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Virtualization Guide
  1. Preface
  2. I Introduction
    1. 1 Virtualization technology
    2. 2 Virtualization scenarios
    3. 3 Introduction to Xen virtualization
    4. 4 Introduction to KVM virtualization
    5. 5 Virtualization tools
    6. 6 Installation of virtualization components
    7. 7 Virtualization limits and support
  3. II Managing virtual machines with libvirt
    1. 8 Starting and stopping libvirtd
    2. 9 Preparing the VM Host Server
    3. 10 Guest installation
    4. 11 Basic VM Guest management
    5. 12 Connecting and authorizing
    6. 13 Advanced storage topics
    7. 14 Configuring virtual machines with Virtual Machine Manager
    8. 15 Configuring virtual machines with virsh
    9. 16 Managing virtual machines with Vagrant
    10. 17 Xen to KVM migration guide
  4. III Hypervisor-independent features
    1. 18 Disk cache modes
    2. 19 VM Guest clock settings
    3. 20 libguestfs
    4. 21 QEMU guest agent
    5. 22 Software TPM emulator
  5. IV Managing virtual machines with Xen
    1. 23 Setting up a virtual machine host
    2. 24 Virtual networking
    3. 25 Managing a virtualization environment
    4. 26 Block devices in Xen
    5. 27 Virtualization: configuration options and settings
    6. 28 Administrative tasks
    7. 29 XenStore: configuration database shared between domains
    8. 30 Xen as a high-availability virtualization host
    9. 31 Xen: converting a paravirtual (PV) guest into a fully virtual (FV/HVM) guest
  6. V Managing virtual machines with QEMU
    1. 32 QEMU overview
    2. 33 Setting up a KVM VM Host Server
    3. 34 Guest installation
    4. 35 Running virtual machines with qemu-system-ARCH
    5. 36 Virtual machine administration using QEMU monitor
  7. Glossary
  8. A Virtual machine drivers
  9. B Configuring GPU Pass-Through for NVIDIA cards
  10. C XM, XL toolstacks, and the libvirt framework
  11. D GNU licenses
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Applies to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP3

Part II Managing virtual machines with libvirt

8 Starting and stopping libvirtd

The communication between the virtualization solutions (KVM, Xen) and the libvirt API is managed by the libvirtd daemon. It needs to run on the VM Host Server. libvirt client applications such as virt-manager, possibly running on a remote machine, communicate with libvirtd running on the VM Host Ser…

9 Preparing the VM Host Server

Before you can install guest virtual machines, you need to prepare the VM Host Server to provide the guests with the resources that they need for their operation. Specifically, you need to configure:

10 Guest installation

A VM Guest consists of an image containing an operating system and data files and a configuration file describing the VM Guest's virtual hardware resources. VM Guests are hosted on and controlled by the VM Host Server. This section provides generalized instructions for installing a VM Guest. For a l…

11 Basic VM Guest management

Most management tasks, such as starting or stopping a VM Guest, can either be done using the graphical application Virtual Machine Manager or on the command line using virsh. Connecting to the graphical console via VNC is only possible from a graphical user interface.

12 Connecting and authorizing

Managing several VM Host Servers, each hosting multiple VM Guests, quickly becomes difficult. One benefit of libvirt is the ability to connect to several VM Host Servers at once, providing a single interface to manage all VM Guests and to connect to their graphical console.

13 Advanced storage topics

This chapter introduces advanced topics about manipulating storage from the perspective of the VM Host Server.

14 Configuring virtual machines with Virtual Machine Manager

Virtual Machine Manager's Details view offers in-depth information about the VM Guest's complete configuration and hardware equipment. Using this view, you can also change the guest configuration or add and modify virtual hardware. To access this view, open the guest's console in Virtual Machine Manager and either choose View › Details from the menu, or click Show virtual hardware details in the toolbar.

15 Configuring virtual machines with virsh

You can use virsh to configure virtual machines (VM) on the command line as an alternative to using the Virtual Machine Manager. With virsh, you can control the state of a VM, edit the configuration of a VM or even migrate a VM to another host. The following sections describe how to manage VMs by using virsh.

16 Managing virtual machines with Vagrant

Vagrant is a tool that provides a unified workflow for the creation, deployment and management of virtual development environments. The following sections describe how to manage virtual machines by using Vagrant.

17 Xen to KVM migration guide

As the KVM virtualization solution is becoming more and more popular among server administrators, many of them need a path to migrate their existing Xen based environments to KVM. As of now, there are no mature tools to automatically convert Xen VMs to KVM. There is, however, a technical solution th…

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