The Book of Xen (No Starch Press, October 2009, 312 pp., $49.95, ISBN 9781593271862) gives readers both theoretical discussions of Xen's underpinnings and practical examples of Xen in action. Expert authors Chris Takemura and Luke S. Crawford begin with a high-level overview of Xen and then delve into the advanced details, like installation, networking, memory management, and virtualized storage. They also explain how to use Xen and standard Linux tools to take snapshot backups, perform QoS operations on network traffic, and limit over-aggressive disk users.
"Xen is cool stuff, but it's also deep and wide and dense," said Paul Vixie, architect of BIND and president of Internet Systems Consortium. "Luke and Chris have unscrambled Xen into the linear form of a printed book in about the best way I can imagine anybody doing it."
The Book of Xen teaches readers how to:
Takemura and Crawford are long-time Xen consultants and use the technology extensively in their hosting company, prgmr.com. In The Book of Xen, they share their hard-won experience with verve and style. And when it comes to running a complicated open source virtualization technology like Xen, expert advice is priceless.
For more information or to request a review copy of The Book of Xen, contact Travis Peterson at No Starch Press (firstname.lastname@example.org, +1.415.863.9900, x300), or visit www.nostarch.com.
About the Authors
Chris Takemura is a longtime *nix sysadmin, Perl hacker, and technological hobbyist. He's been using Xen from its early days, and helped to build prgmr.com's reputation as "hosting for the technically adept."
Luke S. Crawford has used virtualization in production since before it was cool, virtualizing hundreds of servers for large and small corporations. He launched the prgmr.com VPS service in 2005, selling virtual servers based on FreeBSD jails before switching to Xen in an effort to more fairly allocate resources.
Chapter 7: "Hosting Untrusted Users Under Xen: Lessons from the Trenches" (PDF)
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The Book of Xen
by Chris Takemura and Luke S. Crawford
October 2009, 312 pp
ISBN 9781593271862, $49.95 USD
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