martedì 9 maggio 2017

Back up your Xenserver with Xenbackup-ng, now with Tag and vApp Support!

It's time to release an update to xenbackup-ng script.

I added two new features:

  • Tag Support: you can tag your vm and backup them by selecting tags.
  • vApp Support: if you are used to group vm in vApps you can select vm to backup by vApp.
You can download xenbackup-ng from github:

mercoledì 3 febbraio 2016

pfSense on XenServer: enable VLAN Support for xn ethernet adapter

I was migrating my PfSense boxes from vmware to xenserver and I was disappointed when trying to create a VLAN the XenServer xn interface wasn't listed as capable.

I lurked in forums in search for a solution and found that in stock BSD the xn interface is reported working fine with VLANs, even the vlanmtu is not reported as capable at driver level.

So my idea is to cheat pfsense and report xn network devices as VLAN capable.

Here's the trick:

Go to Diagnostic -> Edit File
Load file /etc/inc/

Locate the function is_jumbo_capable ( in pfsense 2.2.6 starts at line 5181) end edit as is:

/****f* interfaces/is_jumbo_capable
 *   is_jumbo_capable - Test if interface is jumbo frame capable.  Useful for determining VLAN capability.
 *   $int             - string containing interface name
 *   boolean          - true or false
function is_jumbo_capable($iface) {
$iface = trim($iface);
$capable = pfSense_get_interface_addresses($iface);

if (isset($capable['caps']['vlanmtu']))
return true;

// hack for some lagg modes missing vlanmtu, but work fine w/VLANs
if (substr($iface, 0, 4) == "lagg")
return true;

        // hack for XenServer xn interfaces
if (substr($iface, 0, 2) == "xn")
return true;

return false;

Then go to Interfaces->Assign->VLAN and create your VLAN interface on your xn network!

Refers To: Pfsense issue 4103