Sles 11 sp 2 xen running a sles 11 sp 2 guest. para-virtualized guest. The guest is slow to start but functioning. However, I attempt to login to the gui to use the desktop and that process never finishes. Even after hours of waiting, I don't get to the desktop. I only have the greyed out splash screen with the whirling indicator whirling around. So, I attempt to access the server using ssh and I am able to enter a user name and a password but I never do get to a server prompt where I can work on the server.

I am not the most experienced linux admin but do have a several years of experience. I need some fairly detail instructions on how to get this dom u so I can determine what is causing these problems. I would appreciate any help at all. Thank you.