This is the second part in my Commodity XenServer series. Check out Part 1 here.
The XenServer Install
Now that I had the basic system stable and ready to roll, I fired up the XenServer install CD. (At this point, I was running a SATA hardrive, with an IDE DVD-ROM Drive.)
The installer would run fine up until the point where I had to choose where I wanted to install from. When I selected the local DVD drive, I would get the error message, “Base installation repository was not found at that location. Please check and try again.”
After searching the Citrix support forums, I found that other people were having the same issue, but nobody had any answers yet. So I did a ton of troubleshooting:
-I re-downloaded and burned another copy of the installer
-I tried installing via FTP and NFS
-I disabled all non-essential BIOS functions
-I removed all non-essential hardware
None of these worked, but I got a tip from the Citrix forums–That the issue probably had something to do with hard disks/SATA/IDE. So I tried disabling all unused IDE/SATA channels, which was a no go.
I then swapped out the IDE DVD drive for a SATA DVD drive and disabled all IDE channels on the motherboard–And it worked!
I posted my results in this Citrix forum thread.
As I’m looking at the thread, it looks like there is another workaround, without having to go to SATA: (From the thread)
After starting the install and selecting the keyboard …
1) Hit Alt+F2 to switch to another console window
2) enter “modprobe ide-generic” return
3] switch back to the install window by hitting Alt+F1
After I got this issue worked out, everything else fell into place, and I came up with a working XenServer 5.0 Update 3 install.
The only other issuing I am still having is that the onboard NIC is realtek, and I can’t seem to get working drivers–This is not a big deal though, since I threw in a Netgear NIC I had laying around, and then bought an Intel Pro dual-nic PCI card, which XenServer had drivers for out-of-the-box.
This wraps up the Xen-Server install, which I am happy to say is humming along just fine with 5 VMs currently active.