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[Discuss] KVM, virt-manager, and CentOS7

I tried overt on a machine that was already hosting VMs. Needless to say,
I had to painstakingly restore my KVM environment to get them back.

The thing that I like about KVM and  libvirt is that it works within a
standard Linux system. I've tried vmware, parallels, and a number of other
vm environments, and they just didn't have the features to get the job
done. Networking between VMs didn't work or was a $$ feature. Snapshots
and disk compaction not available. Sharing CPUs during idle. The next step
up is vShpere and overt, which are so comprehensive that you are buried
with features and have to, more or less, commit to using their strategy.

Sure, if you want to run a large scale vm warehouse, something like overt
is for you. If you want to host a small-ish number of VMs, or use VMs to
develop/test software for different environments and operating systems,
KVM with libvirt is much easier to set-up and use.

> I've been playing with oVirt 4.0.6 on EL7.3 and I've almost migrated all
> my VMs from my old VMware infrastructure.  So far I'm enjoying it.  I
> can't say it was painless to set up -- ovirt has a lot of moving
> parts -- but once I figured it all out it's been pretty smooth sailing.
> -derek
> Jerry Feldman <gaf.linux at> writes:
>> A lot of this has been available in Fedora for several years.
>> Unfortunately, the GUI support had been lacking where vmWare and
>> VirtualBox
>> provided a much easier way to do it.
>> On Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 2:04 PM, <markw at> wrote:
>>> Has anyone played with virt-manager and KVM on CentOS 7 lately?
>>> I was surprised by a lot of the things that were difficult or at least
>>> arcane in previous releases are fairly trivial now.
>>> For instance, a few years ago, bridged networking was a fairly poorly
>>> documented procedure of setting up a bridge, setting up the virtual
>>> lan,
>>> virtual adapters, etc. Now, its just a setting on the network adapter
>>> when
>>> you add it.
>>> I think I can easily step away from VMWare.
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