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Applies to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP3

Part I Introduction

  • 1 Virtualization technology
  • Virtualization is a technology that provides a way for a machine (Host) to run another operating system (guest virtual machines) on top of the host operating system.

  • 2 Virtualization scenarios
  • Virtualization provides several useful capabilities to your organization: more efficient hardware use, support for legacy software, operating system isolation, live migration, disaster recovery, and load balancing.

  • 3 Introduction to Xen virtualization
  • This chapter introduces and explains the components and technologies you need to understand to set up and manage a Xen-based virtualization environment.

  • 4 Introduction to KVM virtualization
  • 5 Virtualization tools
  • libvirt is a library that provides a common API for managing popular virtualization solutions, among them KVM and Xen. The library provides a normalized management API for these virtualization solutions, allowing a stable, cross-hypervisor interface for higher-level management tools. The library also provides APIs for management of virtual networks and storage on the VM Host Server. The configuration of each VM Guest is stored in an XML file.

    With libvirt you can also manage your VM Guests remotely. It supports TLS encryption, x509 certificates and authentication with SASL. This enables managing VM Host Servers centrally from a single workstation, alleviating the need to access each VM Host Server individually.

    Using the libvirt-based tools is the recommended way of managing VM Guests. Interoperability between libvirt and libvirt-based applications has been tested and is an essential part of SUSE's support stance.

  • 6 Installation of virtualization components
  • You can install the virtualization tools required to run a VM Host Server in two ways:

  • 7 Virtualization limits and support
  • QEMU is only supported when used for virtualization together with the KVM or Xen hypervisors. The TCG accelerator is not supported, even when it is distributed within SUSE products. Users must not rely on QEMU TCG to provide guest isolation, or for any security guarantees. See also https://qemu-proj…