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Re: netbsd-5 on Citrix XenClient 2.1 (on an HP EliteBook 8460p)

On Mon, 13 Feb 2012, Greg A. Woods wrote:
At Mon, 13 Feb 2012 14:20:56 +0000 (GMT), Stephen Borrill 
<> wrote:
Subject: Re: netbsd-5 on Citrix XenClient 2.1 (on an HP EliteBook 8460p)

On Sun, 12 Feb 2012, Greg A. Woods wrote:
I wish XenClient respected MBR partitions so that I could keep a NetBSD
install handy on the same disk for bare hardware tests again without
having to re-install both systems from scratch each time.

It does respect them. I have a triple boot of Windows 7, NetBSD and
XenClient on this laptop.

You need to ensure you have 2 MBR slots free and then do an advanced

Thanks for the clue!  I would never have guessed that XenClient would
want to see two empty MBR slots in order to not take over the whole

It was hard enough to figure out how to safely take one away from
Windoze 7 to install NetBSD safely when I first got this laptop.

Yes, I had that issue as I knew I needed 2 slots free for XenClient.

When I
needed XenClient I expected I could drop it in where I had put NetBSD,
but it insisted, even in the Advanced Install, on taking over the whole

You can Ctrl-Alt-Fn to switch to other consoles within the XenClient installer and that gives the clues to MBR usages, etc.

I'll try a clean NetBSD install with a boot selector and leave a big
chunk of the disk free, along with the other three slots empty as well
and see if that leads to success.  For now I'll be able to keep windoze
running happily only under XC.  Hopefully I can save the VHD for windoze
though -- I don't want to have to baby-sit it through another 6 hours or
more of installs and updates.

That's what the Synchronizer is for :-)


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