[CentOS-virt] using local media file to install guest

Trey Dockendorf

treydock at gmail.com
Thu Oct 27 04:00:52 UTC 2011

Eric is right.  You can connect remotely without even installing
virt-manager on the server.  Only needs to have libvird running.

I did a minimal install of CentOS 6 with the 4 virtual package groups.  My
system as no startx or run level 5.  In my case I have to use X11 forwarding
but that doesnt require X on the server.  At most I have a few font
libraries and X libraries but not the X server.  X11 is backwards from the
standard client/server model.  The X server in the case of X11 forwarding is
on my local desktop.

- Trey
On Oct 26, 2011 10:00 PM, "Eric Shubert" <ejs at shubes.net> wrote:

> On 10/26/2011 07:14 PM, Bob Hoffman wrote:
> > trey wrote
> > ------------------------------
> >
> > You can do virt-manager remotely.  Either connect to libvirt remotely
> > through a locally running instance of virt-manager or via X11 forwarding.
>  I
> > do the 2nd method with no GUI installed on the server.  See here for
> minimal
> > packages needed...
> > http://itscblog.tamu.edu/startup-guide-for-kvm-on-centos-6/  .  I do
> that
> > from a Mac.  My home desktop is Linux so for that i only remote connect
> to
> > libvirt with my user ( not root) account using PolicyKit.   Instructions
> for
> > that also on the link above.
> > ---------------------
> >
> > Yea, I am afraid going command line only is impossible as suggested by so
> many. Even you
> > have installed X to make it work.
> >
> > I was able to do one install where I did the virtual host package first.
> > Then I would install x and desktop. This would allow me to stay in
> command line
> > and go to desktop by using startx...then ctrl-alt-backspace out of it
> when done.
> >
> > According to a few sources, it is impossible to use local install sources
> through virt-install
> > but virt-manager would work. Locally, not remotely.
> >
> > Since X seems to HAVE to be installed whether you use virt-viewer,
> virt-manager, vnc, or
> > just about anything else, I guess I would have to ask redhat why the
> virtual host package included
> > no gui system at all...
> You can run virt-manager on a separate machine, connected via network to
> > I think that is the way I am going to go, just x and desktop via a
> startx, then get out when done.
> > I can see no viable local solution available at all.
> >
> > It seemed to work okay. And it allows a local iso to be used preventing
> the need for any remote
> > programs added....and allowing me to keep port 22 off, closing the host
> off completely for security
> > except for my ipmi card. And that is preferred.
> >
> > thanks for helping all. I guess using command line without x/desktop/etc
> and being local is not
> > possible for rhel/centos yet.
> I just witnessed it being done on Saturday. It is possible, now. This
> was a CentOS6 host, with minimal install.
> > C'est live, must move on and go with what works regardless....whee
> > on to next problem.
> --
> -Eric 'shubes'
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