16 February 2014

As a continuation of previous article introducing Cobbler inside VirtualBox, this one will talk about power management.

First of all, as a principle of no reinventing of the wheel, here is the fence agent for VirtualBox. But there are a few bugs which are slightly annoying, so I clone it and make it on Github.

I suppose you already have Perl execution environment, then just follow the steps below:

  1. Download either from the original repository or from my cloned one;
  2. Copy fence_vbox to /usr/local/sbin;
  3. cobbler sync or even service cobbler restart and service apache2 restart;
  4. Create a file named fence_vbox.template under /etc/cobbler/power/ with content: vmname=$power_id vboxhost=$power_address login=$power_user action=$power_mode
  5. In Systems configuration of Cobbler Web UI, fill in following info: Power Management IP address here shows that NAT is used and this IP points to your host;
  6. As this Perl script uses simple ssh login to interact with VBoxManage, it will prompt for password, so you need to generate public key for root user inside the virtual machine and put it to the user’s home of the host machine, which is $HOME/.ssh/authorized_keys, and make sure to do an ssh login at least once to accept your host machine as a “known host”;
  7. Then run cobbler system powerstatus --name=<name of the system>, you should be able to check the status.

BTW, I do think Cobbler does not respect FenceAgentAPI, because powerstatus checking should result return value as 2 as specified by the API spec, but Cobbler keeps checking again and again and finally gets timeout, and if I put the return value as 0, it is then OK.

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