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From: "Martin Betak" <mbetak(a)redhat.com>
Sent: Friday, June 7, 2013 7:32:31 PM
Subject: [Engine-devel] Guest Reboot
Customers request the ability to reboot a VM with a single click so I started
designing the overall architecture and planing out the required changes to
the respective components.
You can find the wiki page for the initial draft at  and I would like to
ask you for your input on my general design and potential issues that could
arise in some corner cases.
Please feel free to respond to this thread or add to the Issues section of
Thanks in advance for your opinions :-)
Starting version 3.3 we'll enable a fully operational watchdog device.
This device is capable of auto-restarting a guest in case something
goes wrong in the guest (BSOD / kernel panic). This may handle some
of your use cases but not all of them.
My only request from you is to verify the reboot expected behavior
in VMs who are actively using a watchdog device set to restart the
guest. Otherwise users will see conflicts and/or double reboots.
The VM configuration may or may not include a guest agent and a
watchdog device. A watchdog device may reset (reboot) the guest,
but may also pause it for debugging purposes or simply do nothing.
So a table that lists VM configuration and expected behavior should
probably clarify everything and prevent implementation issues.