Boot guest OS with PXE [closed]

asked 2013-05-23 17:08:26 -0600

David Hill gravatar image

updated 2013-05-24 17:24:37 -0600

smaffulli gravatar image

I was trying to PXE boot a guest for quite some time now and I think I’ve found a solution that is kind of hackish but pretty simple. I’m not quite sure it’s good to go in trunk but felt like I’d share it since I’ve been messing a while on this. If anybody have a better solution, I would really like to hear/see/try it …

Here is how I did it:

First, patch the libvirt/ file:

 --- /usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/nova/virt/libvirt/ 2013-05-10 16:25:17.787862177 +0000
 +++ /usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/nova/virt/libvirt/ 2013-05-10 16:26:39.442022870 +0000
 @@ -87,6 +87,9 @@
 LOG = logging.getLogger(__name__)

libvirt_opts = [
 + cfg.StrOpt('default_guest_boot_dev',
 + default='hd',
 + help='Sets the default guest boot device'),
                 help='Rescue ami image'),
 @@ -1792,7 +1795,7 @@
 - guest.os_boot_dev = "hd"
 + guest.os_boot_dev = FLAGS.default_guest_boot_dev

         if FLAGS.libvirt_type != "lxc" and FLAGS.libvirt_type != "uml":
              guest.acpi = True

And add to nova.conf:


And finally add to /etc/dnsmasq.conf


And restart dnsmasq.conf

In my actual setup, the guest will PXE boot, show the menu 60 seconds and then boot from hard disk after the 60 seconds timeout.

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Closed for the following reason not a real question by smaffulli
close date 2013-05-24 17:25:50.957623


Hi Dave,

Thanks for posting your work - a useful feature for many, I'm sure.

Since this is related to extending OpenStack, I think a post on the development mailing list might get some good attention and help plan a way forward:

fifieldt gravatar imagefifieldt ( 2013-05-23 17:32:42 -0600 )edit

I've did that... Hopefully, I'll have some sort of answers because I don't want to have to maintain a parallel branch with my own set of patches for Nova!

David Hill gravatar imageDavid Hill ( 2013-05-24 09:11:32 -0600 )edit

Thanks Deechill! This was post was right on time. Very useful!

syspimp gravatar imagesyspimp ( 2013-06-02 09:46:04 -0600 )edit