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System and Method for Retrieving from a Virtual Machine, Information Related to the Physical Machine Hosting this Virtual Machine

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000018632D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Jul-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jul-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The object of the present disclosure is to allow a user connected to a virtual machine (or a virtual machine itself) to identify on which physical host system the virtual machine is running.

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System and Method for Retrieving from a Virtual Machine,

Information Related to the Physical Machine Hosting this Virtual Machine

In a networking environment where virtual machines are located on various physical machines, it may be difficult or even impossible for a user connected to a virtual machine, to determine exactly on which physical machine, his/her application is actually running and to obtain information about these physical machines. In many cases, for security reasons, the virtual machine architecture prevents users to identify the physical machines. Virtual machines have their own logical environment. They are completely isolated from the physical machines on which they are running and also from the other virtual machines. In some situations, this can be a problem, for example, in Grid architectures or in autonomic computing environments where virtual machines are assigned to physical host systems.

The software running on Virtual machines emulates hardware machines at a low level. The operating system running on a virtual machine acts as it was running on a real hardware architecture. It is not aware that it is running on a virtual machine. There is no means for directly retrieving information related to the physical machine. The object of the present disclosure is to allow a user connected to a virtual machine (or a virtual machine itself) to identify on which physical host system the virtual machine is running. It is another object of the present disclosure to provide means for sharing information between a virtual machine and a physical host system. The...