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13 Configuring Virtual Machines with Virtual Machine Manager

Abstract

Virtual Machine Manager's Details view offers in-depth information about the VM Guest's complete configuration and hardware equipment. Using this view, you can also change the guest configuration or add and modify virtual hardware. To access this view, open the guest's console in Virtual Machine Manager and either choose View › Details from the menu, or click Show virtual hardware details in the toolbar.

Details View of a VM Guest
Figure 13.1: Details View of a VM Guest

The left panel of the window lists VM Guest overview and already installed hardware. After clicking an item in the list, you can access its detailed settings in the details view. You can change the hardware parameters to match your needs, then click Apply to confirm them. Some changes take effect immediately, while others need a reboot of the machine—and virt-manager warns you about that fact.

To remove installed hardware from a VM Guest, select the appropriate list entry in the left panel and then click Remove in the bottom right of the window.

To add new hardware, click Add Hardware below the left panel, then select the type of the hardware you want to add in the Add New Virtual Hardware window. Modify its parameters and confirm with Finish.

The following sections describe configuration options for the specific hardware type being added. They do not focus on modifying an existing piece of hardware as the options are identical.

13.1 Machine Setup

This section describes the setup of the virtualized processor and memory hardware. These components are vital to a VM Guest, therefore you cannot remove them. It also shows how to view the overview and performance information, and how to change boot parameters.

13.1.1 Overview

Overview shows basic details about VM Guest and the hypervisor.

Overview details
Figure 13.2: Overview details

Name, Title, and Description are editable and help you identify VM Guest in the Virtual Machine Manager list of machines.

VM Guest Title and Description
Figure 13.3: VM Guest Title and Description

UUID shows the universally unique identifier of the virtual machine, while Status shows its current status—Running, Paused, or Shutoff.

The Hypervisor Details section shows the hypervisor type, CPU architecture, used emulator, and chipset type. None of the hypervisor parameters can be changed.

13.1.2 Performance

Performance shows regularly updated charts of CPU and memory usage, and disk and network I/O.

Performance
Figure 13.4: Performance
Tip
Tip: Enabling Disabled Charts

Not all the charts in the Graph view are enabled by default. To enable these charts, go to File › View Manager, then select Edit › Preferences › Polling, and check the charts that you want to see regularly updated.

Statistics Charts
Figure 13.5: Statistics Charts

13.1.3 Processor

Processor includes detailed information about VM Guest processor configuration.

Processor View
Figure 13.6: Processor View

In the CPUs section, you can configure several parameters related to the number of allocated CPUs.

Logical host CPUs

The real number of CPUs installed on VM Host Server.

Current allocation

The number of currently allocated CPUs. You can hotplug more CPUs by increasing this value up to the Maximum allocation value.

Maximum allocation

Maximum number of allocatable CPUs for the current session. Any change to this value will take effect after the next VM Guest reboot.

The Configuration section lets you configure the CPU model and topology.

When activated, the Copy host CPU configuration option uses the host CPU model for VM Guest. Otherwise you need to specify the CPU model from the drop-down box.

After you activate Manually set CPU topology, you can specify a custom number of sockets, cores and threads for the CPU.

13.1.4 Memory

Memory contains information about the memory that is available to VM Guest.

Memory View
Figure 13.7: Memory View
Total host memory

Total amount of memory installed on VM Host Server.

Current allocation

The amount of memory currently available to VM Guest. You can hotplug more memory by increasing this value up to the value of Maximum allocation.

Maximum allocation

The maximum value to which you can hotplug the currently available memory. Any change to this value will take effect after the next VM Guest reboot.

13.1.5 Boot Options

Boot Options introduces options affecting the VM Guest boot process.

Boot Options
Figure 13.8: Boot Options

In the Autostart section, you can specify whether the virtual machine should automatically start during the VM Host Server boot phase.

In the Boot device order, activate the devices that will be used for booting VM Guest. You can change their order with the up and down arrow buttons on the right side of the list. To choose from a list of bootable devices on VM Guest start, activate Enable boot menu.

To boot a different kernel than the one on the boot device, activate Enable direct kernel boot and specify the paths to the alternative kernel and initrd placed on the VM Host Server file system. You can also specify kernel arguments that will be passed to the loaded kernel.

13.2 Storage

This section gives you a detailed description of configuration options for storage devices. It includes both hard disks and removable media, such as USB or CD-ROM drives.

Procedure 13.1: Adding a New Storage Device
  1. Below the left panel, click Add Hardware to open the Add New Virtual Hardware window. There, select Storage.

    Add a New Storage
    Figure 13.9: Add a New Storage
  2. To create a qcow2 disk image in the default location, activate Create a disk image for the virtual machine and specify its size in gigabytes.

    To gain more control over the disk image creation, activate Select or create custom storage and click Manage to manage storage pools and images. The window Choose Storage Volume opens which has almost identical functionality as the Storage tab described in Section 11.1, “Managing Storage with Virtual Machine Manager”.

    Tip
    Tip: Supported Storage Formats

    SUSE only supports the following storage formats: raw and qcow2.

  3. After you manage to create and specify the disk image file, specify the Device type. It can be one of the following options:

    • Disk device

    • CDROM device: Does not allow using Create a disk image for the virtual machine.

    • Floppy device: Does not allow using Create a disk image for the virtual machine.

    • LUN Passthrough: Required to use an existing SCSI storage directly without adding it into a storage pool.

  4. Select the Bus type for your device. The list of available options depends on the device type you selected in the previous step. The types based on VirtIO use paravirtualized drivers.

  5. In the Advanced options section, select the preferred Cache mode. For more information on cache modes, see Chapter 15, Disk Cache Modes.

  6. Confirm your settings with Finish. A new storage device appears in the left panel.

13.3 Controllers

This section focuses on adding and configuring new controllers.

Procedure 13.2: Adding a New Controller
  1. Below the left panel, click Add Hardware to open the Add New Virtual Hardware window. There, select Controller.

    Add a New Controller
    Figure 13.10: Add a New Controller
  2. Select the type of the controller. You can choose from IDE, Floppy, SCSI, SATA, VirtIO Serial (paravirtualized), USB, or CCID (smart card devices).

  3. Optionally, in the case of a USB or SCSI controller, select a controller model.

  4. Confirm your settings with Finish. A new controller appears in the left panel.

13.4 Networking

This section describes how to add and configure new network devices.

Procedure 13.3: Adding a New Network Device
  1. Below the left panel, click Add Hardware to open the Add New Virtual Hardware window. There, select Network.

    Add a New Controller
    Figure 13.11: Add a New Controller
  2. From the Network source list, select the source for the network connection. The list includes VM Host Server's available physical network interfaces, network bridges, or network bonds. You can also assign the VM Guest to an already defined virtual network. See Chapter 12, Managing Networks for more information on setting up virtual networks with Virtual Machine Manager.

  3. Specify a MAC address for the network device. While Virtual Machine Manager pre-fills a random value for your convenience, it is recommended to supply a MAC address appropriate for your network environment to avoid network conflicts.

  4. Select a device model from the list. You can either leave the Hypervisor default, or specify one of e1000, rtl8139, or virtio models. Note that virtio uses paravirtualized drivers.

  5. Confirm your settings with Finish. A new network device appears in the left panel.

13.5 Input Devices

This section focuses on adding and configuring new input devices such as mouse, keyboard, or tablet.

Procedure 13.4: Adding a New Input Device
  1. Below the left panel, click Add Hardware to open the Add New Virtual Hardware window. There, select Input.

    Add a New Input Device
    Figure 13.12: Add a New Input Device
  2. Select a device type from the list.

  3. Confirm your settings with Finish. A new input device appears in the left panel.

Tip
Tip: Enabling Seamless and Synchronized Mouse Pointer Movement

When you click within a VM Guest's console with the mouse, the pointer is captured by the console window and cannot be used outside the console unless it is explicitly released (by pressing AltCtrl). To prevent the console from grabbing the key and to enable seamless pointer movement between host and guest instead, follow the instructions in Procedure 13.4, “Adding a New Input Device” to add an EvTouch USB Graphics Tablet to the VM Guest.

Adding a tablet has the additional advantage of synchronizing the mouse pointer movement between VM Host Server and VM Guest when using a graphical environment on the guest. With no tablet configured on the guest, you will often see two pointers with one dragging behind the other.

13.6 Video

This section describes how to add and configure new video devices.

Procedure 13.5: Adding a Video device
  1. Below the left panel, click Add Hardware to open the Add New Virtual Hardware window. There, select Video.

  2. Add a New Video Device
    Figure 13.13: Add a New Video Device
  3. Select a model from the list. You can choose from:

    • Cirrus

    • QXL

    • VGA

    • Virtio

    • VMVGA

    • Xen

    Note
    Note: Secondary Video Devices

    Only QXL and Virtio can be added as secondary video devices.

  4. Confirm your settings with Finish. A new video device appears in the left panel.

13.7 USB Redirectors

USB devices that are connected to the client machine can be redirected to the VM Guest by using USB Redirectors.

Procedure 13.6: Adding a USB Redirector
  1. Below the left panel, click Add Hardware to open the Add New Virtual Hardware window. There, select USB Redirection.

    Add a New USB Redirector
    Figure 13.14: Add a New USB Redirector
  2. Select a device type from the list. You can either choose a Spice channel or a TCP redirector.

  3. Confirm your settings with Finish. A new USB redirector appears in the left panel.

13.8 Miscellaneous

Smartcard

Smartcard functionality can be added via the Smartcard element. A physical USB smartcard reader can then be passed through to the VM Guest.

Watchdog

Virtual watchdog devices are also supported. They can be created via the Watchdog element. The model as well as the action of the device can be specified.

Tip
Tip: Requirements for Virtual Watchdog Devices

QA virtual watchdog devices require a specific driver and daemon to be installed in the VM Guest. Otherwise the virtual watchdog device does not work.

TPM

You can use the Host TPM device in the VM Guest by adding TPM functionality via the TPM element.

Tip
Tip: Virtual TPMs

The Host TPM can only be used in one VM Guest at a time.

13.9 Adding a CD/DVD-ROM Device with Virtual Machine Manager

KVM supports CD or DVD-ROMs in VM Guest either by directly accessing a physical drive on the VM Host Server or by accessing ISO images. To create an ISO image from an existing CD or DVD, use dd:

tux > sudo dd if=/dev/CD_DVD_DEVICE of=my_distro.iso bs=2048

To add a CD/DVD-ROM device to your VM Guest, proceed as follows:

  1. Double-click a VM Guest entry in the Virtual Machine Manager to open its console and switch to the Details view with View › Details.

  2. Click Add Hardware and choose Storage in the pop-up window.

  3. Change the Device Type to IDE CDROM.

  4. Select Select or create custom storage.

    1. To assign the device to a physical medium, enter the path to the VM Host Server's CD/DVD-ROM device (for example, /dev/cdrom) next to Manage. Alternatively, use Manage to open a file browser and then click Browse Local to select the device. Assigning the device to a physical medium is only possible when the Virtual Machine Manager was started on the VM Host Server.

    2. To assign the device to an existing image, click Manage to choose an image from a storage pool. If the Virtual Machine Manager was started on the VM Host Server, alternatively choose an image from another location on the file system by clicking Browse Local. Select an image and close the file browser with Choose Volume.

  5. Save the new virtualized device with Finish.

  6. Reboot the VM Guest to make the new device available. For more information, see Section 13.11, “Ejecting and Changing Floppy or CD/DVD-ROM Media with Virtual Machine Manager”.

13.10 Adding a Floppy Device with Virtual Machine Manager

Currently KVM only supports the use of floppy disk images—using a physical floppy drive is not supported. Create a floppy disk image from an existing floppy using dd:

tux > sudo dd if=/dev/fd0 of=/var/lib/libvirt/images/floppy.img

To create an empty floppy disk image use one of the following commands:

Raw Image
tux > sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/var/lib/libvirt/images/floppy.img bs=512 count=2880
FAT Formatted Image
tux > sudo mkfs.msdos -C /var/lib/libvirt/images/floppy.img 1440

To add a floppy device to your VM Guest, proceed as follows:

  1. Double-click a VM Guest entry in the Virtual Machine Manager to open its console and switch to the Details view with View › Details.

  2. Click Add Hardware and choose Storage in the pop-up window.

  3. Change the Device Type to Floppy Disk.

  4. Choose Select or create custom storage and click Manage to choose an existing image from a storage pool. If Virtual Machine Manager was started on the VM Host Server, alternatively choose an image from another location on the file system by clicking Browse Local. Select an image and close the file browser with Choose Volume.

  5. Save the new virtualized device with Finish.

  6. Reboot the VM Guest to make the new device available. For more information, see Section 13.11, “Ejecting and Changing Floppy or CD/DVD-ROM Media with Virtual Machine Manager”.

13.11 Ejecting and Changing Floppy or CD/DVD-ROM Media with Virtual Machine Manager

Whether you are using the VM Host Server's physical CD/DVD-ROM device or an ISO/floppy image: Before you can change the media or image of an existing device in the VM Guest, you first need to disconnect the media from the guest.

  1. Double-click a VM Guest entry in the Virtual Machine Manager to open its console and switch to the Details view with View › Details.

  2. Choose the Floppy or CD/DVD-ROM device and eject the medium by clicking Disconnect.

  3. To insert a new medium, click Connect.

    1. If using the VM Host Server's physical CD/DVD-ROM device, first change the media in the device (this may require unmounting it on the VM Host Server before it can be ejected). Then choose CD-ROM or DVD and select the device from the drop-down box.

    2. If you are using an ISO image, choose ISO image Location and select an image by clicking Manage. When connecting from a remote host, you may only choose images from existing storage pools.

  4. Click OK to finish. The new media can now be accessed in the VM Guest.

13.12 Assigning a Host PCI Device to a VM Guest

You can directly assign host-PCI devices to guests (PCI pass-through). When the PCI device is assigned to one VM Guest, it cannot be used on the host or by another VM Guest unless it is re-assigned. A prerequisite for this feature is a VM Host Server configuration as described in Important: Requirements for VFIO and SR-IOV.

13.12.1 Adding a PCI Device with Virtual Machine Manager

The following procedure describes how to add a PCI device to a VM Guest using Virtual Machine Manager:

  1. Double-click a VM Guest entry in the Virtual Machine Manager to open its console and switch to the Details view with View › Details.

  2. Click Add Hardware and choose the PCI Host Device category in the left panel. A list of available PCI devices appears in the right part of the window.

    Adding a PCI Device
    Figure 13.15: Adding a PCI Device
  3. From the list of available PCI devices, choose the one you want to pass to the guest. Confirm with Finish.

Tip
Tip: Assigning a PCI Device Requires a VM Guest Shutdown

Although it is possible to assign a PCI device to a running VM Guest as described above, the device will not become available until you shut down the VM Guest and reboot it afterward.

13.13 Assigning a Host USB Device to a VM Guest

Analogous to assigning host PCI devices (see Section 13.12, “Assigning a Host PCI Device to a VM Guest”), you can directly assign host USB devices to guests. When the USB device is assigned to one VM Guest, it cannot be used on the host or by another VM Guest unless it is re-assigned.

13.13.1 Adding a USB Device with Virtual Machine Manager

To assign a host USB device to VM Guest using Virtual Machine Manager, follow these steps:

  1. Double-click a VM Guest entry in the Virtual Machine Manager to open its console and switch to the Details view with View › Details.

  2. Click Add Hardware and choose the USB Host Device category in the left panel. A list of available USB devices appears in the right part of the window.

    Adding a USB Device
    Figure 13.16: Adding a USB Device
  3. From the list of available USB devices, choose the one you want to pass to the guest. Confirm with Finish. The new USB device appears in the left pane of the Details view.

    Tip
    Tip: USB Device Removal

    To remove the host USB device assignment, click it in the left pane of the Details view and confirm with Remove.

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