KVM, virt-manager, etc.
mdz at canonical.com
Tue Jan 29 09:43:48 GMT 2008
On Mon, Jan 28, 2008 at 02:22:19PM +0100, Soren Hansen wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 28, 2008 at 12:19:50PM +0000, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> > * The only option available on "Choose a virtualization method" was
> > "fully virtualized" (presumably that is expected) and "Enable kernel /
> > hardware acceleration" was disabled. The processor in my test system
> > (AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4400+) seems to be listed on
> > http://wiki.xensource.com/xenwiki/HVM_Compatible_Processors though
> > perhaps it is the wrong stepping. Is there a canonical way to
> > determine whether it supports the extensions?
> Yes. From kvm's package description:
> * Run this command in a shell: egrep '^flags.*(vmx|svm)'
> If it prints anything, the processor provides hardware virtualization
> support and is suitable for use with KVM.
OK, so this CPU seems to be missing the extensions. My laptop seems to have
them, though, so I can test there.
> > * We should provide reasonable defaults for every aspect of creating a
> > new VM. The experience we are aiming for is to enable a new Ubuntu
> > installation to have a virtual guest created immediately, with no
> > decisions necessary: this should be a single command, or
> > "next->next->next->finish" operation.
> Just to clarify: You want to avoid having the user interact with the
> installer inside the vm altogether?
Correct. I think we ought to provide a fully non-interactive bootstrap of a
new guest. If that's not fully feasible in this first iteration, we should
work toward it.
> > - Should point to an installable Ubuntu image of some sort by default.
> > I have ISOs lying around, but most servers won't. What can we do
> > here?
> Good question. Offer to download it or let the admin point to a local
> copy on the file system?
I think two good options are:
* Copy the packages from the CD at install time, so they're cached for use
in creating VMs
* Install via Internet from a mirror
The former being a better user experience, and the latter being simpler to
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