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Re: [libvirt] esx driver: XML format for guest OS type/variant



On Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 11:20:42PM +0100, Matthias Bolte wrote:
> 2011/1/11 Jake Xu <jake demonwaremail net>:
> > Hi,
> > I am trying to create a VM using the Python bindings of Libvirt. I can
> > successfully create VM from a XML template, but I can't find any way to
> > define the guest OS type/variant like CentOS 5.5 64bit for my VM. The native
> > format converted from XML is always guestOS="other-64" - which doesn't tell
> > us much about the guest operating system.
> > I have looked at the C libvirt source code a bit, and it seems like libvirt
> > does not support defining guest os type using XML description yet.
> 
> That's correct, currently there is no way to pass guest OS
> type/variant information to the ESX driver, as the domain XML config
> doesn't include such information.

IIUC,  VMWare doesn't actually want a type/variant split. That split
is only something that is used in the UI. The actual VMX file just
uses a single short string to identify the OS.

Daniel


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