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Running Xen: A Hands-On Guide to the Art of Virtualization by Jeanna Matthews, Brendan Johnson, Patrick F. Wilbur, Jeremy Bongio, Wenjin Hu, Todd Deshane, Eli M. Dow

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Chapter 8. Storing Guest Images

Now that you know how to create and use guest images, the next thing to consider is which storage method is most appropriate for you. In this chapter, we discuss local storage options such as logical volumes; network storage options such as iSCSI, ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE); and network file systems such as NFS. We also discuss the related issue of image archival, including how to create your own file-based disk and partition images.

In Chapter 5, “Using Prebuilt Guest Images,” we discussed the use of prebuilt guest images including how to unpack them into a hard drive partition. Physical hard drive partitions performance can be better than using file-based guest images, particularly if you can avoid contention over ...

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