Fedora Test Days

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What are Fedora Test Days


Fedora Tests Days and Xen


Preparing the Host

It may sound obvious, but the first thing one needs to test how Xen works on a new Alpha/Beta release of Fedora, is an host system equipped with such a release installed. This section will quickly go through the steps to get there.

Obtaining the Install Media

During Beta phase, a reasonable image to download for your testing can usually be found here. (Note that, in all the subsection below, the 18-Beta-TC6 part is just a placeholder; all are valid URLs at the time of writing, but it should be changed accordingly, depending on when testing happens.)

DVD or Live Images

Full DVD installer images are available here:


While LiveCD images can be fetched at this url:



in a PXEboot environment, kernel and RAMfs for the installer can be downloaded via the following commands

   wget https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt/stage/18-Beta-TC6/Fedora/x86_64/os/images/pxeboot/initrd.img
   wget https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt/stage/18-Beta-TC6/Fedora/x86_64/os/images/pxeboot/vmlinuz

Using a Live CD

A LiveCD can be used as well. Although probably less powerful as a testing environment, it may turn out to be very convenient, in case you don't have any spare hardware handy. Instruction on how to create a Fedora Live CD can be found [XXX here].

Installing Fedora on the Host

This should happen in the usual way you install Fedora. Given the very specific purpose of this installation (testing running VM with Xen on Fedora), anything you can find in the Categories Category:Host Install and Category:Host Configuration on this Wiki can be considered useful.

Also, the Fedora Host Installation (still on this Wiki) contains some more specific information about the subject, especially useful post-install Xen-related configuration tips.