New 4.9.11-22 Kernels And Linux-firmware Packages To Test In Xen-testing For CentOS-6 And CentOS-7

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I have pushed some new kernels and linux-firmware packages to the xen-testing repos for both CentOS-6 and CentOS-7. The CentOS-7 packages may take a few hours to make it to the repo.

The CentOS-6 repo also contains a newer xfsprogs as that is required with newer kernels (https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1314605).

This kernel (and supplementary xfsprogs, linux-firmware) are scheduled to be the replacements for the 3.18.x LTS tree that has gone EOL from Kernel.org. We can maintain the 4.9 LTS tree until January 2019
(https://www.kernel.org/category/releases.html).

We have added in blktap2 support to this kernel, please test that functionality if you need it, it seems to be working to me.

We really need people to test this kernel and associated packages thoroughly so we can find and fix issues before release.

Please post any issues or questions on this list.

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    OK, just tagged 4.9.13-22.el7 (and .el6) to the testing repos for xen on c6 and c7 as this fixes the new dccp kernel issue.

    Only have one person reporting good tests so far. We need more testing or we risk to breaking people’s systems when we release later.

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  • Hi

    So far, I did some preliminary testing using nested virt:

    host(L0): Fedora 25, kernel-4.9.11-200, kvm+qemu

    Guest(L1): CentOS 7 Xen-4.6.3-7, kernel-4.9.11-22

    So far, at least the L1 setup had no issues. I’ll need to pull L1
    guest-storage from backup to test some L2 guests.

    Likewise, I try to allocate two blades at work for tests on real metal. Our standard-tests include starting CentOS-5/6/7 guests and migrate them around. I hope to get this done next week, but I need company approval for that, which seems doable, as we use Xen4CentOS in production :)
    Running diverse CentOS versions and some Windows Server guests and being capable of migrating the whole shebang around from machine to machine is our daily use case. That includes PV, HVM+PV and PVHVM guest types, which is pretty comprehensive to me.

    Let me know, if you are interested in more detailed settings/setup/tests and I will see, what I can run.

    Rest assured, that this work is much needed and appreciated. We run almost 1000 virtual machines on about 70 blades using Xen4CentOS since day 1. This new kernel gives us the latest drivers in Dom0, something which is highly desired, as we are seeing issues occasionally, like bnx2x oops-ing on broadcom 10G interfaces.

    Regards, Thomas

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    Hello, is this kernel is also for KVM hosts? If not, will be? I use elrepo now…

    T.Weyergraf wrote:

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    Hello, is this kernel is also for KVM hosts? If not, will be? I use elrepo now…

    T.Weyergraf wrote:

    Hi

    So far, I did some preliminary testing using nested virt:

    host(L0): Fedora 25, kernel-4.9.11-200, kvm+qemu

    Guest(L1): CentOS 7 Xen-4.6.3-7, kernel-4.9.11-22

    So far, at least the L1 setup had no issues. I’ll need to pull L1
    guest-storage from backup to test some L2 guests.

    Likewise, I try to allocate two blades at work for tests on real
    metal. Our standard-tests include starting CentOS-5/6/7 guests and
    migrate them around. I hope to get this done next week, but I need
    company approval for that, which seems doable, as we use Xen4CentOS in
    production :)
    Running diverse CentOS versions and some Windows Server guests and
    being capable of migrating the whole shebang around from machine to
    machine is our daily use case. That includes PV, HVM+PV and PVHVM
    guest types, which is pretty comprehensive to me.

    Let me know, if you are interested in more detailed
    settings/setup/tests and I will see, what I can run.

    Rest assured, that this work is much needed and appreciated. We run
    almost 1000 virtual machines on about 70 blades using Xen4CentOS since
    day 1. This new kernel gives us the latest drivers in Dom0, something
    which is highly desired, as we are seeing issues occasionally, like
    bnx2x oops-ing on broadcom 10G interfaces.

    Regards,
    Thomas

    On 02/27/2017 02:00 PM, Johnny Hughes wrote:

    On 02/21/2017 11:40 AM, Johnny Hughes wrote:

    I have pushed some new kernels and linux-firmware packages to the
    xen-testing repos for both CentOS-6 and CentOS-7.  The CentOS-7 packages
    may take a few hours to make it to the repo.

    The CentOS-6 repo also contains a newer xfsprogs as that is required
    with newer kernels (https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id14605).

    This kernel (and supplementary xfsprogs, linux-firmware) are scheduled
    to be the replacements for the 3.18.x LTS tree that has gone EOL from
    Kernel.org.  We can maintain the 4.9 LTS tree until January 2019
    (https://www.kernel.org/category/releases.html).

    We have added in blktap2 support to this kernel, please test that
    functionality if you need it, it seems to be working to me.

    We really need people to test this kernel and associated packages
    thoroughly so we can find and fix issues before release.

    Please post any issues or questions on this list.

    OK, just tagged 4.9.13-22.el7 (and .el6) to the testing repos for xen on
    c6 and c7 as this fixes the new dccp kernel issue.

    Only have one person reporting good tests so far.  We need more testing
    or we risk to breaking people’s systems when we release later.

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  • No, don’t get that confused. As of lately, Fedora 25 has updated to kernel 4.9.11 as well. But this is just coincidence. This is not the Xen4CentOS Dom0 testing-kernel, but the package from Fedora’s update repos. That testing kernel is used on the guest along with Xen4CentOS
    Xen hypervisor packages to make a Xen4CentOS (7) virtualization host as guest on kvm.

    I just happen to run my workstation with Fedora+KVM. For any virtualization testing, I use nested virt and create Xen virtualization hosts as kvm guests for testing puposes.

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