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Xen Configuration

Page Description
Xen CLI Command line options for Xen to be used in /boot/grub/grub.conf
EFI Configuring Xen to work with EFI.

Xen Man Pages

Man page Description Console
xl(1) Xen management tool, based on LibXenlight XL
xm(1) Xen management user interface (deprecated, also see Xen 4.1 Upgrade Notes) XM
xend-config.sxp(5) Xen daemon configuration file (deprecated, also see Xen 4.1 Upgrade Notes) XM
xl.cfg(5) XL Domain Configuration File Syntax: to create a VM (a domain in Xen terminology, sometimes called a guest) with xl requires the provision of a domain config file. XL
xl.conf(5) XL Global/Host Configuration: allows configuration of hostwide xl toolstack options XL
xlcpupool.cfg(5) XL Cpupool Configuration File Syntax: to create a Cpupool with xl requires the provision of a cpupool config file. XL
xmdomain.cfg(5) XM domain config file format (deprecated, also see Xen 4.1 Upgrade Notes) XM
xentop(1) xentop displays information about the Xen system and domains, in a continually-updating manner. XENTOP
xenpm(1) Xenpm is a userspace tool that can list the power information of available processors and control the power policy according to users' preference. XENPM

Supporting Documents for XL & XM

Document Description
xl.cfg(5), disk configuration This document specifies the xl config file format disk configuration option.
xl.cfg(5), network configuration This document specifies the xl config file format vif configuration option.
xl.cfg(5), tsc_mode configuration In Xen 4 a new config option called tsc_mode may be specified for each domain. This document is targeted for Xen users and administrators that may need to select a non-default tsc_mode.
xm.cfg(5), sEDF scheduler The sEDF scheduler provides weighted CPU sharing in an intuitive way and uses realtime-algorithms to ensure time guarantees.
xl-numa.cfg(5), Guest Automatic NUMA placement in LIBXL and XL This document describes the automatic placement options for NUMA hardware in XL.

Advanced Topics

Document(s) Category Description Also See
Environment Variables for different Linux distros Distros With directory layout differences between Red Hat, Debian, Suse and other distros one needs to set the variables for CONFIG_LEAF_DIR, SUBSYS_DIR and INITD_DIR. Distros
Distro directory layouts Distros Overview of the differences in directory layout between RHEL, Debian and Suse. Distros
How to do PCI Passthrough with VT-d PCI Passthrough VGA
Xen PCI Passthrough Overview, VT-d HowTo
Virtual TPM support Security This document gives a short introduction to the virtual TPM support in XEN and goes as far as connecting a user domain to a virtual TPM instance and doing a short test to verify success. It is assumed that the user is fairly familiar with compiling and installing XEN and Linux on a machine. Security
Virtual Trusted Platform Module (research note)
Qemu Upstream: How to use it QEMU Pointer to a wiki page documenting how to build XXen with the QEMU unstable tree.
sEDF scheduler how to Scheduler / Performance Using the SsEDF scheduler for weighted CPU sharing. Performance
XL placement Performance NUMA Node placement. Performance NUMA
VT-d HOWTO PCI Passthrough How to use Intel's VT-d extensions. VGA
XSM/FLASK Configuration Security Configuring Xen to use the XSM/FLASK mandatory access control framework Security
More documentation: See Generated documents

Developer Topics

Document(s) Category Description Also See
Kexec, and kdump for Xen Developers Guide to using kexec to switch to a new kernel; and kdump for catching a dump image, with Xen. Developers
Xen Core Dump Format Developers Format of the output of the x{m,l} core-dump command Developers
Xen Guest Disk (VBD) interface Developers The interface exposed to DomUs for communicating with block devices. Developers
Xenstore Protocol Definition Developers Definition of standard behaviour, when using Xenstore. Developers
A rough introduction to using grant tables Developers Explanation of the data structures, and hypercalls required to share memory between domains. Developers
Xen Error Handling Developers Explanation of the various types of error (BUG, ASSERT etc) that the hypervisor, and guest can call. Developers
Xen HVM emulated device unplug protocol Developers Definition of the protocol used to disconnect emulated deivces, get log messages from drivers, and prevent Dom0 from loading specific drivers. Developers
Xen paging Developers Allow the sum of memory allocated to guests > physical memory available, by paging out. Developers
Xen Crash Debugger Developers Using gdb to analyse why Xen has crashed. Developers

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