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

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Subject: Re: [Xen-users] XPC: Where to start?
From: Nicolas Vilz 'niv' <niv@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 08 Sep 2010 19:24:45 +0200
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On 09/08/10 14:52, Boris Quiroz wrote:
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

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.


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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

Ok, what I miss (that could be found in an administration or in that installation guide, i guess):

(1) step-by-step howto copy&change existing templates with xe
(2) Some wizzards to create my own templates which i can change in return. Perhaps that is what xapi is for, to code that yourself...

I admit, I haven't had a look at Open Xen Manager yet.


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