Xen Solutions

The Xen solutions including installing and configuring Dom0 and DomU are summarized here. This post will be updated when our solution changes. Only the latest tested stable solutions are listed here. LVM volumes as backing for DomU’s file system is an appealing solution to Xen VBD. LVM volumes can dynamically grow/shrink and snapshot. These features […]

Setting Up Xen Dom0 on Fedora : Xen 3.4.1 with Linux Kernel 2.6.29 on Fedora 12

Please refer to Xen Solutions for the latest stable Xen Dom0 solution. In this post, the detailed tutorial for setting up Xen 3.4.1 dom0 on top of Fedora 12 with kernel 2.6.29 will be introduced. Hardware: Dom0 hardware platform: Motherboard: INTEL S5500BC S5500 Quad Core Xeon Server Board CPU: 2 x Intel Quad Core Xeon […]

An I/O Performance Comparison Between loopback Backed and blktap Backed Xen File-backed VBD

I have done some I/O performance benchmark test of Xen DomU. For easier management, some of our DomU VMs are using file-backed VBDs. Previously, our VMs are using Loopback-mounted file-backed VBDs. But blktap-based support are recommended by Xen community. Before considering changing from loopback based VBD to blktap based VBD, I have done this performance […]

How to Duplicate Xen DomU Virtual Machines

Assumption: There are VBD based Xen DomU virtual machines stored under /lhome/xen/vm-f11-sample/. There are two files under vm-f11-sample: vm0-f11.run (The configuration file) and vmdisk0 (The virtual disk). Now we want to duplicate the virtual machine vm0 stored under vm-f11-sample to vm-10.0.0.213 which is stored under vm-10.0.0.213. And vm-10.0.0.213’s ip will be 10.0.0.213. The steps to […]

A Simple CPU and Memory Performance Test of Xen Dom0 and DomU

Please refer to Setting Up Xen Dom0 on Fedora : Xen 3.4.1 with Linux Kernel 2.6.29 on Fedora 12 for the platform of this test (this test runs on Fedora 11, however). I have done some simple performance test on DomU and Dom0 and compare with the performance on physical machines. These test are simple, […]

Compiling 2.6.29 Kernel Module for VMware Workstation 6.5.2 or VMware Player 2.5.2

为VMware Workstation 6.5.2 or VMware Player 2.5.2编译2.6.29内核模块 安装好Fedora 11后安装VMware Player 2.5.2时编译内核模块失败。查找了下相关资料,找到如下内容和解决方法。 可能的原因: “The only significant change in fedora 11 comes from gcc, which is more strict about undefined macros, and that sometimes causes vm_check_build to fail.” http://communities.vmware.com/thread/202653 解决方法: 使用一个patch: http://communities.vmware.com/thread/203231

Creating and Running Virtual Machine Using VMware Player and qemu-img

基于VMware Player, qemu-img创建和运行虚拟机 Linux系统上的免费个人虚拟机方案. 1. 创建虚拟硬盘映象文件: qemu-img create -f vmdk WindowsXPPro.vmdk 10G 2. 创建.vmx虚拟机配置文件: 这是一文本文件. WindowsXPPro.vmx内容: config.version = “8” virtualHW.version = “3” ide0:0.present = “TRUE” ide0:0.filename = “WindowsXPPro.vmdk” memsize = “256” MemAllowAutoScaleDown = “FALSE” ide1:0.present = “TRUE” ide1:0.fileName = “auto detect” ide1:0.deviceType = “cdrom-raw” ide1:0.autodetect = “TRUE” floppy0.present = “FALSE” ethernet0.present = “TRUE” usb.present = […]