SolusVM 1.8.00 Now Supports Scientific Linux for Xen PV

SolusVM has added support for EL-derivative Scientific Linux to the list of supported distros on Xen PV. This new feature was formally introduced in version 1.8.00 earlier this week. For now we have added a x86_64 Scientific template but more may be added in the future. As always please read the Notes section on the download page for deployment advice....

CentOS Project Has Announced 6.1 CR Repository

The CentOS 6.1 CR repository is online, allowing CentOS 6.0 users to begin using the new packages ahead of the official 6.1 release.

Update 2011-09-30: The new kernel (2.6.32-131.12.1.el6) has finally landed in the CR repo. We have confirmed that it does use the new sda -> xvde mapping code.

SolusVM CentOS 6 Xen PV template users should implement the changes in an advisory we published in mid-July regarding a kernel change in the EL 6.1 series that impacts block device mapping under Xen PV for CentOS 6.1 guests. The essence of this change is that the vm config file for all CentOS 6 virtual servers should use xvda* nodes. If you are already using xvda naming by default then nothing is required. If you are using sda naming by default you will need to override that behavior for each CentOS 6 template you have deployed. For reference here is what your CentOS 6 VM config files should look like:

CentOS 5.7 Images and Templates Available For Download

CentOS released version 5.7 yesterday. Minimal and Gnome Desktop templates are available for Xen, KVM, VMWare and SolusVM for both x86 and x86_64 architectures. A minimal XCP template is also available for x86_64 only.

CentOS 5.7 x86 Downloads
CentOS 5.7 x86_64 Downloads

Scientific Linux 5.7 Images and Templates Available For Download

Scientific Linux released version 5.7 yesterday. Minimal 64-bit images/templates are available for Xen, VMWare, KVM and XCP versions.

Scientific Linux 5.7 x86_64 Downloads

From the Scientific Linux Website:
"SL is a Linux release put together by Fermilab, CERN, and various other labs and universities around the world. The base SL distribution is basically Enterprise Linux, recompiled from source."

Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot Beta 1

Beta 1 images of 64-bit Ubuntu 11.10 for Xen, VMWare and QEMU/KVM are now ready. The production release is expected in mid-October. At that time we will expand the downloads to include 32-bit images and expand the available platforms to include XCP and SolusVM.

CentOS News and Notes on Upcoming Releases

  • According to this item CentOS 5.7 is nearing completion. The CentOS developers have introduced a "CR" repository for users who want to install 5.7 packages into a 5.6 system ahead of the official release. In our testing this approach seems to work well.
  • CentOS 6.1 is also approaching. As of this writing there is no CR repository for the 6 series. All SolusVM users planning to upgrade from 6.0 to 6.1 (whether via a CR repo or a straight upgrade) are urged to read this tech note.

Linux 3.0.1 Xen domU Kernels

Version 3 of the Linux kernel is starting to show up in various distro repos (eg the forthcoming Ubuntu 11.10). Continuing our tradition of building smallish, lightweight kernels that can be plugged into various domU guests, we have built x86 and x86_64 Xen PV kernels.

Download Linux 3.0.1 domU 32-bit
Download Linux 3.0.1 domU 64-bit

Updated OpenSuse 11.4 Images and Templates Available For Download

The OpenSuse 11.4 templates have been been rebuilt: this brings in all package updates from upstream as well as tweaks and improvements described below. The 32-bit paravirtualized Xen image has been dropped, however a 64-bit XCP PV template has been added. VMWare and KVM images are still available for both architectures.

OpenSuse 11.4 x86 Downloads
OpenSuse 11.4 x86-64 Downloads

Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot Preview

Please check out alpha 3 versions of 64-bit Ubuntu 11.10 for Xen, VMWare and QEMU/KVM.

Scientific Linux 6.1 Images Available For Download

Scientific Linux released version 6.1 yesterday. Minimal images/templates are available for Xen, VMWare and KVM in 32 and 64-bit versions. We have added a 64-bit XVA/XCP template as well.

Scientific Linux 6.1 x86 Downloads
Scientific Linux 6.1 x86-64 Downloads

From the Scientific Linux Website:
"SL is a Linux release put together by Fermilab, CERN, and various other labs and universities around the world. The base SL distribution is basically Enterprise Linux, recompiled from source."

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