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
Managing Guest OS Types
Cole Robinson created a patch to provide a
--list-os-options option to
virt-convert. Output from this option would be used to help users determine the appropriate argument for
--os-type option is used to
"Optimize the guest configuration for a type of operating system. This will
attempt to pick the most suitable ACPI & APIC settings, optimally supported
mouse drivers and generally accommodate other operating system quirks."
This touched off a discussion of how such information is managed. Daniel P. Berrange pointed out shortcomings in the current approach and perscribed the following fixes, and supplied an example XML file.
- An XML schema for defining all the information wrt to guest OS distros that is relevant to virt management tools.
- A C library for querying the information in the XML file(s).
- Bindings of the C library into Python/Ruby etc as needed
- Ability for local admins to extend / override the information either by editing the XML files directly, or a pretty GUI
Fedora Virtualization List
This section contains the discussion happening on the fedora-virt list.
User Interface Makeover for virt-manager
Daniel P. Berrange pointed out
"there's a significant redesign of
in progress" and brought
attention to Cole Robinson's 'New VM' wizard makeover.
"Many more design improvements are targetted for the next few virt-manager
releases, impacting nearly every area of the UI, so keep an eye out for
more UI review postings during F12 timeframe too."
New Release virtinst 0.4.2
is a module that helps build and install
libvirt based virtual
machines. It currently supports
Xen virtual machines. Package
includes several command line utilities, including
and install new VMs) and
virt-clone (clone an existing virtual machine).
--original-xml, allows cloning a guest from an xml file, rather than require an existing, defined guest.
--import, allows creating a guest from an existing disk image, bypassing any OS install phase.
--host-device, for connecting a physical host device to the guest.
- Allow specifying 'cache' value via
--diskoptions (Ben Kochie)
- Lots of backend cleanups and documentation improvements.
Fedora Xen List
This section contains the discussion happening on the fedora-xen list.
dom0 Kernel Inches Closer
Pasi Kärkkäinen walked the bleeding edge while testing Xen dom0 host support. Using Fedora 10 with Xen 3.3.1-9 from Rawhide and a custom built 2.6.29-rc7 pv_ops dom0 kernel the system boots, but
virt-manager fail with the error "
Unsupported virtualization type 'xen'".
It seems that
/sys/hypervisor/properties/capabilities is not present for some unknown reason.
This section contains the discussion happening on the libvir-list.
oVirt Devel List
This section contains the discussion happening on the ovirt-devel list.