Two weeks ago, I embarked onto a road trip to China with the aim to meet Xen Project users as well as contributors. I visited a number of vendors in Hangzhou and Beijing on this trip. Part of the objective was to give training to new contributors and developers, and to strengthen existing relationships.
With Xen 4.6 released in October, we are already one month into the new cycle. Which means it is time to start planning for the next release. You may remember that one of the goals of the 4.6 release planning was to create smoother developer experience and to release Xen 4.6 on time. Both goals were achieved, so it was time to think where to go from here.
Below I will supply a small shell script to run on a XenServer node which will create a file /tmp/storage_map.csv you can import into Excel or LibreOffice without problems. The delimiter is comma (,).
echo "VM Name,VM UUID,VM Power Status,Disk Name,Disk UUID,Disk size in GB,SR Name" > /tmp/storage_map.csv
for i in `xe vm-list --minimal is-control-domain=false | tr , ' '`
VM_NAME="`xe vm-param-get uuid=$VM_UUID param-name=name-label`"
I am pleased to announce the release of Xen 4.5.2. Xen Project Maintenance releases are released roughly every 4 months, in line with our Maintenance Release Policy. We recommend that all users of the 4.5 stable series update to this point release.
Xen 4.5.2 is available immediately from its git repository:
We’ve just released a rather interesting batch of Xen security advisories. This has given rise in some quarters to grumbling around Xen not taking security seriously.
I have a longstanding interest in computer security. Nowadays I am a member of the Xen Project Security Team (the team behind security@xenproject, which drafts the advisories and coordinates the response). But I’m going to put forward my personal opinions.
As advertised officially
In addition to the comprehensive OpenStack services, libraries and clients, this release also provides Packstack, a simple installer for proof-of-concept installations, as small as a single all-in-one box and RDO Manager an OpenStack deployment and management tool for production environments based on the OpenStack TripleO project
I’m pleased to announce the release of Xen Project Hypervisor 4.6. This release focused on improving code quality, security hardening, enablement of security appliances, and release cycle predictability — this is the most punctual release we have ever had.
A little more than a week ago at Linaro Connect SFO15 in Burlingame Jim Perrin of the CentOS project publicly announced the availability of the Xen hypervisor in CentOS 7 for ARM64 (also known as aarch64). Jim and I have been working closely with George Dunlap, maintainer of Xen in CentOS for the x86 architecture, to produce high quality Xen binaries for 64-bit ARM servers. As a result you can setup an ARM64 virtualization host with just a couple of yum commands.