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How to use KVM from the command line on Debian or Ubuntu

Feb 27, 2014, 14:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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There are different ways to manage virtual machines (VMs) running on KVM hypervisor. For example, virt-manager is a popular GUI-based front-end for VM management. However, if you would like to use KVM on a headless server, GUI-based solutions will not be ideal. That is when virsh comes in handy. virsh is a command-line tool for managing guest VMs. Underneath it, virsh relies on libvirtd service which can control several different hypervisors including KVM, Xen, QEMU, LXC and OpenVZ. In this tutorial, I will demonstrate how to run KVM from the command line by using virsh on Debian or Ubuntu.

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