xVM Secrets Exposed
By blueprints on May 21, 2008
Understanding the Sun xVM Hypervisor Architecture was published yesterday. This is an important blueprint, long in the making! It started over a year ago, when longtime Sun BluePrints author Michael Haines came to me with the idea of creating a series on Xen. Xen morphed into the xVM Hypervisor, which is integral to Open Solaris, and because features, interfaces, and even the name were continually changing, it was impossible to get a steady target for publication. This blueprint is so hot off the press that the bits in the PDF are still hot. Because this important technology is guaranteed to continue evolving, we will strive to keep this document up-to-date.
Many will be tempted to jump ahead to Chapter 5, “Advanced Installation and Conﬁguration,” but this document is packed with essential background and information, including a pragmatic discussion of the types of virtualization available and where the Sun xVM hypervisor fits in. To further whet your appetite, I extract the following from the introductory chapter:
This Sun BluePrints article discusses the Sun xVM hypervisor architecture, a new approach to virtualization for x86 and x64 systems that makes it possible to run multiple disparate operating systems and applications on a single server.
- “Creating Efﬁcient Datacenters”, discusses approaches to virtualization and introduces the Sun xVM hypervisor software architecture.
- “Basic Control Domain Veriﬁcation”, describes how to create paravirtualized domains on x86 and x64 systems using Sun xVM hypervisor software.
- “Virtual Machine Management”, describes the command line and graphical tools available to manage guest domains.
- “Advanced Installation and Conﬁguration”, takes a detailed look at the command line methods and advanced options available for conﬁguring domains.
- “Migration of Virtual Machine Instances”, explains the live migration process.
- “Troubleshooting”, provides an overview of topics and techniques that may be useful when diagnosing domain related problems.
- “Hardware-Assisted Virtualization”, explains how to install unmodiﬁed guest operating systems in hardware virtual machines.
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