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Mastering KVM Virtualization - Second Edition

By : Vedran Dakic, Humble Devassy Chirammal, Prasad Mukhedkar, Anil Vettathu
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Mastering KVM Virtualization - Second Edition

By: Vedran Dakic, Humble Devassy Chirammal, Prasad Mukhedkar, Anil Vettathu

Overview of this book

Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) enables you to virtualize your data center by transforming your Linux operating system into a powerful hypervisor that allows you to manage multiple operating systems with minimal fuss. With this book, you'll gain insights into configuring, troubleshooting, and fixing bugs in KVM virtualization and related software. This second edition of Mastering KVM Virtualization is updated to cover the latest developments in the core KVM components - libvirt and QEMU. Starting with the basics of Linux virtualization, you'll explore VM lifecycle management and migration techniques. You’ll then learn how to use SPICE and VNC protocols while creating VMs and discover best practices for using snapshots. As you progress, you'll integrate third-party tools with Ansible for automation and orchestration. You’ll also learn to scale out and monitor your environments, and will cover oVirt, OpenStack, Eucalyptus, AWS, and ELK stack. Throughout the book, you’ll find out more about tools such as Cloud-Init and Cloudbase-Init. Finally, you'll be taken through the performance tuning and troubleshooting guidelines for KVM-based virtual machines and a hypervisor. By the end of this book, you'll be well-versed with KVM virtualization and the tools and technologies needed to build and manage diverse virtualization environments.
Table of Contents (22 chapters)
Section 1: KVM Virtualization Basics
Section 2: libvirt and ovirt for Virtual Machine Management
Section 3: Automation, Customization, and Orchestration for KVM VMs
Section 4: Scalability, Monitoring, Performance Tuning, and Troubleshooting

Learning by example – various examples of using Ansible with KVM

Now that we've covered simple and more complex Ansible tasks, let's think about how to use Ansible to further our configuration skills and overall compliance based on some kind of policy. The following are some things that we are going to leave as exercises for you:

  • Task 1:

    We configured and ran one machine per KVM host. Create a playbook that will form a pair of hosts – one running a website and another running a database. You can use any open source CMS for this.

  • Task 2:

    Use Ansible and the virt-net module to reconfigure the network so that the entire cluster can communicate. KVM accepts .xml configuration for networking, and virt-net can both read and write XML. Hint: If you get confused, use a separate RHEL8 machine to create a virtual network in the GUI and then use the virsh net-dumpxml syntax to output a virtual network configuration to standard output, which you can then use...