[et-mgmt-tools] Virt-factory 0.0.3 Released
mdehaan at redhat.com
Thu Jun 28 22:09:23 UTC 2007
Michael DeHaan wrote:
> Virt-Factory? What's that?
> Basically, Virt-factory is our ongoing project to make better tools
> for managing a very large number (like a datacenter's worth) of Xen
> machines and virtual appliances.
> For virt-factory to help command infrastructure, it has to have a pool
> of physical hosts assigned to it. You can either PXE new machines
> from the VF server, or register existing ones using a command line
> registration tool. From there, you can use the Web UI to add more
> virtual machines to any of your hosts and control the virtualization
> state of those machines. Currently it's not quite up to speed with
> virt-manager in terms of feature parity, but it does have
> start/stop/pause/shutdown/etc controls -- we're getting there.
> Supporting migration is on the roadmap.
> Virt-Factory is different from other management apps in a few key
> areas. We use the concept of Profiles to say what a machine does.
> This integrates systems management (Puppet) with the provisioning
> process (Cobbler) all in one easy step -- and all controlled with a
> very simple user interface. Administrators can create (or import)
> profiles, assign them to existing machines, and share them with other
> virt-factory users. ISVs could also create profiles for commercial
> software. Basically, profiles are a lightweight way of building
> software appliances.
> Future releases will also concentrate heavily on batch management,
> such as finding good candidates to migrate virtual machines to when
> taking a physical host offline, or doing interesting things with
> tagging and reporting. So, by integrating systems management tools
> in with good batch management solutions, we'll have a unique (and
> free) solution
> for doing a lot of interesting things around virtualization management.
> This particular release adds several new things:
> -- More streamlined setup process
> -- User interface is now rethemed and improved -- (thanks to Máirín
> Duffy for help on this)
> -- The server now sets up and runs PostgreSQL automatically -- as
> opposed to sqlite
> -- Changes to work with newer builds of Puppet
> -- Localization framework (though no included translations yet)
> -- Lots of code/architectural cleanup and bugfixes
> Our plans for future releases are detailed here:
> Keep in mind this project is still getting off the ground somewhat, so
> it's not quite ready for production use. The next release (0.0.4)
> will address a lot of those critical features.
> If you have comments, questions, or ideas ... as usual, we'd love to
> hear them. Check out http://virt-factory.et.redhat.com, email us
> here, or stop by on IRC. We have a channel #virt-factory on
> Downloads are here: http://virt-factory.et.redhat.com/download.php
> Michael DeHaan
> Adrian Likins
> Scott Seago
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I also forgot to credit the following folks for help on 0.0.3:
Appreciate the help, guys :)
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