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Re: [libvirt-users] Managing VMs across multiple physical hosts



the libvirt command to see what is running is simply 'virsh list'

so if you have a config tool system like puppet/chef/ansible (or even remote ssh commands) you can simply send that command to each node.

We use ansible, so a simple on liner would be:

ansible all -i virt_list.ini -m command -a 'virsh list' --sudo

where the file virt_list.ini is the list of VM hosts.

That would output a listing that looks like this

host-b2 | SUCCESS | rc=0 >>
 Id    Name                           State
----------------------------------------------------
 4     vm34                      running
 5     vm42                      running

host-b3 | SUCCESS | rc=0 >>
 Id    Name                           State
----------------------------------------------------
 3     vm2                          running
 5     vm12                         running
 7     vm33                    running

etc.

so you would quickly see whats running where. With a little grep/awk/perl goodness, it would be trivial to pipe that output into a DB table that could searched and constantly updated.

The more hardcore ansible guys could make some sort of playbook that would do the above, but the above shows you the way.

-bill




On 4/24/2016 4:01 PM, Daniel Corbe wrote:
Hello List,

We’re currently managing VMs across approximately 26 physical hosts.  We tend to migrate VMs around a lot to do things like spread load and keep VMs running when physical hosts are in need of package updates.

Suffice it to say sometimes finding out which physical host a VM is currently running on can be a pain.

Anyone know of an open source tool that will give me a snapshot of what’s running where across a list of physical hosts?  Doesn’t have to be anything fancy.  A command-line utility will do.

Best,
Daniel


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