I want my N40L server to host virtual machines,so KVM will be my solution. It’s so easy to install in CentOS 6 with yum:
yum install qemu-kvm qemu-kvm-tools uml_utilities
I’ll need some tools to manage my virtual machines: virt-manager, virtinst and virt-viewer offered by RedHat Emerging Technology. These tools need the libvirt API (also offered by RedHat Emerging Technology) to interact with KVM. You can install all these packages with yum:
yum install libvirt virt-manager
And you’re done! … but I have one problem. Thanks to this post at Binary Bit Me blog, I found that the bridge compatibility mode (brcompat) is not longer needed if you use libvirt >= 0.9.11 but CentOS 6.3 offers you 0.9.10 version 😦 so why not compiling libvirt and virtual manager tools as well (maybe I can test it later)? It’s quick and easy using the README and INSTALL files.
— Libvirt 0.10.1 —
Download libvirt from the libvirt web site or with git. You’ll need some CentOS packages.
yum install gnutls-devel device-mapper-devel python-devel libnl-devel yajl-devel libxml2-devel ./configure --prefix=/usr --with-yajl make make install ldconfig
One thing was missing.
I tried to use virt-manager as a non-root (e.g oneadmin user for OpenNebula) user and the following error appeared: “Unable to connect to libvirt: authentication failed: Authorization requires authentication but no agent is available.”. If you want any other user than root can use libvirt, you’ll have to:
- create a libvirt group
- add that user to the libvirt group
- modify the libvirtd.conf so unix sockets are owned by libvirt group
You have all the information in the Antarktikos blog.
libxml2-devel is also needed. Thank you Kolmis.
— Virtinst —
Download virtinst from Virt Manager web site, and use python to install them.
python setup.py install
— VirtManager 0.9.4 —
yum install intltool PackageKit-gtk-module wget http://virt-manager.org/download/sources/virt-manager/virt-manager-0.9.4.tar.gz tar xvfz virt-manager-0.9.4.tar.gz cd virt-manager-0.9.4 ./configure --prefix=/usr make make install
— Virt Viewer —
yum install spice-gtk-devel gtk-vnc-devel wget http://virt-manager.org/download/sources/virt-viewer/virt-viewer-0.5.4.tar.gz tar xvfz virt-viewer-0.5.4.tar.gz cd virt-viewer-0.5.4 ./configure --prefix=/usr make make install
I’ll try to generate rpm packages but I’ve no more time today 😉