Grant McWilliams

Tech Virtualization Xenserver Howtos Install Xenapi Admin Tools from github

Install Xenapi Admin Tools from github

The Xenapi Admin Tools are starting to  become so useful that I don't like having XCP hosts without them. Currently you can go to http://xenapi-admin-project.github.com/xenapi-admin-tools/ and download the archive onto your host, extract it and then copy the tools to your PATH. This however, is a lot of work since they get updated often. In the coming weeks (months?) I'll be finishing the Yum repo for Xenapi Admin Tools so the XCP package manager can keep them up to date. Until I get that accomplished however it may be easier to just install git and clone the github repository. Every time you want to get updates you'd just cd into the xenapi-admin-tools directory and run git pull.

 

With that in mind we have to add the EPEL repository where git is housed in order to use Yum to install it.

 

Install the EPEL repo

rpm -ivh http://mirror.itc.virginia.edu/fedora-epel/5/i386/epel-release-5-4.noarch.rpm

 

Install git

yum install git

 

Disable EPEL repo

The EPEL repository is enabled by default so we didn't have to do anything special to install git. However, you may not want it enabled all the time because packages that EPEL hosts may replace XCP specific packages and mess up your system

sed -i 's/enabled=1/enabled=0/g' /etc/yum.repos.d/epel.repo

 

 

Configuring git


To use git to clone our Xenapi Admin Tools repository you'll need to set a few configuration items.

git config --global user.name "Your User Name"
git config --global user.email "Your Email Address" git config --global credential.helper cache git config --global credential.helper 'cache --timeout 3600'

 

Now that git is configured you'll want to clone the repository.

cd /root
git clone https://github.com/Xenapi-Admin-Project/xenapi-admin-tools.git

 

This will create a xenapi-admin-tools directory in /root. The tools are in xenapi-admin-tools/releases/<version number> so you'll probably want to copy them to somewhere in the system PATH (or make a symbolic link). I personally use a /root/bin directory to hold them.

 

 

Tech Virtualization Xenserver Howtos Install Xenapi Admin Tools from github