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[Xen-users] XCP GUI management

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After planning for a year to move my Xen 3.4 classrooms to XCP I'm now making an effort. With the old system I wrote many lines of bash scripts around the xm command to group and manage my VMs. I used sudo to grant privileges for each student to start, stop, console into, reboot, and wipe their VMs without any interaction from me. Now with XCP I had the hope of moving to the next level and having a web interface for each student to manage their VMs with.

After digging through the lists of Management tools on the Xen XCP page I've come to the conclusion that we don't have ONE good one. OpenXenManager looks to be the best but is very flaky and has to be installed on the client (Windows in my case). After following links to the OpenXenWebManager I see it hasn't been updated in a year. Both projects seem to be in limbo. XVP seems to be stable but doesn't actually do a lot or at least I haven't discovered everything it does.

XCCS although actively developed up to last year seemed to have everything I want but after I blew a few hours trying to get it to work and digging through it's code I've decided that it's a mess. No offense to the gentleman who made it but using BASH to echo html tags to standard out is not quite the way I want to go. Having 10,000 lines of such BASH scripts borders on insanity.

My needs are multi-tenancy so a student can bring up some sort of gui and manage their own VM. Manage in the sense of start, stop, reboot, console and snapshot. We can install software on the Windows classroom machines but it can't be a complex install and the license needs to be at least free.

Any suggestions? Having students "fix" their own VMs is crucial. Not giving them full admin rights to ALL VMs is also crucial.

Grant McWilliams

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