[et-mgmt-tools] Virt-Manager Valid Install Media URLs...

Enzo Medici enzomedici at yahoo.com
Wed Nov 19 05:40:51 UTC 2008

Ok, so I've gotten a Xen kernel installed just fine and booted. Now I'm trying to get a domU installed and am having trouble with the install media urls which are not clearly explained anywhere on the internet. All I see is use a valid install url without any explanation of what that actually is. For example, you would think you could use a .iso file, but you cannot. It doesn't appear that you can use a local install extract as all I see are FTP, HTTP or NFS servers. 

1. What constitutes a valid install media URL? What does virt-manager look for at this URL?

2. How do you get a valid install media URL for a particular Linux distribution? I looked at Ubuntu
mirrors and don't see anything that looks like I can use.

3. How can you create / extract the install directory from an .iso file? I can mount the iso and copy
the contents to a directory, but what particular path do I use for the base directory for the install URL?

4. What are valid install media URLS for: Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSolaris, & Centos5?

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated. I will also add this to a blog and do a write up so that others don't go through the pain that I have.  After 24 hours of Googling, I can't find these answers and this
should certainly be part of the Xen FAQ and Virt-Manager docs too. I see a lot of similar questions, but no answers. 



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