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John_Gill
22-May-2013, 09:56
Hi,

Is it possible to monitor Xen VM's on a standard SuSE11sp2 similar to "Virtual Machine Manager" in Xen? ... or is there something better :)

Thanks in advance
John

laurabuckley
22-May-2013, 11:40
Hi John,

You could use Virtual Machine Manager: https://www.suse.com/documentation/sles11/singlehtml/book_xen/book_xen.html#sec.xen.manage.vmm

Or you could use something like Nagios - if I recall correctly there is a Nagios plugin for Xen monitoring.

Cheers,

Magic31
22-May-2013, 11:41
Hi,

Is it possible to monitor Xen VM's on a standard SuSE11sp2 similar to "Virtual Machine Manager" in Xen? ... or is there something better :)

Thanks in advance
John

Hi John,

You mean the management tool that's available with Citrix XenServer? And form where are you planning to run this management?

This might be an option if you are looking for free alternatives (depending on your use/environment): http://susestudio.com/a/YtQGNq/sles11sp2-convirt-xen-kvm

A little more info on your setup (how many Xen servers for example, what OS you are wanting to manage/monitor on & from where for example) would be good.

Cheers,
Willem

John_Gill
22-May-2013, 13:05
Hi again,

In my data centre I have three Suse11sp2 Xen servers running 5 or 6 virtual servers each. I would like to use "Virtual Machine Manager" or something similar on my local Suse11sp2 (without Xen) to monitor all my VM's.

I could use VNC or http://server:5801 to access one of the SuSE11sp2 Xen host servers and then run the "Virtual Machine Manager" and connect to the other Hosts but this is a bit cumbersome. Looking for a slicker solution.

Hope this helps
John

laurabuckley
22-May-2013, 13:16
Hi John,

Load XMing on your local PC, start a PuTTY ssh session to the data center and run the Virtual Machine Manager - this will load on your local PC screen and you can monitor it from there.

Cheers,

laurabuckley
22-May-2013, 13:19
Here's the link to XMing: http://sourceforge.net/projects/xming/

Cheers,

Magic31
22-May-2013, 14:38
...
I could use VNC or http://server:5801 to access one of the SuSE11sp2 Xen host servers and then run the "Virtual Machine Manager" and connect to the other Hosts but this is a bit cumbersome. Looking for a slicker solution.

I suspect you are not looking to only monitor but also do some management on VM level (start/stop/edit/etc) if needed?

As Laura mentions, using X-Ming on the Windows workstation (in combination with a putty session that has SSH X-forwarding enabled) is a good option.

The link to the Convirt appliance CD I posted might be a cooler option. That gives you a server appliance than centrally hooks into your Xen hosts, and gives you overview and control using a web browser session to that appliance. This is quite nice, but does require root rights for that appliance to the Xen host servers... that could be less desirable for your environment.

Some more info on Convirt can be found here : http://www.convirture.com/products_opensource.php

Cheers,
Willem

laurabuckley
22-May-2013, 14:42
Hey Willem,

That's a really cool option - thanks for posting it :)

Cheers,

KBOYLE
22-May-2013, 17:37
John Gill wrote:

>
> Hi again,
>
> In my data centre I have three Suse11sp2 Xen servers running 5 or 6
> virtual servers each. I would like to use "Virtual Machine Manager"
> or something similar on my local Suse11sp2 (without Xen) to monitor
> all my VM's.

At the risk of being a bit too simplistic, you could open an ssh
session to each Dom0 and run "xentop". It provides a concise display of
each DomU's resource usage.


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John_Gill
23-May-2013, 14:33
Thanks for all the responses. mmmmh now decisions, decisions! :rolleyes:

KBOYLE
23-May-2013, 17:56
John Gill wrote:

>
> Thanks for all the responses. mmmmh now decisions, decisions!
> :rolleyes:

Yes, the forums are a great way to share information. As you see, each
of the Knowledge Partners had a different suggestion based on our
individual experience and understanding of what you were looking for.

Forum members can help us refine our advice by providing feedback. We
are a curious bunch and always want to know what works and what doesn't.

Once you decide on a solution, could you let us know what factors led
to your decision? Even if the final solution is one you arrived at on
your own, it's all good information.

Good luck!

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