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The Book of Xen: A Practical Guide for the System Administratorby Chris Takemura
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Xen, the open source virtualization tool, is a system administrator's dream. Xen is a free, high-performance virtual machine monitor that lets you consolidate your hardware and finally put those unused cycles to use—without sacrificing reliability, performance, or scalability.
The Book of Xen explains everything you need to know in order to use Xen effectively, including installation, networking, memory management, and virtualized storage. You'll also learn how to use Xen and standard Linux tools to take snapshot backups, perform QoS operations on network traffic, and limit over-aggressive disk users.
Authors Chris Takemura and Luke S. Crawford show you how to:
Expert advice is priceless when it comes to running a complicated open source virtualization technology like Xen. You'll get the advice you need in The Book of Xen.
Xen allows administrators to run many virtual operating systems on one physical server, including Linux, BSD, OpenSolaris, and Microsoft Windows. In the process, users save money on hardware, maintenance, and electricity. Not only is Xen open source, the Xen hypervisor (the virtual machine monitor) is the best-performing hypervisor available.
The Book of Xen explains everything a sysadmin needs to know to use this powerful technology, with coverage of installation, networking, virtualized storage, and managing guest and host operating systems. Written for administrators who have worked with *NIX before but who may be new to virtualization, The Book of Xen covers both the basics and the trickier aspects of Xen administration, like profiling and benchmarks, migration, XenSource administration, and hardware assisted virtualization (HVM).
Xen allows administrators to run many virtual operating systems on one physical server, including Linux, BSD, OpenSolaris, and Microsoft Windows. This text explains how to use this powerful technology, with coverage of installation, networking, virtualized storage, and managing guest and host operating systems.
About the Author
Chris Takemura is a recent graduate, occasional Xen consultant, and itinerant writer. He is currently working on a Xen hosting venture at prgmr.com and biking about the Bay Area.
Luke S. Crawford has been working with virtualization since before it was cool, selling virtual servers based on FreeBSD jails before diving headfirst into Xen. He is currently a Xen consultant, working on corporate server consolidation in a Fortune 100 corporate environment and works on a Xen hosting venture at prgmr.com.
Table of Contents
FOREWORDACKNOWLEDGMENTSINTRODUCTIONChapter 1: XEN: A HIGH-LEVEL OVERVIEWChapter 2: GETTING STARTEDChapter 3: PROVISIONING DOMUSChapter 4: STORAGE WITH XENChapter 5: NETWORKINGChapter 6: DOMU MANAGEMENT: TOOLS AND FRONTENDSChapter 7: HOSTING UNTRUSTED USERS UNDER XEN: LESSONS FROM THE TRENCHESChapter 8: BEYOND LINUX: USING XEN WITH OTHER UNIX-LIKE OSSChapter 9: XEN MIGRATIONChapter 10: PROFILING AND BENCHMARKING UNDER XENChapter 11: CITRIX XENSERVER: XEN FOR THE ENTERPRISEChapter 12: HVM: BEYOND PARAVIRTUALIZATIONChapter 13: XEN AND WINDOWSChapter 14: TIPSChapter 15: TROUBLESHOOTINGXM REFERENCETHE STRUCTURE OF THE XEN CONFIG FILECOLOPHON
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