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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

Chapter 2. Using libvirt to Manage KVM

In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • Installing and configuring libvirt
  • Defining KVM instances
  • Starting, stopping, and removing KVM instances
  • Inspecting and editing KVM configs
  • Building new KVM instances with virt-install and using the console
  • Managing CPU and memory resources in KVM
  • Attaching block devices to virtual machines
  • Sharing directories between a running VM and the host OS
  • Autostarting KVM instances
  • Working with storage pools
  • Managing volumes
  • Managing secrets