Redhat Virtualization Management Basics: This document is intended to help with basic administration of virtual servers.

1. A host server must have the following services running (they are configured to start at boot)

  1. libvirtd
    • $ sudo service libvirtd status
    b. dnsmasq
    • $ sudo service dnsmasq status

2. To manage a host's virtual servers, you can use "virt-manager" or "virsh":

  1. virt-manager - This is a graphical application running on each host system. To run it you must be a member of the "kvm" group. You also must
    • have a local PC version of X-Windows running, such as Cygwin-X. After that is installed, simply enable X Forwarding in SecureCRT or putty. At the command line of each host, execute the following command to start the application:
    • $ virt-manager
    b. virsh - This is a command line utility, it is very well documented (it must be ran as root):
    • $ man virsh
    • . --common commands
    • $ sudo virsh list
    • $ sudo virsh servername shutdown
    • $ sudo virsh servername start

RedHat Virtualization Basics (last edited 2011-08-16 18:23:02 by Bryce Camp)