[virt-tools-list] [OT] virtual exam environment

Richard W.M. Jones rjones at redhat.com
Wed Jul 9 18:24:41 UTC 2014

On Fri, Jul 04, 2014 at 03:14:44PM +0200, Pal, Laszlo wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm going to create some virtual exam environment and maybe
> kvm/qemu/virsh can do the job.
> This environment should consists several virtual machines (linux +
> windows) and several virtual networks. This is not a big deal. But
> after the baseline is created, I would like to simulate problems which
> must be solved by the examinees.
> My idea is to use snapshots for this, so I can create faulty snapshots
> and assign them to in a combination with some good  snapshots creating
> 'scenarios'.
> Do you think it can be a working approach? Is there any better
> 'tool'/environment for this? Is there any guide for such thing?

VMware have some rather nice "lab" software that lets you recreate
groups of virtual machines instantly.  I think it's designed for
creating repeatable test environments.  The name of this escapes me
(and internet searches) right now, but I've often thought we could do
with something similarly easy to use.

Another thing to look at would be the various orchestration tools,
such as The Foreman, Heat and others.


I don't know if they can be used with KVM standalone however.


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