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Xen Virtualization by Prabhakar Chaganti

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Vmcasting

Vmcasting is a cool new technology that can automate the deployment of virtual machine images using the popular RSS 2.0 format (http://www.vmcasting.org/). The machine image itself is transferred to a client as a .xvm archive, which is nothing but a simple tarfile that contains the following items:

  • xvm.xml: An xml file describing the image archive.
  • manifest.txt: The contents of the archive along with sha1 sums.
  • mf-signature.asc: gpg signature for the manifest.txt file.
  • signature.asc: gpg signature for the xvm.xml file.
  • imagefiles: Any number of gzip compressed hard disk partition images.

The Vmcasting website provides a download for a Debian image in the above format. The following screenshot shows the contents of the Debian .xvm archive. ...

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