Linux on KVM
Starting your first KVM virtual machine
To start your first KVM virtual machine, first download SysRescueCD and save it to systemrescuecd.iso. Then use the following commands, which will create a 10GB qcow disk image to use for the first disk, and then the next command will start your virtual machine, booting from the CD:
root # qemu-img create -f qcow2 vdisk.qcow2 10
You have several possibillities to display your virtual machine. You can tell qemu to start a VNC server, or you can display it directly in it's own window.
It might be possible that you have to add '--enable-kvm' switch to 'qemu-system-x86_64'.
Qemu needs to be compiled with either 'gtk' or 'sdl' use flags.
root # qemu-system-x86_64 vdisk.qcow2 -m 1024 -cdrom systemrescuecd.iso -cpu host -net nic -net user -vgs std -monitor stdio
root # qemu-system-x86_64 vdisk.qcow2 -m 1024 -cdrom systemrescuecd.iso -cpu host -net nic -net user -vnc 127.0.0.1:1 VNC server running on `127.0.0.1:5900'
Now you should be able to use a VNC client to connect to 127.0.0.1:5901 (VNC session 1) and access your virtual machine. A plus for this method is, that you can close the window but the machine will keep on running, if you need it again just connect again via VNC.
Above, networking will be enabled but will be on its own private LAN, and ping will not work. If you have a local bridge that you use for networking, the following steps will allow you use your existing bridge to provide higher-performance and full-featured network access to your virtual machine.
First, create /etc/qemu-ifup and add the following to it. Replace brlan with the name of your bridge:
#!/bin/bash ifconfig $1 0.0.0.0 promisc up brctl addif brlan $1 sleep 2
Make it executable:
root # chmod +x /etc/qemu-ifup
Start the virtual machine as follows:
root # qemu-system-x86_64 vdisk.qcow2 -m 1024 -cdrom systemrescuecd-x86-2.8.0.iso -cpu host -vnc 127.0.0.1:1 -net nic -net tap,id=foo
If you wanted to have VNC listen on a different IP address or port, you can use the format -vnc IP:vncnum which will cause VNC to listen on the IP specified, and the TCP port 5900+vncnum.
By default, the KVM guest will have one CPU with one core. To change this, use -cpu host (to export all of the host's CPU features) and -smp cores=X,threads=Y, where X is the number of cores, and Y is the number of threads on each core. You can emulate more CPUs and cores than you actually have.