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KVM Virtualization Cookbook

By : Konstantin Ivanov
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KVM Virtualization Cookbook

By: Konstantin Ivanov

Overview of this book

Virtualization technologies such as KVM allow for better control over the available server resources, by deploying multiple virtual instances on the same physical host, or clusters of compute resources. With KVM it is possible to run various workloads in isolation with the hypervisor layer providing better tenant isolation and higher degree of security. This book will provide a deep dive into deploying KVM virtual machines using qemu and libvirt and will demonstrate practical examples on how to run, scale, monitor, migrate and backup such instances. You will also discover real production ready recipes on deploying KVM instances with OpenStack and how to programatically manage the life cycle of KVM virtual machines using Python. You will learn numerous tips and techniques which will help you deploy & plan the KVM infrastructure. Next, you will be introduced to the working of libvirt libraries and the iPython development environment. Finally, you will be able to tune your Linux kernel for high throughput and better performance. By the end of this book, you will gain all the knowledge needed to be an expert in working with the KVM virtualization infrastructure.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback


Quick Emulator (QEMU) is the main component of the QEMU/KVM virtualization technology suit. It provides hardware virtualization and processor emulation. QEMU runs in userspace and, without the need for kernel, drivers can still provide fast system emulation. QEMU supports two operating modes:

  • Full system emulation, where QEMU emulates an entire computer system, including the CPU type and peripherals
  • User mode emulation, where QEMU can run a process that has been compiled on a different CPU architecture natively

In this book, we are going to focus on full system emulation with the hardware acceleration support provided by the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor.

In this chapter, we will start by installing QEMU on Linux, then explore various examples of building, managing, and using disk images for the virtual instances. We will then have an in-depth look at running QEMU in full system emulation mode, using the provided binaries. We will see examples of using the KVM kernel module to accelerate the QEMU processes. Finally, we are going to end the chapter with details on how to connect to the virtual machines we started earlier, using VNC clients.