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Overview

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:

  • Provide virtual hosting for dozens of users, each with their own individual needs

  • Install and manage multiple guests, including various flavors of Linux, NetBSD, Solaris, and Windows

  • Choose the right virtual storage options for your needs

  • Migrate your systems seamlessly and create new images

  • Tune and benchmark your systems to make them as fast as possible

  • Troubleshoot Xen's most common problems like network and memory management

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 .

Subscriber Reviews

Average Rating: 4 out of 5 rating Based on 2 Ratings

"The Book of Xen Reviewed in 2014" - by liskl on 05-JUL-2014
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to start this book is amazing if we are handling the xm toolset fabulous and worth reading 4 or 5 times.

Next version should include more updated information as in the xl and xe toolsets. which are the defacto standard now days.

Worth Purchasing a Hardcover.

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"outdated but still a good source" - by S Flobbe on 18-FEB-2014
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Rather nice book with many examples and good discussions on why certain design choices have been made in the Xen ecosystem.

Now that we are in the year 2014, and now that we have Xen 4.2, the xm tool and the associated config files (in /etc/xen) have been deprecated. This makes the book fairly outdated. Many of the solutions are described in terms of how these, now deprecated, config files can be adjusted.

A rewrite covering libvirt, virsh, xl would make this book just perfect! Despite being fairly outdated, it's very well written so I'm giving four stars.

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