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Re: [libvirt] [sheepdog-users] [Sheepdog][Libvirt]Test boot VMs from sheepdog volumes in Libvirt





2013/2/1 harryxiyou <harryxiyou gmail com>
Hi all,

We can get "Boot VMs from sheepdog volumes in Libvirt" way
from https://github.com/collie/sheepdog/wiki/Libvirt like following.

  a,  prepare a file containing an XML domain description

    $ cat > sheepdog.xml
    <domain type='qemu'>
      <name>testvm</name>
      <memory>1048576</memory>
      <os>
        <type arch='x86_64'>hvm</type>
      </os>
      <devices>
        <disk type='network'>
          <source protocol="sheepdog" name="testvdi"/>
          <target dev='hda' bus='ide'/>
        </disk>
        <graphics type='vnc' port='-1' autoport='yes'/>
      </devices>
    </domain>

  b,  boot from testvdi with virsh

    $ virsh create sheepdog.xml

  c,  connect to a VNC console of the running VM

    $ vncviewer localhost

I have some following questions about up three steps.

1, Before a or b(up boot step) step, should we have to install our OS
into 'testvdi'?
As I know, you should install an OS in the disk,or cannot boot from a 'NULL' disk.you know what i mean.
 
That is to say, we have to install OS from os.iso file into 'testvdi',
which should use
'qemu-system-x86_64' command to install OS, right?
To install an OS, you could use 'virt-install' ,or use the virt-manager GUI tool.
 
2, Before this test, shoul we have to build Sheepdog, QEMU, Libvirt environment?
Yes, you must build the environment,either from source codes or from  packages.
 
3, This is the storage online management in Libvirt, right?
later version of libvirt support managing sheepdog storage,use may have a search at libvirt.org.
  
4, This test just test the codes Morita take a patch named "add
network disk support"
for Libvirt, which is located here:
http://libvirt.org/git/?p=libvirt.git;a=commit;h=036ad5052b43fe9f0d197e89fd16715950408e1d
and also test Sheepdog driver for QEMU, right?
I think just test libvirt environment.. 
 
5, If i installed a 32bits OS to testvdi, should i modify
      <os>
        <type arch='x86_64'>hvm</type>
      </os>
to be
      <os>
        <type arch='x86'>hvm</type>
      </os>
, right?
If  arch='x86_64', then this configuration support both x86 and x64. 
6, The step c (up boot step), which is
 $ vncviewer localhost
Actually, i am not clear about this 'localhost'. Why should we link
localhost but other ip addresses?
As localhost allways singed to 127.0.0.1 ,or you can use 127.0.0.1 instead of a name like 'locallhost'. 

Could anyone please give me some suggestions? Thanks in advance ;-)

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Harry Wei
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