I followed the instructions in https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Xen. Well, the first two steps. After the reboot, I am presented with:

Loading Xen 4.9-amd_64 ...
WARNING: no console will be available to OS
Loading Linux 4.15.0-20-generic ...
Loading initial ramdisk ...

Nothing more.

Does anyone run Ubuntu as dom0 in Xen these days? This is on a new HP Z8 workstation with dual "silver xeon 4114" which should have all the requisite functions.

I am a bit concerned about the lack of much detail in the BIOS. About the only thing I can tweak is the Hyper-threading setting.

  • I did eventually stumble in the BIOS settings page to enable all the requisite hypervisor settings: hidden under "security" TAB. Unfortunately, the boot still failed in the same manner, so I have given up on trying to get this to work for now. XenServer did install and run, and Qubes-OS is running, so ubuntu should run as dom0. – amgems May 4 '18 at 1:56
  • Having the same problem and not solution yet, but it is helpful to add this to <code>/etc/default/grub</code>: 'GRUB_CMDLINE_XEN="noreboot". This stops the system to reboot after Xen fails. I did get error messages displayed I did not see before. Only disadvantage: you need to reboot manually. – CatMan May 10 '18 at 12:20

I ran into similar problems with an ASUS PRIME-B250M-C/CSM motherboard. I tweaked the UEFI settings: disable FastBoot enable CSM (compatibility support mode) and then the system pauses after the above boot messages, but then gets Ubuntu-18.04 server started.

Also, note that the Xen kernel does not expose EFI variables to Dom0, so efibootmgr(8) fails.

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