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Re: [Xen-users] XPC: Where to start?

To: "Nicolas Vilz 'niv'" <niv@xxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [Xen-users] XPC: Where to start?
From: Boris Quiroz <bquiroz.work@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2010 08:52:40 -0400
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2010/9/8 Nicolas Vilz 'niv' <niv@xxxxxxxxxx>:
> On 09/08/10 11:24, Buckminster Katt wrote:
>> I'm actually no stranger to virtualization, but XCP is just stumping me.
>> I've been logged in as root... tried xe... I've used the xsconsole...
>> I've used the XenAPI viewer... but nothing seems to get me what I
>> actually need.
>> I've read the documentation, and it tells me a great deal about Xen and
>> XCP, but not what I need to actually do to get a VM running and
>> installable.
>> Can someone give me the basic shell commands I need to initialize a
>> sample VM to the point where I can VNC to it from another server and
>> install an OS. In this case, I happen to be install Vista. Otherwise,
>> could someone point me to a "Getting started guide" for the impatient?
>> I'm running 0.5.
>> Or have I completely missed the preferred method for controlling XCP? It
>> seems I can't run OpenXenManager, since it requires Ubuntu or Debian.
>> Thanks in advance.
> from what i know, i can say, xcp is organized in templates, which are fed on
> xenstore. You actually use xe cli-tool to create your vms and modify them.
> The latest version of xcp has some templates in stock which cover the latest
> centos/redhat/debian/suse/windows systems. Some of them are for hvm, some of
> them are for paravirt.
> According to your system, not all of them can be used on your hardware, if
> your hardware doesn't support hvm. XCP tells you that on installation.
> I spent one weekend to figure that out because the documentation is ... lets
> say... very plain. xe made me mad, but i got used to it.
> You will probably use xe help|grep or xe help|less to get the information,
> you want. Explore the existing templates. For netinstall templates (mostly
> all debian ones), you will have to get a decent internet connection. UMTS
> and netinstall is probably not, what you want.
> Once you have a template running an installer, vnc is most likely spawned
> and listening on localhost, so you probably want to ssh tunnel to your local
> box and access it from there. For some templates you have to modify the
> template a bit to have networking and that stuff...
> Good luck.
> Sincerly
> Nicolas
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Try installing Open Xen Manager [1]. It will help you a lot with the
administration of XCP. In [2] you can find very good documentation
about XCP. I strongly disagree when you said that documentation is


1. http://www.openxenmanager.com/
2. http://www.xen.org/support/documentation.html

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