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6. DOMU MANAGEMENT: TOOLS AND FRONTENDS

Chapter 6. DOMU MANAGEMENT: TOOLS AND FRONTENDS

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Most of the material in this book focuses on fairly low-level administrative tasks. We've got a couple of reasons for this focus: first, because we feel that it's better to understand what the GUI tools are doing before trusting them with your data,[34] and second, because the add-on tools are not fully developed.

However, the true benefit of Xen is that it allows you to do things with a virtual machine that you can't do—or can't do easily—with a simple collection of physical machines. The main advantage of the more advanced management tools is that they exploit Xen virtualization to improve flexibility.

Besides, it gets kind of tedious to do everything from base principles all the time. In this chapter, we'll take an excursion from our usual fixation on doing things in the most laborious way possible and look at some of the labor-saving innovations available for Xen.


  

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