A post for General Discussion rather than Support because it is hardly an urgent matter now in October, and I don’t want to distract any of you gurus from more important and urgent business for no good reason when there’re months to go before I get to find out the hard way. This is mainly a matter of curiosity now, so that is why I thought General more appropriately laid back than Support.
The plan is to get on down to the Boxing Day Sales after Christmas and find a replacement ex-demo laptop for this Toshiba Satellite i7 which was itself a shop demo until Boxing Day 2016, so that would make it somewhere around five(5) years old by now I suspect, and I’ve had it for almost four(4), which is a year longer than the tax department tends to fully depreciate computer hardware as far as I remember. Not a bad run, really, but it’s high time to upgrade with or without the high end Qubes 4 requisites. Everything dies, even Toshiba laptops.
This elderly Satellite doesn’t have IOMMU/VT-d / AMD-Vi (I believe the former applies to Intel i7 CPUs), and so I’ve just installed Qubes OS 4.0.3 yesterday with the PVH virtualisation mode.
My hope is that all I will need to do after bringing home my brand new ex-demo laptop and booting this very 4.0.3 system which I am writing on now from external USB HDD, is change the settings in each of the VMs from PV or PVH to HVM, and that’s that.
Not having had the chance to try it before, I would like to ask if others have managed this operation before, and if it is as simple as I hope it will be, or might there be other issues to deal with?
I discovered yesterday that it is not wise to try to change the sys-net template from Fedora-30 to Debian-10 if one wants to maintain network access, even though the option seems quite a simple manoevure at first glance. So, with that in mind, I wonder whether changing all the existing VM’s virtualisation from PV/PVH to HVM when I have the required CPU hardware might be likely to cause any hiccups?
No rush to reply, but just when you’ve got nothing much else to deal with, so that is why this is in General and not Support.
Thanks for reading.