In a previous post while preparing for RHCSA I installed kvm post-installation, via the GUI.
But how to install, configure and use it only from the CLI?
http://virt-manager.org/page/Main_Page has some details
As a test-machine I’m using a server with Scientific Linux 6.2 (with virtualization enabled as seen by ‘cat /proc/cpuinfo|grep vmx’).
None of the Virtualization Groups are installed, as seen by ‘yum grouplist’. While doing that you’ll find four different groups. You can use
yum groupinfo "Virtualization Client"
or correspondingly to get more information about the group.
yum groupinstall Virtualization "Virtualization Tools" "Virtualization Platform" "Virtualization Client"
This installs a lot of things. Libvirt, virt-manager, qemu, gnome and python things.
service libvirtd start
This also sets up a bridge-interface (virbr0).
Now, how to install a machine or connect to the hypervisor?
How to get console?
ssh -XYC user@kvmserver
did not work.
On the client you could try to do:
yum groupinstall "Virtualization Client"
yum install libvirt
Then start virt-manager and connect to your server. However this didn’t work for me either. Is virtualization needed on the client too?
Noit is not, first: check if Virtualization is enabled on the server. Look in /var/log/messages for
kernel: kvm: disabled by bios
If it says that you’ll need to go into BIOS / Processor Options / and enable Virtualization.
Then you can start virt-manager, check that you can connect to the KVMserver.
Copy a .iso to /var/lib/libvirt/images on the server.
Re-connect to the kvm-server in virt-manager.
Add a new VM called test. Using 6.2 net-install and NAT network interface. This may take a while.
Pointing the VM to kvm-server where a httpd is running (remember firewall rules) and an SL 6.2 is stored. Installing a Basic Server.
OK, we could use virt-manager, it’s quite straight-forward and doesn’t require any edits of config files at all.
Moving on to virsh.
To install a vm you use ‘virt-install’.
You can get lots of info from ‘virsh’
virsh vol-list default
virsh dumpxml test > /tmp/test.xml
cp /tmp/test.xml /tmp/new.xml
change name to new and remove line with UUID
virsh help create
virsh create --file /tmp/new.xml
This creates a new VM that uses the same disk and setup. But, if you shut down this new domain, it will disappear from virsh list –all and the list. To keep it you need to define it first:
virsh define --file /tmp/new.xml
virsh start new
This can become quite a bit more complicated. You would probably want to make clones (virt-clone) or snapshots (virsh help snapshot) instead of using the same disk file.
Making your own .xml from scratch looks fairly complicated. You could use ‘virt-install’ however.
virt-install -n awesome -r 1024 --vcpus 1 --description=AWESOME --cdrom /var/lib/libvirt/images/CentOS-6.2-x86_64-netinstall.iso --os-type=linux --os-variant=rhel6 --disk path=/var/lib/libvirt/images/awesome,size=8 --hvm
For this the console actually works while running ‘virt-install’ over ssh on the kvm-server.
To make edit to a vm over ssh:
virsh edit NAMEOFVM