9.0 Installing OES as a Xen VM Host Server

You can install Novell Open Enterprise Server (OES) 2 SP3 as a Xen VM host server.

To understand why you might want your VM host server to have OES 2 SP3 installed, see Why Install OES Services on Your VM Host? in the OES 2 SP3: Planning and Implementation Guide.

To install OES 2 SP3 on your VM host server, add the following steps to the basic installation instructions found in Setting Up a Virtual Machine Host in the Virtualization with Xen guide.

  1. When you reach the Installation Mode page, select the Include Add-On Products from Separate Media option and complete the instructions in Section 3.3, Specifying the Add-On Product Installation Information.

  2. When you reach the Installation Settings page, click the Software heading.

  3. Of the services listed in the OES Services category, only the following are supported on a Xen VM host server:

    • Novell Linux User Management (LUM)

    • Novell Storage Management Services (SMS)

    • Novell Cluster Services (NCS)

    You can select any of these services that you want to be available on the host server, or you can leave all of the services deselected. In either case, the server will be configured as an OES server.

  4. If you selected any of the supported OES services, Novell Remote Manager (NRM) is also selected. Click the green check mark by NRM to change it to a red symbol and prevent NRM from being installed. NRM is not a supported OES service on a Xen VM host server.

  5. In the Primary Functions category, select Xen Virtual Machine Host Server.

    Because you want the host server optimized to manage your virtual machines, do not choose any additional primary functions. Other services should be installed on an OES or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 10 VM guest server or physical server.

  6. On the Configured LDAP Servers page, specify the tree name, admin name, and password for the eDirectory tree into which you are installing the host server.

    IMPORTANT:If you didn’t select any OES services, the Novell Open Enterprise Server Configuration page appears instead. In that case, the Configured LDAP Servers page is accessible via the LDAP Configuration for Open Enterprise Services link.

  7. Click Add and specify the IP address of a server in the tree that has eDirectory installed on it, then click Next.

  8. On the Novell Open Enterprise Server Configuration page, click Next.

  9. When you reach the User Authentication Method page, do not change the Authentication Method.

  10. On the New Local User page, do not create a local user.

  11. After the server boots, make sure the GRUB boot loader is set to run the Xen kernel:

    1. On the desktop, click Computer > YaST.

    2. In YaST, click System > Boot Loader.

    3. Make sure there is a check mark by the XEN label. If a different option is marked, select XEN and click the Set as Default button.

    4. Click Finish.

    5. Close YaST and restart the server.

The server is now prepared to function as a Xen VM host server.