Virtualization Technology: rPath X6 Manages Linux and Windows VMs, On-Premises and in the Cloud

 
 
By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2011-05-25
 
 
 

Flash UI

rPath X6 sports a Flash-based UI, which manages to pack a good deal of system administration detail into its series of tabs and collapsible menu lists.

Flash UI

vSphere Target

I connected rPath X6 to the vSphere installation in our lab, and found that I could launch new instances of pre-existing VM templates.

vSphere Target

Appliance Images

I tested with VMware and Amazon EC2 images, but rPath X6 supports a handful of others, including those for Hyper-V, XenServer and KVM.

Appliance Images

Platform Support

rPath X6 supports CentOS 5, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Window Server as platforms for building software appliances.

Platform Support

Deploy to EC2

After getting my appliance in order on our local vSphere installation, it was easy to create and upload a version of my image to Amazon EC2.

Deploy to EC2

Package Import

I added the latest version of Wordpress to my test appliance by supplying the URL to the most recent archive of the project's code.

Package Import

Appliance Configuration

Appliances set up for configuration pick up controls in the X6 interface for manipulating config file variables and scripts.

Appliance Configuration

Configuration Setup

To enable the configuration tab in the X6 interface, I first had to create a package of XML and script files to carry out the configuration operations.

Configuration Setup

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