The MLN Project
Complex virtual machine management made easy
What is MLN?MLN (Manage Large Networks) is a virtual machine administration tool designed to build and run virtual machine networks based on Xen, VMware Server and User-Mode Linux. It is ideal for creating virtual network labs for education, testing, hosting or simply playing around with virtual machines.
Get the latest MLN release:
wget http://mln.sourceforge.net/files/mln-latest.tar.gz tar xzf mln-latest.tar.gz; cd mln-latest ./mln setup cp mln /usr/local/bin
News04/11 - 2009
Introducing version 1.0.5 along with the Amazon EC2 plugin. This plugin allows you to manage Amazon EC2 instances just as any other VM on your server. In fact, you can use MLN and the EC2 plugin without Xen installed on your local machine if you are only interested in running virtual machines in the cloud.
MLN's strong points when used with EC2:
14/01 - 2009
A new version of MLN, 1.0.1 with mostly bugfixes and improved speed when building projects which use LVM. Also, a release of the iSCSI plugin and a complete howto in the MLN manual
9/11 - 2008
Scripts from the LISA 08 tutorial: "VMs: What are they good for" can be found here. Slides and info can be found at www.aeleen.com/lisa08.htm
3/11 - 2008
Version 1.0.0 is now official! It has been time to mark this milestone for quite some time now. I have been working on improving stability and getting MLN to a point where it is easy to use as a tool. Please sownload and test this latest version and provide feedback. 30/10 - 2008
I am proud to release another update to version 0.83. It hase several improvements, but the most noteworthy are:
12/11 - 2007
The long-awaited release of MLN 0.83 is finally out, bringing with it some important improvements:
14/12 - 2006
Some confusion about LVM on non-debian distributions promted this little bugfix. here.
07/12 - 2006
LISA 06 slides can be downloaded here.
The demos are here as well: mln-demo1.avi, mln-demo2.avi
01/12 - 2006
In time for the USENIX/LISA conference, a batch of bugfixes. Download the newest version here.
31/08 - 2006
A beta release of the 0.82 version is now available here: mln-0.82b16.tar.gz (updated on 04/09)
One should be able to use it instead of the 0.81 release. Most of the work left is in documentation. Improvements of this release:
A minor version update with bugfixes: 0.81.1 .. and now even 0.81.2
20/4 - 2006
2/4 - 2006
I am pleased to announce version 0.80 of mln with the following improvements:
16/05 - 2005
Quick feedback from users enabled this little update: 0.74.3 is recommended for all.
11/05 - 2005
We are proud to announce that version 0.74 of MLN is available for download. It contains a host of bugfixes and also a range of usability features. Be sure to use the latest templates.
It has been a while, but another release candidate is out: 0.73rc3.
New features are:
A release candidate for version 0.73 is now available. The output is still a bit rough. New features include:
The latest revision of mln, 0.72r1 is now out. If contains a few bugfixes and no new features.
A new revision of version 0.72 is out due to a bug in the user/group ownership of switches.
We are proud to announce the release of MLN version 0.72 with numerous usability fixes and new features. Main changes from the previous version are:
mln-0.71 is out! It is now possible to download templates from sourceforge too. We hope you'll have great fun with it.
We have just written this very webpage. The next task is to bring the documentation online.