I am an intern at a small company. I have only studied linux for one month so I have no great knowledge of coding and very little knowledge of programming.

I have been assigned to build a server with two virtual machines (one demo server and one development server). I have worked with Citrix Xen server in Windows and had no problem. But now I have to find a web UI for Xen cloud platform that you can reach from any OS.

The company has mostly ubuntu and OS x.

I have read about Xen Orchestra, but it's installation guide are for Debian. And Zentific are for Debian too, cant find for Ubuntu OS.

I am as I written a newbee at everything with Linux and open source, so I would be very greatful for help.

If I don't find a solution for XCP I will try to work with vagrant and virtual box instead.

I have really tried for two days now to find a solution, so I really hope you can help me find a web ui for XCP that works for Ubuntu and OS x.

I hope I have described the situation clearly now.


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    Firslty - Are you using Citrix XenServer or Xen? Secondly - I'm downvoting because you seem to have got as far as I don't understand how to install them and stopped. As a place for Professional IT, that shows a distinct lack of effort and investigation on your part.
    – Dan
    Apr 24, 2013 at 9:38
  • sorry, I should have explained myself better. It sad that I get bad rep for that. I am an intern at a company and I have been assigned to help them set up a server for vm. They work in Linux and I have only basic experience from linux. I have work with citrix xenserver in windows and had no problem, but now I installed xen (not citrix) and have to find a web interface so that a person from any OS can log in to the server. I got scared away when I saw all the code, I could't see any solotion without knowing code.
    – Hindra
    Apr 25, 2013 at 12:23

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I don't mean to be rude but you said you only have 1 month of experience with Linux. I don't know you or your previous experience but if I were to guide myself based on people who I've worked with who only have 1 month of Linux experience, setting up an orchestrating solution for VMs might be a bit much. Why not try to make use of the built-in management tools instead?

We run open source Xen for virtualization purposes and although I have to admit I didn't do the setup, here's what I know:

  • If you're coming from a Linux system, you should be able to manage the host using the "xm" command, i.e.:

[root@xen02 ~]# xm Usage: xm [args]

Control, list, and manipulate Xen guest instances.

Common 'xm' commands:

console Attach to 's console. create Create a domain based on . destroy Terminate a domain immediately. dump-core Dump core for a specific domain. help Display this message. list List information about all/some domains. mem-set Set the current memory usage for a domain. migrate Migrate a domain to another machine. pause Pause execution of a domain. reboot Reboot a domain. restore Restore a domain from a saved state. save Save a domain state to restore later. shutdown Shutdown a domain. trigger Send a trigger to a domain. top Monitor a host and the domains in real time. unpause Unpause a paused domain. uptime Print uptime for a domain. vcpu-set Set the number of active VCPUs for allowed for the domain.

If you're coming from a Windows workstation OR you want a GUI to use when managing from Linux, there's (either by default or perhaps it requires additional configuration, not 100% sure) a VNC session you should be able to connect to. That VNC session will give you a GUI to stop/start/restart VMs. In my case:

[root@xen02 ~]# ps auxwwwf |grep xen02 |grep vnc root 11319 0.1 0.1 71300 4068 ? S 2012 379:31 Xvnc :X -desktop xen02.domain.com:X (root) -httpd /usr/share/vnc/classes -auth /root/.Xauthority -geometry 1024x768 -depth 16 -rfbwait 30000 -rfbauth /root/.vnc/passwd -rfbport NNNN -pn

So xen02.domain.com is the FQDN of my system running Xen. The :X represents the "Desktop number" in VNC speak. The NNNN would be the port number on which VNC listens to. To connect to the VNC console, I would then open a VNC session to xen02.domain.com:NNNN and I'll see a nice GUI to manage everything.


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    Yeah, this is a pretty huge project to throw to an intern.
    – ceejayoz
    May 6, 2013 at 17:54

RedHat.com/cloud allows you to manage a variety of cloud platforms. Alternatively, Open Xen Manager

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