How to take a XenServer toolstack (XAPI) database dump and view it

XenServer stores the vital information related to objects such as VM, VIF, VDI, PBD in an XML format file under /var/xapi/state.db. This file is synced between pool members at regular intervals to maintain a consistent view of the XenServer pool.

We recommend that you back up this XAPI database file. This article describes how to do that and how to view the file in a formatted way


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