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XEN: Unable to add a new disk using virt-manager to para-virtual DomU's

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Support Pack 2


When attempting to add a disk or other storage device using "Virt-Manager," the process fails.


This is currently a known issue with SLES 10 SP2. Further the documentation states that at this time, the GUI does not support the adding or removal of storage devices or disks. As a result, at this time, this functionality is not supported for para-virutal domains.

Further, attempting to use the "add storage device" functions in SLES 10 SP2 may be unpredictable. Specifically, it has been noted that:
  • A failure message may appear, however when the machine is rebooted the new device is added
  • Multiple attempts to add the a disk may result in virtual disks pointed at the same disk. This may prevent the DomU from booting
  • Failures are sporadic and unpredictable. Depending on the guest, it may or may not work

Please see the documentation for instructions on using command line utilities to create and/or add disks to DomU's.

Additional Information

For more information on the manual creation and adding of disk images, please refer to the SUSE Linux Virtualization Documentation.


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  • Document ID:7000594
  • Creation Date: 05-Jun-2008
  • Modified Date:15-Mar-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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