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XEN: Howto manually edit configuration for DomU's

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Support Pack 2


A Xen DomU configuration file needs to be edited.


There are three methods to editing a virtual machine configuration. These steps assume that the virtual machine is shut down.

method 1: Use /etc/xen/vm installation files
This method uses the files found in /etc/xen/vm. This method can only be done when the DomU has not had any post-configurations applied. This method is shown in many community examples and recommended by several other Linux vendors. For reasons of stability, SUSE recommends only using this method only when there have been no other changes to the DomU's hardware or when the hardware has been changed using this method.
  1. Go to /etc/xen/vm
  2. Locate the line that you need to edit.
  3. Save the file
For each node or server, repeat steps 1 through 7.

method 2: use /etc/xen/vm installation files for managed domU's
This method should be used for DomU's that are managed (i.e. started and stopped using xm commands, Virt-Manager or YaST) and have not had their configuration edited since the installation using xm commands, Virt-Manager or YaST.
  1. Follow method 1
  2. Import the new file
    xm new -f sles10
  3. Start the Xen VM
    xm start sles10
method 3: use python configuration files
This method uses the Python to add the files. It is somewhat more complicated and recommended only when method 1 is insufficient.
  1. Export the Python configuration for the Xen DomU
    xm list -l SLES10 >
  2. Save a backup of the file Inca's something goes wrong
  3. Open for editing
  4. Edit or add desired setting
  5. Save and close the file
  6. Import the new file
    xm new -F
  7. Start the Xen guest
    xm start sles10


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  • Document ID:7002588
  • Creation Date: 08-Feb-2009
  • Modified Date:14-Mar-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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