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Re: [Condor-users] Getting 6.8.6 for Solaris 9?

Hi Ian:

So far I've only been able to look at an ESX Server version 2.5.1, which does
have some of the capabilities that VM Universe needs (the script is called
vmware-cmd, instead of vmrun [which I take to be the norm on Linux anyway]).
Unfortunately, it does not seem to support snapshots from the command line,
which is rather crippling to the VM Universe, as it does not allow for the
differences to be sent back to the submit-host.  But if you don't need that
functionality, then that's irrelevant.  

The version I looked at will also need to have mkisofs added, as VM Universe
uses this to simulate input files as CD-ROM images.  It may take some
experimenting, but I don't see any reason why it would not work on an ESX
server, if one were to consider all the VMs on it as pre-stanged (instead of
transferring them as part of the job, which is also an option). Fortunately the
interface logic for VM Universe has been off-loaded to a Perl script, so any
modification that are required would most likely go there.

Hope that helps.


-----Original Message-----
From: condor-users-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:condor-users-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Ben Burnett
Sent: Friday, January 18, 2008 4:18 PM
To: 'Condor-Users Mail List'
Subject: Re: [Condor-users] Getting 6.8.6 for Solaris 9?

With the new VM universe does this mean Condor startd's run on VMWare's
bare metal Linux distribution? I'm most interested in using VMs on the
OS distribution that supports paravirtualized drivers so we can run very
near to native speed inside VMs. With VMWare the only way I know of to
get this is to use their strippped down, bare metal, esX Linux server
distribution. Have your VM universe guys been testing with this distro
or have they just been running the free VMWare player on top of say RHEL
or OEL or CentOS?

Currently, VM Universe only supports VMware Server, not the Player; fortunately,
VMware Server is also free.  I've never actually been able to get an ESX server
running properly on my hardware, but since there is some interest in it, I'll
take another stab at this weekend and see if it provides the tools VM Universe
requires in order to interact with VMs (i.e. the vmrun command line tool).


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