0.3.7-2 gtk-vnc-devel-0.3.7-2.x86_64.rpm 10 k
gtk-vnc-python x86_64 0.3.7-2 gtk-vnc-python-0.3.7-2.x86_64.rpm 13 k
gtkglext-debuginfo x86_64 1.2.0-6 gtkglext-debuginfo-1.2.0-6.x86_64.rpm 347 k
gtkglext-devel x86_64 1.2.0-6 gtkglext-devel-1.2.0-6.x86_64.rpm 158 k
gtkglext-libs x86_64 1.2.0-6 gtkglext-libs-1.2.0-6.x86_64.rpm 143 k
libvirt x86_64 0.4.4-3 libvirt-0.4.4-3.x86_64.rpm 1.8 M
libvirt-devel x86_64 0.4.4-3 libvirt-devel-0.4.4-3.x86_64.rpm 191 k
libvirt-python x86_64 0.4.4-3 libvirt-python-0.4.4-3.x86_64.rpm 111 k
pypxeboot noarch 0.0.2-2 pypxeboot-0.0.2-2.noarch.rpm 14 k
python-virtinst noarch 0.400.0-5 python-virtinst-0.400.0-5.noarch.rpm 333 k
qemu x86_64 0.9.1-10 qemu-0.9.1-10.x86_64.rpm 11 M
qemu-debuginfo x86_64 0.9.1-10 qemu-debuginfo-0.9.1-10.x86_64.rpm 23 M
qemu-img x86_64 0.9.1-10 qemu-img-0.9.1-10.x86_64.rpm 76 k
virt-manager x86_64 0.6.0-1 virt-manager-0.6.0-1.x86_64.rpm 1.3 M
virt-manager-debuginfo
x86_64 0.6.0-1 virt-manager-debuginfo-0.6.0-1.x86_64.rpm 49 k
virt-viewer x86_64 0.0.3-3 virt-viewer-0.0.3-3.x86_64.rpm 28 k
xen x86_64 3.3.1-0 xen-3.3.1-0.x86_64.rpm 8.8 M
xen-debuginfo x86_64 3.3.1-0 xen-debuginfo-3.3.1-0.x86_64.rpm 224 k
xen-devel x86_64 3.3.1-0 xen-devel-3.3.1-0.x86_64.rpm 254 k
xen-libs x86_64 3.3.1-0 xen-libs-3.3.1-0.x86_64.rpm 159 k
Installing for dependencies:
bridge-utils x86_64 1.1-2 base 28 k
cyrus-sasl-md5 x86_64 2.1.22-4 base 46 k
gnome-python2-gnomekeyring
x86_64 2.16.0-2.el5 base 17 k
iscsi-initiator-utils x86_64 6.2.0.868-0.18.el5 base 591 k
kernel-xen x86_64 2.6.18-128.el5 base 17 M
tftp x86_64 0.42-3.1.el5.centos
base 21 k
udhcp x86_64 0.9.8-1usermac xen 28 k
Transaction Summary
=================================================================================================
Install 29 Package(s)
Update 0 Package(s)
Remove 0 Package(s)
Total download size: 67 M
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Downloading Packages:
(1/7): gnome-python2-gnomekeyring-2.16.0-2.el5.x86_64.rpm | 17 kB 00:24
(2/7): tftp-0.42-3.1.el5.centos.x86_64.rpm | 21 kB 00:14
(3/7): bridge-utils-1.1-2.x86_64.rpm | 28 kB 00:26
(4/7): udhcp-0.9.8-1usermac.x86_64.rpm | 28 kB 00:00
(5/7): cyrus-sasl-md5-2.1.22-4.x86_64.rpm | 46 kB 00:51
(6/7): iscsi-initiator-utils-6.2.0.868-0.18.el5.x86_64.rpm | 591 kB 02:26
(7/7): kernel-xen-2.6.18-128.el5.x86_64.rpm | 17 MB 06:04
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total 25 kB/s | 18 MB 12:00
warning: rpmts_HdrFromFdno: Header V3 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID e8562897
Importing GPG key 0xE8562897 "CentOS-5 Key (CentOS 5 Official Signing Key) " from /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-CentOS-5
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Running rpm_check_debug
Running Transaction Test
Finished Transaction Test
Transaction Test Succeeded
Running Transaction
Installing : xen-libs [ 1/29]
Installing : bridge-utils [ 2/29]
Installing : gtkglext-libs [ 3/29]
Installing : gtk-vnc [ 4/29]
Installing : qemu-img [ 5/29]
Installing : gtk-vnc-python [ 6/29]
Installing : cyrus-sasl-md5 [ 7/29]
Installing : udhcp [ 8/29]
Installing : tftp [ 9/29]
Installing : gnome-python2-gnomekeyring [10/29]
Installing : iscsi-initiator-utils [11/29]
Installing : libvirt [12/29]
Installing : libvirt-python [13/29]
Installing : virt-viewer [14/29]
Installing : qemu [15/29]
Installing : virt-manager-debuginfo [16/29]
Installing : gtkglext-debuginfo [17/29]
Installing : xen-debuginfo [18/29]
Installing : gtk-vnc-debuginfo [19/29]
Installing : python-virtinst [20/29]
Installing : xen-devel [21/29]
Installing : kernel-xen [22/29]
Installing : gtkglext-devel [23/29]
Installing : gtk-vnc-devel [24/29]
Installing : virt-manager [25/29]
Installing : libvirt-devel [26/29]
Installing : pypxeboot [27/29]
Installing : qemu-debuginfo [28/29]
Installing : xen [29/29]
Installed: gtk-vnc.x86_64 0:0.3.7-2 gtk-vnc-debuginfo.x86_64 0:0.3.7-2 gtk-vnc-devel.x86_64 0:0.3.7-2 gtk-vnc-python.x86_64 0:0.3.7-2 gtkglext-debuginfo.x86_64 0:1.2.0-6 gtkglext-devel.x86_64 0:1.2.0-6 gtkglext-libs.x86_64 0:1.2.0-6 libvirt.x86_64 0:0.4.4-3 libvirt-devel.x86_64 0:0.4.4-3 libvirt-python.x86_64 0:0.4.4-3 pypxeboot.noarch 0:0.0.2-2 python-virtinst.noarch 0:0.400.0-5 qemu.x86_64 0:0.9.1-10 qemu-debuginfo.x86_64 0:0.9.1-10 qemu-img.x86_64 0:0.9.1-10 virt-manager.x86_64 0:0.6.0-1 virt-manager-debuginfo.x86_64 0:0.6.0-1 virt-viewer.x86_64 0:0.0.3-3 xen.x86_64 0:3.3.1-0 xen-debuginfo.x86_64 0:3.3.1-0 xen-devel.x86_64 0:3.3.1-0 xen-libs.x86_64 0:3.3.1-0
Dependency Installed: bridge-utils.x86_64 0:1.1-2 cyrus-sasl-md5.x86_64 0:2.1.22-4 gnome-python2-gnomekeyring.x86_64 0:2.16.0-2.el5 iscsi-initiator-utils.x86_64 0:6.2.0.868-0.18.el5 kernel-xen.x86_64 0:2.6.18-128.el5 tftp.x86_64 0:0.42-3.1.el5.centos udhcp.x86_64 0:0.9.8-1usermac
Complete!

# virt-install -n CentOS5PV -r 1024 -p –vnc \
-f /etc/xen/images/CentOS5.img -l nfs:192.168.1.34:/mnt/tmp







To get network running at CentOS 5.2 DomU, installed via NFS share, i had to disable checksum offloading at DomU:

/usr/local/sbin/ethtool -K eth0 tx off

Virt-manger install via HTTP local mirror built up same DomU with no network issues.



Install PV DomU via virt-manager:-





















Install Fedora 10 PV DomU via virt-manager:-

# chkconfig httpd on
# mkdir -p /var/www/html/f10
# mount -o loop /etc/xen/isos/f10.iso /var/www/html/f10

Submit http://IP-Dom0/f10 as installation source to virt-manager and proceed
as normal :-











References.
1.RE: [Xen-users] Problems installing guest domains

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