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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

The internal workings of libvirt, QEMU, and KVM

The interaction of libvirt, QEMU, and KVM is something that gives us the full virtualization capabilities that are covered in this book. They are the most important pieces in the Linux virtualization puzzle, as each has a role to play. Let's describe what they do and how they interact with each other.


When working with KVM, you're most likely to first interface with its main Application Programming Interface (API), called libvirt ( But libvirt has other functionalities – it's also a daemon and a management tool for different hypervisors, some of which we mentioned earlier. One of the most common tools used to interface with libvirt is called virt-manager (, a Gnome-based graphical utility that you can use to manage various aspects of your local and remote hypervisors, if you so choose. libvirt's CLI utility is called virsh. Keep in mind that you can...