Exactly what "Xen" do you folks support

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The only XEN I know of is the Open Source XenServer Project (see:  xenserver.org).  The downloads on that site point you to Citrix XenServer pages.  XenServer IS Citrix XenServer.

The Xen version of the VLM is incompatible with the current version of XenServer 7.2 because it is not packaged correctly for installation on XenServer.   Also, the installation instructions are not designed for XenServer and don't even work when the support components for virt-manager are installed.  It just fails miserably.

So what/how do you expect us to trial or install the "Xen/KVM" version of VLM when it is not properly packaged to run under XenServer.  

If it is really a KVM only product, then it would be good to state that and just remove XEN from the marketing.  If it does support XEN, then perhaps some better documentation could be put out there for installation.

I just want to run a trial of this product so I can decide if we want to go this route.  It should be this difficult to do a trial.

Jim

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make that last statement:

It should NOT be this difficult to do a trial.

Jim

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James Basso

Hello,

 

Xenserver.org and Xenproject.org are two different sites.  From what I can tell Xenserver.org is owned by Citrix and Xenproject.org is the actual open source project.  

You will want to use the images and VM's available from Xenproject.org for KEMP VLM compatibility.

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James,

XenServer is the "ready to go" implementation of the XEN Project part.  Yes, one is managed by Citrix (XenServer) and the other is managed by the Linux Foundation (Xen Project).  But there is no "image" to install from the XenProject.org website.  It is only a piece of the puzzle.

XenProject code is used in a LOT of different Hypervisor Implementations.. XenServer(Citrix), VirtualBox(Oracle), AWS(Amazon)... the list goes on.

One does not simply download XEN from the XEN Project and install/run it.  It needs an OS to run under (or beside, depending on your view of things).  That said, why does Kemp provide easy installation of VLM on VirtualBox or AWS, but not on XenServer?

Jim 

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James Basso

I'm afraid I may not be as informed on the Xen platform.  From my understanding, the links to files required to install Xen (project) were available on their website and ultimately available on their git repository.  

https://xenproject.org/developers/teams/hypervisor.html

Reviewing our documentation, it seems like it may require an update, "KEMP LoadMaster has been tested with OpenSUSE 12.1 as the Dom0 operating systems and the 3.1 Xen.org version."  Referring to the Xenproject webpage, they are currently supporting 4.x versioning.  

To review this issue, we are currently waiting on Product Management to provide feedback, I will let you know once I have some additional information.

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The links that are available on the XenProject.org site are links to the specific GIT-Commit thread that applies to what ever fix they are fixing.

They are not presenting a finished usable product that an be booted.  They are presenting a finished product that can be married up to an appropriate HOSTING OS.

It seems pretty clear that Citrix is still involved with both XenServer (the finished product - ready to install and use) and XenProject (the necessary tool to be install on a HOST OS to get XEN Virtualization going.

I just don't understand why Kemp is avoiding supporting an install process for XenServer.  

Jim