XEN: Howto migrate loopback file based disk images to blktap tap:aio

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 2


Migrate a loopback file based disk image to a blktap tap:aio disk image without reinstalling the DomU.


  1. Backup current DomU configuration:
    xm list <DomU_ID> -l > /tmp/vm1.conf
  2. Edit disk device section of the configuration file:
    vi /tmp/vm1.conf

    # Configuration example

    (uuid d2cb4a14-ecbd-6034-3d4c-7866bfd4b60e)
    (mode w)
    (backend 0)
    (bootable 1)

    # Change to

    (uname tap:aio:/xen/vm1/disk0)
    (uuid d2cb4a14-ecbd-6034-3d4c-7866bfd4b60e)
    (mode w)
    (dev xvda:disk)
    (backend 0)
    (bootable 1)

  3. Delete old DomU
    xm delete <DomU_ID>
  4. Load new configuration
    xm new -F /tmp/vm1.conf
  5. Start new DomU
    xm start <DomU_ID>

Additional Information

The advantage of the blktap is a better performance compared to disk images accessed through loopback.  The blktap driver is supported as of SLES10 SP2, however for NetWare this should only be used on NW65SP8.


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  • Document ID:7000716
  • Creation Date: 20-Jun-2008
  • Modified Date:14-Mar-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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