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[Xen-users] Installing CentOS 5.1 as DomU

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Subject: [Xen-users] Installing CentOS 5.1 as DomU
From: "Brian Stempin" <brian.stempin@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2008 22:37:30 -0400
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Hi all,

So, I've been using http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/Xen/InstallingCentOSDomU as a guide to installing CentOS on my Ubuntu 7.04 Dom0.  Here's what I've done:

1.  I downloaded the CentOS 5.1 DVD via the official bit torrent file hosted on the CentOS mirrors
2.  I've mounted the ISO file as a loop back device on Dom0
3.  I've passed this device to one of my DomUs.  I would have just copied this ISO to the DomU, but the DomU does not have enough space to host the image.  This DomU is running Ubuntu 7.04 and Apache 2.
4.  I shared the contents of the ISO via apache.  I've verified that I can navigate to the HTTP site via a second machine and that I can browse and download the contents just fine.
5.  Using a config file very similar to the one in the guide in step 1 (the only things that are really changed are the names, paths, etc), I booted the CentOS 5 kernel.
6.  I set the installation to do an HTTP install and pointed it to the address of the DomU hosting the contents of the DVD ISO.

That's as far as I've gotten.  The installation seems to hang after several hours.  It complains that luci-0.10.0-6.el5.centos.1.i386.rpm is either corrupt or unusable.  If I look at the Apache logs for the site hosting the RPMs, I can see that the installation re-downloads the package in question ever 15-20 or so minutes.

Has anyone else had this problem?  My Google-fu seems to come up short.  Any help is appreciated. 

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