Subject: Re: xen and 3.0, and migrating from 1.6.2
To: Carl Brewer <>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 09/29/2005 21:27:21
On Thu, Sep 29, 2005 at 12:21:09PM +1000, Carl Brewer wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm about (as soon as it's released) to upgrade a
> swag of i386 boxes from 1.6.2 to 3.0, and along the way, I want to
> reduce my hardware count, and I figured Xen was the
> best way to consolidate a number of boxes onto the one
> bit of hardware.
> Is there a nice howto anywhere (I've had a look,
> but nothing sprang to mind immediately) for taking
> a box from being a generic i386 box to a dom0 server?


> Is it basically just a case of swap kernels to a xen
> domU kernel and rebooting to get a dom0 server up?  Ie:

You need a dom0 kernel, not domU. And you also need to setup grub.
Once you have grub configured, you should be able to boot a regular i386
kernel, or xen+dom0 kernel without userland changes (same devices name, etc)

Manuel Bouyer <>
     NetBSD: 26 ans d'experience feront toujours la difference