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Professional Xen Virtualization

ISBN: 978-0-470-13811-3
405 pages
January 2008
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  • With typical Wrox thoroughness, this book covers every aspect of virtualization on the Linux platform for administrators seeking to optimize the use of enterprise hardware, create virtual environments geared toward specific tasks, or establish a testing environment
  • Provides a complete foundation in virtualization, XEN, and competing approaches with in-depth discussions of installing, configuring, and using XEN, including detailed examples of XEN configuration files, system configuration files, and system-level configuration information
  • Offers details that help system administrator adopt XEN and justify its selection
  • Covers optimizing XEN, XEN hosts, and guest operating systems for maximum performance and reliability; using XEN in enterprise data centers; procedures and considerations for building custom guest operating systems to run as virtual machines on a XEN host; and much more
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Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Overview of Virtualization.

Chapter 2: Introduction to Xen.

Chapter 3: Obtaining and Installing Xen.

Chapter 4: Booting and Configuring a Xen Host.

Chapter 5: Configuring and Booting Virtual Machines.

Chapter 6: Building Filesystems for Virtual Machines.

Chapter 7: Managing and Monitoring Virtual Machines.

Chapter 8: Xen Networking.

Chapter 9: Advanced Virtual Machine Configuration.

Chapter 10: Using Xen in the Data Center.

Appendix A: xm Command and Option Reference.

Appendix B: Xen Virtual Machine Configuration File Reference.


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Author Information

William von Hagen (Bill) has been a UNIX system administrator for over 20 years and a Linux fanatic since the early 1990s. He has worked as a systems programmer, system administrator, writer, applications developer, drummer, and documentation manager. Bill has written or co-written books on such topics as Ubuntu Linux, GCC, Linux server hacks, Linux filesystems, SUSE Linux, Red Hat Linux, SGML, Mac OS X, and hacking the TiVo. He has also written numerous articles on Linux, embedded computing, Mac OS X, Unix, and open source technology.
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