KVM, virt-manager, etc.

Neal McBurnett neal at bcn.boulder.co.us
Tue Jan 29 18:12:46 GMT 2008

On Tue, Jan 29, 2008 at 12:05:33PM +0100, Soren Hansen wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 29, 2008 at 09:43:48AM +0000, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> > Correct.  I think we ought to provide a fully non-interactive
> > bootstrap of a new guest.  If that's not fully feasible in this first
> > iteration, we should work toward it.
> There are a few options.
> a) The ubuntu-vm-builder script I worked on during gutsy. It uses
> debootstrap and a series of hacks to bootstrap a virtual machine. It'd
> need some love to get into a publishable shape, but it's doable.
> b) RedHat has a provisioning system called Cobbler, which could do this
> as well. It sets up the a dhcp server and a tftp server which it uses to
> install RedHat VM's by way of PXE booting the VM's and providing
> kickseeds via a cgi. While this seems like the better solution, it needs
> a fair bit of work to adhere to 1) our interpretation of the FHS and 2)
> Debian Policy w.r.t. messing about with configuration files for the dhcp
> and tftp servers.

My guess is that the ubuntu-vm-builder (aka ubuntu-jeos-builder) is
much much faster.  With locally cached packages and ramdisks you could
build a custom VM and boot it in perhaps 3 minutes.  An install
took many times that long as I recall, though perhaps I didn't know
about some good ways to optimize that.

Neal McBurnett                 http://mcburnett.org/neal/
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