- 1 Virtualization
- 1.1 Enterprise Management Tools List
- 1.2 Fedora Virtualization List
- 1.3 Fedora Xen List
- 1.4 Libvirt List
In this section, we cover discussion on the @et-mgmnt-tools-list, @fedora-xen-list, @libvirt-list and @ovirt-devel-list of Fedora virtualization technologies.
Contributing Writer: Dale Bewley
Enterprise Management Tools List
This section contains the discussion happening on the et-mgmt-tools list
New Options for Guest Cloning
Cole Robinson posted a patch to enable
"build a guest around an existing disk image, skipping the OS install step."
a patch for
virt-clone which allows for cloning from an XML file
"rather than require the use of a guest defined on the current connection."
Obtaining Guest IP Address from the Host
Thomas Mackell inquired about a way to obtain the IP address of a guest that was easier than logging into it and running
ifconfig. Cole Robinson pointed out
 which is a collection of utilities for interrogating
KVM guests. Tools included are
Fedora Virtualization List
This section contains the discussion happening on the fedora-virt list.
Fedora Virt Status Update
Qemu Packaging and noarch BIOS Firmware
The process  of building BIOS firmwares to support architecturally diverse guests on architecturally diverse hosts
is very involved and repetitive. Glauber Costa learned of changes coming to Koji which could simplify the process by allowing for bundled BIOS images to be built as "
noarch" RPMs. These would be readily available to hosts on any architecture in the repository. Save for some "second class citizens" in the repo.
Fedora Xen List
This section contains the discussion happening on the fedora-xen list.
dom0 Kernel Experimentation Continues
Michael Young continued to help others experiment with the nacent dom0 support in the
and posted another RPM. There are still significant problems precluding its use for anything beyond testing.
This section contains the discussion happening on the libvir-list.
Support for Snapshot Volumes
Nick Moffitt asked "Is there any interface to
libvirtd that allows it to create volumes that are snapshots of existing volumes?"
Daniel P. Berrange pointed out this feature was recently added to
"Basically when creating a storage volume, you just need to pass information about the backing storage volume. It'll thus create a volume which is a snapshot of this backing store."
netcf Network Interface Configuration Library
David Lutterkort has been working on the disconnect between
and host network interface configuration for some time.
(See FWN#159 "Configuring Host Interfaces RFC")
"After talking with Dan Williams, who is working in
", it became clear to David that solving this problem "is also
useful for NM and would help them with handling system-wide interface
configuration." David then began work on
Mark McLoughlin complimented the work and updated the shared network interface feature page. The goal of this feature in development is to "Enable guest virtual machines to share a physical network interface (NIC) with other guests and the host operating system. This allows guests to independently appear on the same network as the host machine."