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Re: [Xen-API] Configuration options from the hypervisor?

On Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 06:23:05PM +0000, Cutter 409 wrote:
> I'm making modifications to the hypervisor itself, which needs to be aware
> of a few things about each VM it's managing.
> For example, I want the hypervisor to know if the guest is Windows XP,
> Vista, 2000, etc.  Somehow I'd like to store this information with the VM
> once, when configuring it, and be able to read it each time the VM is
> launched from the hypervisor.
> Xapi provides the ability to store arbitrary configuration data via the
> "other_config" section, which in python is "
> session.xenapi.VM.add_to_other_config() ", but I'm starting to think that
> information stored there is not readable by the hypervisor.
> Hope that clarifies, and thanks!

Sure, that makes it clearer.

I don't think there's a place to put arbitrary stuff that's then passed to
Xen.  Am I right in assuming that the info would have to be available at
domain creation?  I suspect you'd have to take a look at the details of domain
creation; how the functions in ocaml/xenops/domain.ml work and are used.

I don't have any experience of this part of the code myself though.


Magnus Therning
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