debian on debian kvm notes

Notes: Run a Debian Squeeze guest on a Debian Squeeze host using KVM.

Install qemu-kvm , libvirt-bin , virtinst , bridge-utils
# apt-get install qemu-kvm libvirt-bin virtinst bridge-utils

Add root to the libvirt group.
# adduser root libvirt

Configure the bridge interface.
This is an example /etc/config/network/interfaces
# grep -v '##' /etc/network/interfaces
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet manual

auto br0
iface br0 inet static
        bridge_ports eth0
        bridge_stp off          #disable spanning tree
        bridge_waitport 0       #no delay before a port becomes available
        bridge_fd 0             #no forwarding delay
        bridge_hello 2          #Hello packets are used to communicate information about the topology throughout the entire Bridged Local Area Network.

Restart the network
# /etc/init.d/networking restart
# reboot

Create the virtual machine.
# mkdir /home/vm
# virt-install --connect qemu:///system -n vm0 -r 512 --vcpus=2 --disk path=/home/vm/vm0.qcow2,size=10 -c /data01/os.iso/debian-live-6.0.7-amd64-standard.iso  --vnc --noautoconsole --os-type linux --os-variant debiansqueeze --description vm0_debian --network=bridge:br0 --hvm 

Starting install...
Creating storage file vm0.qcow2                                                                                            |  10 GB     00:00     
Creating domain...                                                                                                         |    0 B     00:00     
Domain installation still in progress. You can reconnect to 
the console to complete the installation process.

Options Used Meaning from the virt-install man page:
Most options are not required. Minimum requirements are --name, --ram, guest storage (--disk or --nodisks), and an install option.

         Connect to a non-default hypervisor. The default connection is chosen based on the following rules:

             If running on a bare metal kernel as root (needed for KVM installs)

General Options

-n NAME, --name=NAME
         Name of the new guest virtual machine instance. This must be unique amongst all guests known to the hypervisor on the connection,
         including those not currently active. To re-define an existing guest, use the virsh(1) tool to shut it down ('virsh shutdown') &
         delete ('virsh undefine') it prior to running "virt-install".

         Memory to allocate for guest instance in megabytes. If the hypervisor does not have enough free memory, it is usual for it to
         automatically take memory away from the host operating system to satisfy this allocation.

         Number of virtual cpus to configure for the guest. Not all hypervisors support SMP guests, in which case this argument will be
         silently ignored

         Human readable text description of the virtual machine. This will be stored in the guests XML configuration for access by other

-c CDROM, --cdrom=CDROM
         File or device use as a virtual CD-ROM device for fully virtualized guests.  It can be path to an ISO image, or to a CDROM device. It
         can also be a URL from which to fetch/access a minimal boot ISO image. The URLs take the same format as described for the
         "--location" argument. If a cdrom has been specified via the "--disk" option, and neither "--cdrom" nor any other install option is
         specified, the "--disk" cdrom is used as the install media.

         Optimize the guest configuration for a type of operating system (ex. 'linux', 'windows'). This will attempt to pick the most suitable
         ACPI & APIC settings, optimally supported mouse drivers, virtio, and generally accommodate other operating system quirks.

         Further optimize the guest configuration for a specific operating system variant (ex. 'fedora8', 'winxp'). This parameter is
         optional, and does not require an "--os-type" to be specified.

Valid values are:

                 Debian Etch

                 Debian Lenny

                 Debian Squeeze

Storage Configuration

         Specifies media to use as storage for the guest, with various options. The general format of a disk string is

             --disk opt1=val1,opt2=val2,...
             A path to some storage media to use, existing or not. Existing media can be a file or block device. If installing on a remote
             host, the existing media must be shared as a libvirt storage volume.

             Specifying a non-existent path implies attempting to create the new storage, and will require specifyng a 'size' value. If the
             base directory of the path is a libvirt storage pool on the host, the new storage will be created as a libvirt storage volume.
             For remote hosts, the base directory is required to be a storage pool if using this method.

             size (in GB) to use if creating new storage

Networking Configuration

-w NETWORK, --network=NETWORK,opt1=val1,opt2=val2
         Connect the guest to the host network. The value for "NETWORK" can take one of 3 formats:

             Connect to a bridge device in the host called "BRIDGE". Use this option if the host has static networking config & the guest
             requires full outbound and inbound connectivity  to/from the LAN. Also use this if live migration will be used with this guest.

Graphics Configuration

         Setup a virtual console in the guest and export it as a VNC server in the host. Unless the "--vncport" parameter is also provided,
         the VNC server will run on the first free port number at 5900 or above. The actual VNC display allocated can be obtained using the
         "vncdisplay" command to "virsh" (or virt-viewer(1) can be used which handles this detail for the use).

         Don't automatically try to connect to the guest console. The default behaviour is to launch a VNC client to display the graphical
         console, or to run the "virsh" "console" command to display the text console. Use of this parameter will disable this behaviour.

Virtualization Type options

-v, --hvm
         Request the use of full virtualization, if both para & full virtualization are available on the host. This parameter may not be
         available if connecting to a Xen hypervisor on a machine without hardware virtualization support. This parameter is implied if
         connecting to a QEMU based hypervisor.

On another host running X
# apt-get install virt-manager 
oh well, that did not go as planned ... I was unable to manage the Virtual Machine I created with virt-manager remotely ... I tried to install other packages and hunted down the errors for a while but not cigar ...

Plan B
All I really need is to open a VNC session to the socket that I see and I hope that it is what I think it is.

Still on another host running X --not the vmhost.
$ vncviewer vmhost:0
the first VM guest is at :5900 ( :0 ), the second VM guest is at :5901 ( :1 ) , etc

Plan C
# ssh -L 5900:localhost:5900 vmhost
and then, somevncviewer localhost


use a new vinagre with Host: and Use host:vmhost

Install the guest system, give an IP address in your LAN to the guest and install SSH
When the installation is done start the Virtual Machine.
On the host.
# virsh 
Welcome to virsh, the virtualization interactive terminal.

Type:  'help' for help with commands
       'quit' to quit

virsh # list
 Id Name                 State

virsh # start vm0
Domain vm0 started

virsh # list
 Id Name                 State
  3 vm0                  running

virsh # quit

ping the Virtual Machine vm0 and try to ssh to it.
If you cannot ssh to it, open a vnc session
# virsh vncdisplay vm0
and then VNC to vm0 from another host.

The system is using the following `virtual` device drivers and behaves OK so-far
root@vm0# lspci 
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 440FX - 82441FX PMC [Natoma] (rev 02)
00:01.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82371SB PIIX3 ISA [Natoma/Triton II]
00:01.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82371SB PIIX3 IDE [Natoma/Triton II]
00:01.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82371SB PIIX3 USB [Natoma/Triton II] (rev 01)
00:01.3 Bridge: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Cirrus Logic GD 5446
00:03.0 Ethernet controller: Red Hat, Inc Virtio network device
00:04.0 SCSI storage controller: Red Hat, Inc Virtio block device
00:05.0 RAM memory: Red Hat, Inc Virtio memory balloon
I have to stress test it a bit.

Linux Bridge
libvirt bridging

Debian on Debian KVM notes