Linux Virtualisation Cheat Sheet

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  • OpenVZ Commands
    vzlist                               # List running instances
    vzlist -a                            # List all instances
    vzctl stop <instance>
    vzctl start <instance>
    vzctl status <instance>
    vzctl exec <instance> <command>      # Run a command
    vzctl enter <instance>               # Get console
    vzyum <instance> install <package>   # Install a package
    # Change properties
    vzctl set <instance> –hostname <hostname> –save
    vzctl set <instance> –ipadd <IP> –save
    vzctl set <instance> –userpasswd root:<password> –save


  • KVM Commands
    virsh list                # List running
    virsh list --all          # List all
    # Control instances
    virsh start <instance>
    virsh shutdown <instance>
    virsh destroy <instance>
    virsh suspend <instance>
    virsh resume <instance>
    virsh console <instance>
    # Define instances
    virsh dumpxml <instance> >dump.xml
    virsh create dump.xml   # Create from XML
    virsh edit <instance>
    virsh undefine <instance>
    virsh dominfo
    virsh vcpuinfo
    virsh nodeinfo
    virsh quit   # Leave CLI


  • LXC command reference:
    lxc-ls           # List existing containers
    # Note: all commands take -n <name> as parameter to specify the container 
    lxc-start        # Start and attach
    lxc-start -d     # Start in background
    lxc-console      # Attach to running container
    lxc-clone <source> <target>
    lxc-create -t <template> -f <config file>
    lxc-execute -n <name> -- <command>  # Run command in new container
    lxc-attach  -n <name> -- <command>  # Run command in running container
    lxc-monitor    # Monitor containers for state changes
    lxc-wait       # Wait for a state change
    lxc-info       # Give details on a container


  • CLI Usage
    # Get CLI help with
    vagrant list-commands
    # Setup a new instance
    vagrant box add shdev 
    vagrant init shdev
    vagrant up
    vagrant halt
    vagrant box remove  virtualbox
    # Check status with
    vagrant global-status
  • Xen

    • Xen vs. Xen Server
    • Xen - Commands
      xm list           # List all domains
      xm list vm1       # List status of a single VM
      xm list vm1 -l    # Details for a VM 
      xm create vm1     # Starts/Creates a VM
      xm reboot vm1     
      xm shutdown vm1
      xm destroy vm1
      xm network-list vm1
      xm console vm1     # Open console to VM (escape like telnet)
      xm info            # HV infos
      xm top             # Monitor HV and domains
      xm log             # View HV log
      xm dominfo
      xm vcpuinfo
      xm nodeinfo
    • Ensure guest auto start on boot:
      ln -s /etc/xen/<instance> /etc/xen/auto/<instance>
    • Find out which dom0 you are on:
      dmesg | grep "command line"
      # Should give you something like:
      # Kernel command line:  ro root=/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 console=xvc0 hostip=
      # Where "hostip" is the IP of the hypervisor
    • Find out which IP a VM has:
      # Grep and resolve MAC:
      xm list -l <VM name> | grep mac
      arp -a | grep -i <MAC address>

    Xen Server

    • Feature Matrix XenServer Free vs. Enterprise: Whats the difference and what features are provided by "xe" what "xm" doesn't have...
    • XenServer GUI Comparison Free vs. Enterprise
    • Xen Server - Hanging Operation on Shutdown: This happens when for example a reboot doesn't work and you want to perform a shutdown to quickly restore an unresponding VM. The first task (reboot) is ineffective and won't complete and thereby will block the second task (the shutdown). Destroying the VM domain solves the issue:
      xe vm-list                                          # 1. Resolve VM UUID with 
      list_domains | grep <uuid>                          # 2. Get Domain Id
      /opt/xensource/debug/destroy_domain -domid <domid>  # 3. Kill Domain Id
      xe vm-reboot uuid=<uuid> force=true                 # 4. Force Action

      An alternative is described here and involves determining the hanging task and cancelling it:

      xe task-list                          # Get task uid
      xe task-cancel uuid=<task uuid>       # And cancel it
    • XenServer - Add Another Physical Disk:
      xe host-list                         # to get host UUID
      xe sr-create host-uuid=<host UUID> shared=false type=lvm content-type=user device-config:device=/dev/sdb1 name-label="Another disk"
    • XenServer - VM Paravirtualization: How to configure a single VM to be paravirtualized:
      # Configure boot
      xe vm-param-set uuid=<VM UUID> HVM-boot-policy=''
      xe vm-param-set uuid=<VM UUID> PV-bootloader=pygrub
      # Configure console to work in XenCenter
      xe vm-param-set uuid=<VM UUID> PV-args="console=tty0 xencons=tty"
      # Determine boot disk and set it bootable for XenServer
      xe vbd-list vm-uuid=$VMUUID type=Disk
      xe vbd-param-set uuid=<disk UUID> bootable=true
    • XenServer - Configure LACP Bonding: When you want to run your XenServer with interface trunking.
      # Determine UUIDs of interfaces to add
      xe pif-list
      # Create new network (will return network UUID)
      xe network-create name-label=bond0
      # Create bonding (will return bonding UUID)
      xe bond-create network-uuid=<network UUID> pif-uuids=<first pif UID>,<second pif UID>[,...]
      # Set bonding flags for bond0
      xe pif-param-set uuid=<bond0 UUID> other-config:bond-mode=802.3ad
      xe pif-param-set uuid=<bond0 UUID> other-config:bond-mode=lacp
      # Once your switch is configured check bond0 with
      cat /proc/net/bonding/bond0
      # Also try
      ovs-appctl bond/show bond0
    • XenServer - Restore VM from Image: Use "xe vm-import" to create a new VM with a new UUID: xe vm-import filename=image.xva preserve=true
    • Xen Server - Ubuntu bug: read-only filesystem


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