Installing and Using Xen - Xen Virtualization Tutorial

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Installing, Configuring, and Using Xen

2010 Xen Training/Tutorial

Download: Fall 2010 Xen Training/Tutorial (.pdf 5 MB Creative Commons License)

This Xen tutorial was recently updated by Todd Deshane and Patrick F. Wilbur. It has been derived from materials written by Todd Deshane, Patrick F. Wilbur, Zach Shepherd, Jeanna Matthews, and Wenjin Hu. It has been presented numerous times at the Usenix Annual Technical Conference, Usenix LISA, and at other various locations across the United States. Its purpose is to teach the installation, configuration, and use of the free, open-source Xen virtual machine monitor (hypervisor), as well as best practices.

This work (Fall 2010 Xen Training/Tutorial) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

Hands-On Guide

The book, Running Xen: A Hands-On Guide to the Art of Virtualization (Jeanna N. Matthews, Eli M. Dow, Todd Deshane, Wenjin Hu, Jeremy Bongio, Patrick F. Wilbur, Brendan Johnson), might also be helpful to you. It is co-authored by several of both the original and updated tutorial contributors.

Additional Xen Resources

Xen Portal

The Clarkson Open Source Institute maintains the COSI Xen Portal, which contains links to other useful resources. You should check it out to find out where to go next.

2009 HowTo - Version 2

Version 2 of the 2009 tutorial is still available and can be downloaded by clicking here. (.pdf 3.4 MB Creative Commons License)

2009 HowTo - Version 1

Version 1 of the 2009 tutorial is still available and can be downloaded by clicking here. (.pdf 3.3 MB Creative Commons License)

2005 HowTo

The original, very popular (but aging) "Installing Xen" HowTo (McCabe, Basinger, Despard, Bongio) is still available by clicking here. It has been superseded by the 2010 PDF document.


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