Managing KVM Deployments with Virt-Manager
libvirt provides many features to do more complex things with virtual machines, such as storage, networking and USB/PCI options. All of those features should be accessed using the virsh command-line tool. virt-manager provides GUI-based wizards for creating new virtual machines and allows dynamic reconfiguration of the boot device while displaying interactive performance graphs (Figure 4). For home users, the best feature of virt-manager is its ability to show multiple VM consoles at the same time.
Other distributions will work with KVM, although the creation of the host bridged network is likely to be different. Advanced users may want to investigate the use of Logical Volume Managers (LVMs) instead of flat-file images to improve performance.
Virtual Machine Manager: virt-manager.et.redhat.com
KVM on Fedora 11: www.howtoforge.com/virtualization-with-kvm-on-a-fedora-11-server
Shared Networks on Fedora: fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/Shared_Network_Interface
libvirt Networking: wiki.libvirt.org/page/Networking#Fedora.2FRHEL_Bridging
Michael J. Hammel is a Principal Software Engineer for Colorado Engineering, Inc. (CEI), in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with more than 20 years of software development and management experience. He has written more than 100 articles for numerous on-line and print magazines and is the author of three books on The GIMP, the premier open-source graphics editing package.