If after booting your vm, you realize that you forget to add a special block from dom0, it is still possible to add it when your vm are running. If you read the man page of xen :

# man xm

you will see that you need to do that :

# xm block-attach our_domU_id phy:/dev/hda /dev/sda rw

to add the real block device :


from dom0 to a domU. But it doesn't work actually, and you will get this error :

Error: Invalid mode
Usage: xm block-attach <Domain> <BackDev> <FrontDev> <Mode>
Create a new virtual block device.

Strange, as the mode in the man page did say :




Actually, you have to specify another mode, w instead of rw, and r instead of ro. So, you have to type this :

# xm block-attach our_domU_id phy:/dev/hda /dev/sda w

and it will work.