Manage your XenServer or XCP-ng Pool with Xen Orchestra… inside Xen Orchestra!

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We use Xen Orchestra as the web interface for students to create and manage VMs via our XCP-ng Pool in PJ Carrolls. The login is found at https://xoa.comp.dkit.ie and most students are familiar with this excellent resource. But what if a student wanted to mange their own pool of virtualisation servers in a Specialist Lab, running either XCP-ng or XenServer?

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Introducing Docker Containers to Computing Students

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Up until now, students have had access to creating Virtual Machines (VMs) on the Dundalk Institute of Technology network via our Xen Orchestra Appliance (XOA) at http://xoa.comp.dkit.ie. But VMs in the real world are rapidly being replaced by “containers”, so it’s time to take things to a whole new level.

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Leveraging Citrix XenServer Tools

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Ideally, you should use the “Quick Instances” and other VM templates provided by our Xen Orchestra Dashboard when creating virtual servers for your project. These have been optimised with tools and drivers designed to get the best performance from your virtual machine, and to access advanced features such as safe shutdown in the event of power outage. But what if your VM was built from scratch, can you still access these tools?

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