kernel-xen does not support OProfile on AMD Family 15h processors without any additional settings. Specify the following configuration in the
/etc/modprobe.conf file in order to enable OProfile:
options oprofile timer=1
With the above module parameter, the level of OProfile support matches the OProfile support of a bare metal kernel: no hardware performance counter support is available in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.7 for AMD Family 15h processors using kernel or kernel-xen. (BZ#720587
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.7 Xen guests may experience crashes if memory cgroups are used with more than 1 vCPU on a host without the EPT or NPT features. Possible workarounds include:
Run the guest on a HAP (Host Access Protocol) enabled host if the memory cgroups feature is required.
Disable memory cgroups by adding the following option to the guest's kernel command line:
On Intel platforms with VT-d enabled, the frame buffer of a fully-virtualized Xen guest with 4GB or more RAM might not be displayed correctly. To work around this issue, create the guest with additional memory (e.g. 2GB more than desired), close the guest, then recreate the guest with the desired amount of RAM. (BZ#511398
Xen guests will not boot using configurations that bind multiple virtualized CPUs to a single CPU. (BZ#570056
The Xen hypervisor will not start when booting from an iSCSI disk. To work around this issue, disable the Xen hypervisor's EDD feature with the "edd=off" kernel parameter. For example:
kernel /xen.gz edd=off
With certain hardware,
may not function as expected, resulting in slow disk I/O causing the guest to operate slowly also. To work around this issue, guests should be installed using a physical disk (i.e. a real partition or a logical volume). (BZ#545692
When booting paravirtualized guests that support gigabyte page tables (i.e. a Fedora 11 guest) on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.7 Xen, the domain may fail to start if more than 2047MB of memory is configured for the domain. To work around this issue, pass the "
" parameter on the guest kernel command-line. (BZ#502826)
Boot parameters are required to enable SR/IOV Virtual Function devices. SR/IOV Virtual Function devices can only be accessed if the parameter pci_pt_e820_access=on is added to the boot stanza in the /boot/grub/grub.conf file. For example:
title Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server (2.6.18-152.el5xen)
kernel /xen.gz-2.6.18-152.el5 com1=115200,8n1 console=com1 iommu=1
module /vmlinuz-2.6.18-152.el5xen ro root=LABEL=/ console=ttyS0,115200
This enables the MMCONF access method for the PCI configuration space, a requirement for VF device support
Diskette drive media will not be accessible when using the virtualized kernel. To work around this, use a USB-attached diskette drive instead.
Note that diskette drive media works well with other non-virtualized kernels. (BZ#401081
Fully virtualized guests cannot correct for time lost due to the domain being paused and unpaused. Being able to correctly track the time across pause and unpause events is one of the advantages of paravirtualized kernels. This issue is being addressed upstream with replaceable timers, so fully virtualized guests will have paravirtualized timers. Currently, this code is under development upstream and should be available in later versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. (BZ#422531
The following note applies to x86_64 Architectures:
The following note applies to the ia64 Architecture:
On some Itanium systems configured for console output to VGA, the
dom0 virtualized kernel may fail to boot. This is because the virtualized kernel failed to properly detect the default console device from the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) settings.
When this occurs, add the boot parameter
to the kernel boot options in
On some Itanium systems (such as the Hitachi Cold Fusion 3e), the serial port cannot be detected in
dom0 when VGA is enabled by the EFI Maintenance Manager. As such, you need to supply the following serial port information to the
Speed in bits/second
Number of data bits
These details must be specified in the
append= line of the
dom0 kernel in
/boot/efi/elilo.conf. For example:
append="com1=19200,8n1,0x3f8 -- quiet rhgb console=tty0 console=ttyS0,19200n8"
In this example,
is the serial port,
is the speed (in bits/second),
specifies the number of data bits/parity settings, and
Virtualization does not work on some architectures that use Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA). As such, installing the virtualized kernel on systems that use NUMA will result in a boot failure.
Some installation numbers install the virtualized kernel by default. If you have such an installation number and your system uses NUMA and does not work with kernel-xen, deselect the Virtualization option during installation.