I would like to hear your opinion on adding Virtual Machine status and management
capability to the Cockpit.
I've already played with this idea for some time. It lead me to a plugin providing
such a functionality, but with dependency on the oVirt (VDSM).
- lists all VMs running on the host,
- displays some charts, statistics and other VM details
- plus allows set of actions on them (so far basic - shutdown, restart, console, but can
With optional access to oVirt's engine, additional cluster-related functionality is
- list of VMs in a cluster,
- VM run,
- click-through to other cockpit running particular VM
In hindsight, there might be a better approach in contributing VM status&management to
the Cockpit upstream, alongside with recent Docker or Kubernetes.
As a starting point, a list of running VMs will be displayed and basic set of actions
Vision: implement in the Cockpit
- similar functionality as is recently done for the desktop's virt-manager but with
the benefit of revising the User Experience
- allow monitoring&management of cluster VMs, if the host is part of any
This feature would be libvirt-based, not VDSM - so no additional dependencies for
The VDSM would be preferred service provider, if *optionally* installed on the host.
Similar for oVirt's engine - if accessible then cluster-related functionality is
provided (i.e. cluster VMs list, managed VM migration, run a VM "in a cluster",
cockpit's VM detail click-through, etc.).
Benefit for users: support for VM management out of the box with layered access to
functionality as more advanced VM management tools are installed on a host
Please share your ideas.