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  • Click File -> New Machine to start virt-install wizard
  • Provide the details like name, kind of virtualization, OS location, the storage to use for the guest OS and allocate the system memory
  • Choose the virtualization method.
    Fully Virtualized: On the VT and AMD SVM processors, an option is available for hardware acceleration.
    Use para-virtualization for Xen Kernel.
  • Choose the location of the OS to install media like disk image or CD/DVD-ROM for KVM-based and network-location for Xen-based
  • Choose the Operating system type like Linux or Windows
  • Select storage method: Select either an existing partition or a file (fixed size or expandable). The scalable file option is a great deal with sizeable free space as users can make it significant to allow for regular use.
  • Then select network connection like virtual network or a physical device
  • Allocate system memory to each virtual machine as well as the number of CPUs to use
  • The final screen displays all configuration information before starting installation. The guest OS runs in the virtual machine console window. The user has options to run, pause, and shut-down the guest OS.

Using virt-install script On Red Hat, Fedora and similar distributions instead of configuring a file directly or using the Virtual File Manager.

# virt-install

What is the name of your virtual machine? analvm
How much RAM should be allocated (in megabytes)? 500
What would you like to use as the disk (path) ? /home/ananova
How large would you like the disk to be (in gigabytes) 30
Would you like to enable graphics support ? (yes or no) yes
What is the install location?

Currently, it can only install from a remote network location using http://, nfs:// or ftp:// prefix—minimum 256 MB required for each virtual machine.

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