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Thread: Setting up a VM on headless server (Xen)

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    May 2013

    Setting up a VM on headless server (Xen)

    Having never played with a VM before I've been looking at suggestions for a vm. It looks like Xen may be the easiest for a beginner based on the wiki ( - I'm just wondering what are the risks doing this remotely?

    One of the first steps for Xen is to reboot and have grub load it up - wouldn't that mean I lose access to the machine for SSH sessions?

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    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Ubuntu Mate 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Re: Setting up a VM on headless server (Xen)

    Xen runs a modified kernel (at least it used to). I've had Xen refuse to boot after a kernel update and had to drop back to an older kernel for a few weeks. Stopped using Xen around 2011-ish after running it for 3 yrs. Don't regret that at all.

    KVM is easier, IMHO, for server-on-server VMs. KVM is part of the Linux kernel and tested in the same way. I've **NEVER** had issues in 5+ yrs of KVM use that prevented a system to boot.

    With KVM, load libvirt and run virt-manager on a workstation from anywhere in the world to manage VMs over ssh. In theory, this should work for Xen VMs too.

    The only "pro tip" I have is that you should manually create the bridge(s) you want, never use the built-in bridges from any KVM/Xen/libvirt config. I don't know why, but their bridges seem to hiccup from time to time, but the manually created bridges do not - ever.

    On a headless server, something like proxmox might be easier. It is a full OS load and has a web-management setup for those that prefer point-in-click. Of course, you'll need to physically install proxmox on the server while being in the same room.

    Hopefully, others who are pro-Xen will reply so you get 2-sides of the Xen story.

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