Running Xen A Hands-on Guide to the Art of Virtualization

ISBN-10: 0132349663
ISBN-13: 9780132349666
Edition: 2008
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Description: The Real-World, 100% Practical Guide to Xen Virtualization in Production Environments nbsp; Using free, open source Xen virtualization software, you can save money, gain new flexibility, improve utilization, and simplify everything from disaster  More...

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List price: $59.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 4/6/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 624
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.980

The Real-World, 100% Practical Guide to Xen Virtualization in Production Environments nbsp; Using free, open source Xen virtualization software, you can save money, gain new flexibility, improve utilization, and simplify everything from disaster recovery to software testing.Running Xenbrings together all the knowledge you need to create and manage high-performance Xen virtual machines in any environment. Drawing on the unparalleled experience of a world-class Xen team, it covers everything from installation to administration-sharing field-tested insights, best practices, and case studies you can find nowhere else. The authors begin with a primer on virtualization: its concepts, uses, and advantages. Next, they tour Xenrsquo;s capabilities, explore the Xen LiveCD, introduce the Xen hypervisor, and walk you through configuring your own hard-disk-based Xen installation. After yoursquo;re running, they guide you through each leading method for creating ldquo;guestsrdquo; and migrating existing systems to run as Xen guests. Then they offer comprehensive coverage of managing and securing Xen guests, devices, networks, and distributed resources. Whether yoursquo;re an administrator, data center manager, developer, system integrator, or ISP,Running Xenwill help you achieve your goals with Xen-reliably, efficiently, with outstanding performance, and at a surprisingly low cost. bull;nbsp; Understanding the Xen hypervisor: what it does, and how it works bull;nbsp;nbsp; Using pre-built system images, including compressed file systems bull;nbsp; Managing domains with thexmconsole bull; Populating and storing guest images bull;nbsp; Planning, designing, and configuring networks in Xen bull;nbsp;nbsp; Utilizing Xen security: special purpose VMs, virtual network segments, remote access, firewalls, network monitors, sHype access control, Xen Security Modules (XSM), and more bull;nbsp;nbsp; Managing guest resources: memory, CPU, and I/O bull;nbsp;nbsp; Employing Xen in the enterprise: tools, products, and techniques

Foreword
Preface
Xen-Background and Virtualization Basics
Common Uses and Benefits of Virtualization
Types of Virtualization
Emulation
Full Virtualization
Paravirtualization
Operating System Level Virtualization
Other Types of Virtualization
Overview of Virtualization Types
Virtualization Heritage
The IBM Mainframe
Virtualization on Commodity Hardware
Virtualization Extensions for x86
Xen Origins and Time Line
Other Virtualization Systems for Commodity Hardware
Emulation
Full Virtualization
Paravirtualization
Operating System Virtualization
Popular Virtualization Products
Summary
References and Further Reading
A Quick Tour with the Xen LiveCD
Running the LiveCD
Step
Downloading the LiveCD Image and Creating the CD
Choosing a Domain0 Image from the GRUB Menu
Logging In and the Desktop
Step
Creating Guests
Step
Deleting a Guest
Step
Interacting with Your Guests
Step
Testing Your Networking
Too Many Guests
Summary
References and Further Reading
The Xen Hypervisor
Xen Hypervisor
A Privileged Position
Protection Rings
Domain0
Xen Boot Options
Choosing an OS for Domain0
xend
Controlling xend
xend Logs
xend Configuration
XenStore
Summary
References and Further Reading
Hardware Requirements and Installation of Xen Domain0
Xen Domain0 Processor Requirements
Intel VT
AMD-V
HVM
Hardware Device Support and Recommendations
Disks and Controllers
Networking Devices
Graphics Devices
Power Management
Help for Unsupported Hardware
Memory Requirements
Choosing and Obtaining a Version of Xen
Open Source Distributions
Commercially Supported Options
Methods of Installing Domain0 Hosts
Common Prerequisite: The Grand Unified Boot Loader (GRUB)
Linux Distributions
OpenSUSE
CentOS
Ubuntu 98Xen from Binary Packages
Gentoo 105XenExpress
TNon-Linux Domain0 Installations
Building from Source
Summary
References and Further Reading
Using Prebuilt Guest Images
Introduction to DomU Guests
Guest Images
Operating System Kernels
Configuration Files
Working with Prebuilt Guest Images
Types of Guest Images 128Downloading Prebuilt Guest Images
Mounting and Booting Prebuilt Images
Downloading Compressed File Guest Images
Converting Images from Other Virtualization Platforms
Summary
References and Further Reading
Managing Unprivileged Domains
Introduction to the xm Utility
Prerequisites for Running the xm Utility
Generic Format of an xm Command
The xm list Subcommand
Basic List Information
Listing Information about a Specific Guest
long Option
Label Option
The xm create Subcommand
Prerequisites for xm create
Simple Examples of xm create
Guest Configuration Files
Python Format
Common Configuration Options
S-Expression (SXP) Format
Path to Configuration Files
Diagnosing Problems with Guest Creation
Dry Run
Console Output

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