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3.3.4. Converting a remote Xen virtual machine

Xen virtual machines can be converted remotely using SSH. Ensure that the host running the virtual machine is accessible via SSH.
To convert the virtual machine, run:
virt-v2v -ic qemu+ssh:// -op pool --bridge bridge_name  guest_name
Where is the host running the virtual machine, pool is the local storage pool to hold the image, bridge_name is the name of a local network bridge to connect the converted virtual machine's network to, and guest_name is the name of the Xen virtual machine.
You may also use the --network parameter to connect to a locally managed network if your virtual machine only has a single network interface. If your virtual machine has multiple network interfaces, edit /etc/virt-v2v.conf to specify the network mapping for all interfaces.
If your virtual machine uses a Xen paravirtualized kernel (it would be called something like kernel-xen or kernel-xenU) virt-v2v will attempt to install a new kernel during the conversion process. You can avoid this requirement by installing a regular kernel, which will not reference a hypervisor in its name, alongside the Xen kernel prior to conversion. You should not make this newly installed kernel your default kernel, because Xen will not boot it. virt-v2v will make it the default during conversion.


When converting from Xen, virt-v2v requires that the image of the source virtual machine exists in a storage pool. If the image is not currently in a storage pool, you must create one. Contact Red Hat Support for assistance creating an appropriate storage pool.