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Re: [Condor-users] [Condor-devel] How about adding VirtualBox as another option to the VM universe?

On 05/18/2011 10:00 AM, Rob wrote:


I have a feeling that VirtualBox is catching up very fast in the VM world.

Here at my university I also have several Windows machines on which
VMware 1.0.10 does not work (and nobody knows why; funny hardware?), but
VirtualBox works like a charm!

VirtualBox also comes with an API, which (I assume) can help Condor to
do the same thing as what Condor does not with VMware.

Therefore I wonder:

1. Has somebody already done something along these lines?

2. I am willing to help, despite my limited knowledge of the API and VM

I think a VirtualBox VM universe could make Condor's virtual machining
more up-to-date.



Condor uses two interfaces to manage VM guests on execute nodes: 0) libvirt; 1) VMware Server 1.0(?).

The libvirt website lists VirtualBox as a supported hypervisor. It should be a matter of crafting the proper domain xml to use virtual box.

http://git.fedorahosted.org/git/condor-cloud.git has some examples of how you can inject domain xml as an attribute to a job and have that xml then passed to libvirt. If you can work out the xml then it is a straightforward task to update condor_submit and condor_vm-gahp to include virtual box as another VM Universe type alongside vmware, kvm and xen.