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KVM : Create Virtual Machine#1
2019/01/18
 
Install GuestOS and create a Virtual Machine. This example shows to install SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15.
[1] On this example, Put SLES Installer ISO image under the /tmp directory and Install GuestOS on text mode via network. It's OK on Console or remote connection with Putty and so on. Furthermore, Virtual Machine's images are placed at [/var/lib/libvirt/images] by default as a Storage Pool, but this example shows to create and use a new Storage Pool.
# create a Storage Pool directory

dlp:~ #
mkdir -p /var/kvm/images

dlp:~ #
virt-install \
--name sle15 \
--ram 4096 \
--disk path=/var/kvm/images/sle15.img,size=30 \
--vcpus 2 \
--os-type linux \
--os-variant sle15 \
--network bridge=br0 \
--graphics none \
--console pty,target_type=serial \
--location /tmp/SLE-15-Installer-DVD-x86_64-GM-DVD1.iso \
--extra-args 'console=ttyS0,115200n8 serial'
Starting install...    
# installation starts
 
The example of options above means like follows. There are many options for others, make sure with [man virt-install].
--name
specify the name of Virtual Machine
--ram
specify the amount of memories of Virtual Machine
--disk path=xxx ,size=xxx
[path=] specify the location of disks of Virtual Machine
[size=] specify the amount of disks of Virtual Machine
--vcpus
specify the virtual CPUs
--os-type
specify the type of GuestOS
--os-variant
specify the kind of GuestOS
possible to show the list of OS with follows
# osinfo-query os
--network
specify network types of Virtual Machine
--graphics
specify the kind of graphics. if set [none], it means nographics.
--console
specify the console type
--location
specify the location of installation source where from
--extra-args
specify parameters that is set in kernel

[2] Install on text mode, it's the same with common procedure of installation. After finishing installation, reboot first and then login prompt is shown like follwos.
Welcome to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15  (x86_64) - Kernel 4.12.14-25.25-default (ttyS0).

eth0: 10.0.0.204 fe80::5054:ff:feff:cfce


linux-6am4 login:
[3] Move to GuestOS to HostOS with Ctrl + ] key.
Move to HostOS to GuestOS with a command 'virsh console (name of virtual machine)'.
linux-6am4:~ #    
# Ctrl + ] key

dlp:~ #    
# Host's console
dlp:~ #
virsh console sle15
   
# move to Guest

Connected to domain sle15
Escape character is ^]    
# Enter key
linux-6am4:~ #    
# Guest's console
[4] It's easy to create another VM to copy from current VM with a command below.
dlp:~ #
virt-clone --original sle15 --name template --file /var/kvm/images/template.img

Allocating 'template.img' | 30 GB 00:00:02
Clone 'template' created successfully.
# disk image

dlp:~ #
ll /var/kvm/images/template.img

-rw------- 1 root root 2835087360 Jan 18 19:09 /var/kvm/images/template.img
# configuration file

dlp:~ #
ll /etc/libvirt/qemu/template.xml

-rw------- 1 root root 3681 Jan 18 11:09 /etc/libvirt/qemu/template.xml
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