SLES11sp2 Convirt Xen KVM
- ReReleased version with the updated 3.x kernel
So what does this appliance do?
This appliance is offered as SLES 11.2 GNOME liveCD and includes a base installation of Convirt 2.1.1 that should be fully functional on boot.
This appliance also contains packages for OpenJDK and Icedtea as also packages for many common server services that can be configured at your convenience using the YaST administration tool.
What is Convirt you ask?
Convirt is an excellent open source web management tool that can manage standalone or clusters of Xen / KVM hypervisors.
The included Convirt 2.1.1 version makes it possible to manage Xen and KVM hosts and running guests from any supported browser (FireFox or IE browsers that have Java support enabled – at this time IE 9 must be run in compatibility mode) making it possible to manage from Windows, Mac or Linux systems.
- Some adjustments made
This appliance has some small adjustments that make it more suitable for the SLES 11 environments I’m in.
One important one could be that I have adjusted the vm config path to point to /etc/xen/vm instead of /var/cache/convirt/vm_configs.
See /opt/convirt/changed-files-VMCONFDIR.txt for details.
So how do you go about testing this?
Download the LiveCD iso and burn it to CD and/or load it up in a VM and boot it.
After the live CD has booted, login as root (no password , you should set your own):
Open the bundled FireFox browser which should present the Convirt login screen.
Both user name and password for the Convirt weblogin are the default admin, change this right after logging in.
(Default webpage is at http://server:8081, additionally a redirect is done from standard 80 to 8081, so both should work)
You can start managing with Convirt by adding Xen or KVM host(s) and importing the guest configurations by right-clicking on the added host and choosing to import.
Some extra configuration will be needed on each Xen host to allow Convirt to import and control the Xen hosts as also to make it possible to initiate live migrations between Xen hosts that have been configured using shared storage.
Generally, adding these lines in /etc/xen/xend-config.sxp will do to get you started;
And for live migration the xend-reallocation entries should be adjusted accordingly.
To start, stop and check the status of the Convirt service: “service convirt [start|stop|status]”
Both a mixture of Xen servers and KVM servers can be added, also running on different Linux vendor flavors. For this no added packages are needed on the Xen host, other than making sure the required Xend configuration is present and Convirt is allowed to access the needed ports.
KVM should work out of the box.
Finally, this LiveCD can be deployed to disk using the YaST Live Installer.
If you would like to comment and/or give some feed back : willem DOT meens AT neteyes DOT n l
This appliance includes SLES 11 SP2 JeOS plus selective packages needed for the open source Convirt management tool as also other useful services to make your Convirt server into a one-stop management system.
For more information on Convirt, see the Convirture website page.
Burn this ISO file to a DVD (or CD, if the space allows), and you'll be able to boot directly from the disc.
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