This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to install Xen (version 3.0.1) on a Debian Sarge (3.1) system.
Xen lets you create guest operating systems (*nix operating systems like Linux and FreeBSD), so called “virtual machines” or domUs, under a host operating system (dom0). Using Xen you can separate your applications into different virtual machines that are totally independent from each other (e.g. a virtual machine for a mail server, a virtual machine for a high-traffic web site, another virtual machine that serves your customers’ web sites, a virtual machine for DNS, etc.), but still use the same hardware. This saves money, and what is even more important, it’s more secure. If the virtual machine of your DNS server gets hacked, it has no effect on your other virtual machines. Plus, you can move virtual machines from one Xen server to the next one.
Via The Perfect Xen 3.0.1 Setup For Debian | HowtoForge – Linux Howtos and Tutorials.
This howto works for other distros as well.
I’ve gone this far without ever having to compile a kernel … until now. 🙂 Though the howto is a bit dated, I downloaded the latest xen distro here. (xen 4.1.1)