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[Xen-users] Which distro to use for Dom0

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Subject: [Xen-users] Which distro to use for Dom0
From: Donny Brooks <dbrooks@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2011 09:20:15 -0600
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When I first started using Xen I was on Ubuntu 8.04 with the version of Xen that shipped with it. Now here at work I have had to move to a Centos based Dom0 due to the dell OMSA requirement of an rpm based os. I have found good sources on how to install OMSA on just about any linux distribution so I am now in the market for a new setup. Centos is fine but I was wondering if there was something else out there that would be better for the dom0.

All of my servers are Dell's and have 2 or 4 nics which I have and can bond together and pass a trunk through. We now have an iSCSI SAN that I need thrown in the mix. Do I need to dedicate half the nics for the iSCSI or just pass the vlan to the domu's? I am unclear on this part.

Here is what we need for the distro/xen:

Live/automatic domu failover
Easy upgrade path between xen versions
Preferably web-based dom0 administration (not totally needed but is nice for the others in my office)

What is the best distribution to accomplish this with the greatest of ease/administration?

Thanks in advance

Donny B.

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