On Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 04:08:21PM -0500, John Himpel wrote:
What would be the best location to look for user/administrator
documentation for using KVM. Most of what I find is either out of date
or very difficult for me to understand (I have tried reading "Part III
Configuration) of the Fedora 13 Virtualization Guide, but things like
PCI Passthru, SR_IVO USB device passthru and N_PortID are beyond my
Justin is working on improving the documentation (CC'd).
My advice would be the same as for the other respondant. Start up
virt-manager and follow the wizard to create one or two test VMs.
Once you have these you can try out the command line tools, eg:
# virsh list --all
# virsh dumpxml <GuestName>
If you follow the 'tip' and/or 'virt-tools' tags on my blog you'll
find that I regularly post tips on how to use the tools, and there is
an archive of posts going back over a year:
We are also working on a virt tools umbrella website which will
contain introductory documentation.
I also have to run a proprietary VPN under Win 7 to access my network
work. I would like to run Win 7 under KVM, but I got lost about do I
need win-virtio drivers or not. If so, it talks about making a floppy
for installation time. Would making a DVD with the drivers work as
Virtio has historically (and still now) been very under-documented.
Part of the problem with Windows is that we're not allowed (by MSFT
licensing) to distribute the fully signed drivers, which means you
have to hack your Windows guest registry so that it can load unsigned
drivers. Which actually you can do almost automatically using
virt-win-reg, but it's not documented yet how to do this ...
So for Windows it's all a bit of a mess. FWIW I use IDE emulation for
all my own Windows guests, but then I don't really use Windows very
Richard Jones, Virtualization Group, Red Hat http://people.redhat.com/~rjones
virt-p2v converts physical machines to virtual machines. Boot with a
live CD or over the network (PXE) and turn machines into Xen guests.