Managing Xen With Xen-Tools, Xen-Shell, And Argo - Page 3

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Argo has a client written in PHP which provides a web interface to Xen. To run these PHP scripts, we need a web server with PHP:

apt-get install apache2 apache2-doc

apt-get install libapache2-mod-php4 libapache2-mod-perl2 php4 php4-cli php4-common php4-curl php4-dev php4-domxml php4-gd php4-imap php4-ldap php4-mcal php4-mhash php4-mysql php4-odbc php4-pear php4-xslt

You will be asked the following question:

Continue installing libc-client without Maildir support? <-- Yes

There are Debian packages for Argo which we can install. Therefore, we edit /etc/apt/sources.list and add these two lines:

vi /etc/apt/sources.list

deb sarge main non-free contrib
deb-src sarge main non-free contrib

Then we run

apt-get update

and install Argo:

apt-get install argo-client-dialog argo-client-php argo-server

To connect to Argo, we must provide a username and password. The default username is admin, the default password is password. Both are specified in /etc/argo-server/argo-server.conf, and if you like you can change them:

vi /etc/argo-server/argo-server.conf

admin : verysecretpassword, *

Next, we must change the default Apache vhost so that we can access Argo using a web browser. Therefore, we replace the default Apache vhost like this:

cp /etc/apache2/sites-available/default /etc/apache2/sites-available/default_orig
cat /dev/null > /etc/apache2/sites-available/default
vi /etc/apache2/sites-available/default

<VirtualHost *>
        DocumentRoot /usr/share/argo/
    ServerName   xen

        DirectoryIndex index.php

    # Logfiles
        ErrorLog  /var/log/apache2/xen.log
        CustomLog /var/log/apache2/xen.log combined


and restart Apache:

/etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Then we start Argo:

/etc/init.d/argo-server start

Now you can direct your browser to and log in. The web interface is pretty simple and straightforward:

You can also invoke the Argo interface in the shell by running


The interface looks like this:

Have fun!


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From: at: 2009-01-01 23:48:05

Use these in /etc/apt/asources.lst as the above ones are no longer working:

deb etch main non-free contrib
deb-src etch main non-free contrib


From: Anonymous at: 2010-12-02 22:10:22

All these package links are dead! :(

From: at: 2009-01-01 23:56:56

If you receive gpg key realyed message when running apt-get update, then check this: