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Re: [alpine-devel] Re: [acf] Windows 7 on Xen Using Alpine Linux

From: Roger Pau Monné <>
Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 09:50:06 +0200

On 17/04/13 20:56, Ted Trask wrote:
> I think you wanted to send this to the alpine-devel mailing list. I have
> copied that list too so that they can respond.
> Ted
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> *From:* Richard Johnson <>
> *To:*
> *Sent:* Wednesday, April 17, 2013 10:59 AM
> *Subject:* Re: [acf] Windows 7 on Xen Using Alpine Linux
> Does anyone have any clue on where I can the solution to this question?
> On 04/14/2013 03:38 PM, Richard Johnson wrote:
>> 1- Is it possible to configure Windows 7 as a Xen DomU Guest on Alpine Linux?


>> What are the steps to do this?

You have to create a Xen HVM (you will need to use hardware with
virtualization extensions). There's a tutorial here for example:

The config file shown on the tutorial is for xm (the old toolstack), you
should modify it a little bit to work with xl:

memory = 1024
name = "xenwin7"
vif = [ 'type=ioemu, bridge=xenbr0' ]
acpi = 1
apic = 1
disk = [ 'file:/home/xen/xenwin7.img,hda,w',
'file:/home/xen/windows7.iso,hdc:cdrom,r' ]
# boot on floppy (a), hard disk (c) or CD-ROM (d)
# default: hard disk, cd-rom, floppy
And I would recommend using a block device as a disk (LVM) instead of a
raw file. Also, to get better IO performance you should install the PV
drivers inside the Windows VM:
There are also some non-GPL windows drivers from Citrix, you might also
try those if the ones above don't work well.
>> 2- Is Alpine Linux appropriate for automated windows desktop virtualization, 
>> that is each desktop boots from network PXE and then starts up a virtualized 
>> windows environment using Xen.
I guess there's nothing like this on Alpine right now, but it shouldn't
be too hard to do.
What people usually do (IMHO) is setup a big server with all the VMs
running on it, and then use lightweight machines that only run VNC to
connect to the remote server that provides the VM.
Received on Thu Apr 18 2013 - 09:50:06 UTC