Ubuntu Natty Narwhal and Xen

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May 032011

I was in the mood to refresh a few of my Xen virtual machines, and saw that Ubuntu 11.04 had been released, so I figured I’d give it a try. Ubuntu has typically been pretty decent under Xen, working well as either a hardware virtualized (HVM) or paravirtualized (PV) guest, but standards appear to have slipped with this latest release. I ran into problems with natty properly detecting and using both the NIC and the hard disk at multiple points in the install and setup. The instructions below will walk you through setting up a paravirtualized guest running Ubuntu 11.04. The instructions are pretty standard for any moderately recent release of Ubuntu or Debian, with the gotcha’s specific to Ubuntu 11.04 specifically marked.
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