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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

Installing and configuring the OpenStack Neutron networking service

The OpenStack Neutron project provides networking as a service to manage the networking between virtual instances. It is responsible for setting up virtual interfaces, configuring a software bridge, creating routes, and managing IP addressing.


For more information on the various Neutron services, refer to

In this recipe, we are going to install and configure the following Neutron components:

  • neutron-server: This is the service that provides API to dynamically request and configure virtual networks
  • neutron-plugin-ml2: This is the framework that enables the use of various network technologies, such as the Linux Bridge, Open vSwitch, GRE, and VXLAN, that we saw in earlier chapters
  • neutron-linuxbridge-agent: This is the service that provides the Linux bridge plugin agent
  • neutron-l3-agent: This is the daemon that performs forwarding and NAT functionality between...