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10.3. Installing Drivers during the Windows Installation
Procedure 10.3. Installing virtio drivers during the Windows installation
Install the virtio-win packageUse the following command to install the virtio-win package:
# yum install virtio-win
Create the guest virtual machine
ImportantCreate the virtual machine, as normal, without starting the virtual machine. Follow one of the procedures below.Select one of the following guest-creation methods, and follow the instructions.
Create the guest virtual machine with virshThis method attaches the virtio driver floppy disk to a Windows guest before the installation.If the virtual machine is created from an XML definition file with
virsh, use the
virsh definecommand not the
- Create, but do not start, the virtual machine. Refer to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Virtualization Administration Guide for details on creating virtual machines with the
- Add the driver disk as a virtualized floppy disk with the
virshcommand. This example can be copied and used if there are no other virtualized floppy devices attached to the guest virtual machine. Note that vm_name should be replaced with the name of the virtual machine.
# virsh attach-disk vm_name /usr/share/virtio-win/virtio-win.vfd fda --type floppy
Create the guest virtual machine with virt-manager and changing the disk type
- At the final step of the virt-manager guest creation wizard, check the Customize configuration before install check box.
Figure 10.16. The virt-manager guest creation wizardClick on the Finish button to continue.
Open the Add Hardware wizardClick the Add Hardware button in the bottom left of the new panel.
Select storage deviceStorage is the default selection in the Hardware type list.
Figure 10.17. The Add new virtual hardware wizardEnsure the Select managed or other existing storage radio button is selected. Click Browse....
Figure 10.18. Select managed or existing storageIn the new window that opens, click Browse Local. Navigate to
/usr/share/virtio-win/virtio-win.vfd, and click Select to confirm.Change Device type to Floppy disk, and click Finish to continue.
Figure 10.19. Change the Device type
Confirm settingsReview the device settings.
Figure 10.20. The virtual machine hardware information windowYou have now created a removable device accessible by your virtual machine.
Change the hard disk typeTo change the hard disk type from IDE Disk to Virtio Disk, we must first remove the existing hard disk, Disk 1. Select the disk and click on the Remove button.
Figure 10.21. The virtual machine hardware information windowAdd a new virtual storage device by clicking Add Hardware. Then, change the Device type from IDE disk to Virtio Disk. Click Finish to confirm the operation.
Figure 10.22. The virtual machine hardware information window
Ensure settings are correctReview the settings for VirtIO Disk 1.
Figure 10.23. The virtual machine hardware information windowWhen you are satisfied with the configuration details, click the Begin Installation button.
Create the guest virtual machine with virt-installAppend the following parameter exactly as listed below to add the driver disk to the installation with the
ImportantIf the device you wish to add is a
disk(that is, not a
cdrom), you will also need to add the
bus=virtiooption to the end of the
--diskparameter, like so:
--disk path=/usr/share/virtio-win/virtio-win.vfd,device=disk,bus=virtioAccording to the version of Windows you are installing, append one of the following options to the
Additional steps for driver installationDuring the installation, additional steps are required to install drivers, depending on the type of Windows guest.
Windows Server 2003Before the installation blue screen repeatedly press F6 for third party drivers.
Figure 10.24. The Windows Setup screenPress S to install additional device drivers.
Figure 10.25. The Windows Setup screen
Figure 10.26. The Windows Setup screenPress Enter to continue the installation.
Windows Server 2008Follow the same procedure for Windows Server 2003, but when the installer prompts you for the driver, click on Load Driver, point the installer to
Drive A:and pick the driver that suits your guest operating system and architecture.