[Libvir] a vmware driver

Schley Andrew Kutz akutz at lostcreations.com
Tue Jan 22 16:42:51 UTC 2008

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Wow. I wasn't even thinking of the latter : ) I've had some experience  
with the SDK, so I'll take that stab at it. Like I said though, the  
hierarchy of the VI SDK does not mesh well with the domain-oriented  
architecture of libvirt, so that is a barrier.

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On Jan 22, 2008, at 10:38 AM, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:

> On Tue, Jan 22, 2008 at 10:23:06AM -0600, Schley Andrew Kutz wrote:
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>> Does anyone know if there is work being done on a VMware driver? If
>> not, I could write one. I'm about to release an application via
>> SearchServerVirtualization called ivi (Java Virtual Interface) that
>> uses the VI SDK and the XenApi (cannot get libvirt to work on my dev
>> platform - OS X) to enable management of both VMware VI3 boxes as  
>> well
>> as Xen boxes. I would love to move away from the XenApi to libvirt,
>> and even more so to extend libvirt to support the VI SDK.
> There's probably 2 different ways to write a VMWare driver,  
> depending on
> who your target audience is.
> For people using the VirtualIntrastructure stuff, there is a enourmous
> management API which you talk to using RPC (there are WSDL definition
> for it IIRC).
> For people using VMWare Desktop / Player / GSX there is a not really  
> any
> good API. We'd have to manually read/write config files for guests  
> in the
> directory that VMWare stores them, and invoke CLI tools to stop/start.
> Ultimately I think we'll need impls for both approaches becaue they  
> are
> both valid non-overlapping use cases (home users vs enterprise).  
> there's no one working on either approach, so feel free to take a  
> stab at
> it !
> Regards,
> Dan.
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