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Cow, xen and lvm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copy-on-write
COW may also be used as the underlying mechanism for snapshots provided by logical volume management

http://wiki.xensource.com/xenwiki/COWHowTo

The use of logical volumes (instead of loop files) is now almost given for suggested. Loop files had a big advantage, i.e. the possibility of using "cow files". Now it is possible to make something similar with LVM.

There is a case in which using cow files is not just suggested, but necessary: it is the situation where one must use a virtual machine for every user, i.e. for windows xp virtualization (windows xp does not allow multiuser by default). In this case one could use loopfiles and cow-files, or try LVM2 snapshots, as explained in the link above. It has got an impact on performance, though. Any guess on how to avoid this?

By: davide lamanna On Thursday, 28 January 2010 Comment Comments( 0 ) Hits Views(31436)
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