[CentOS-virt] create a guest

Wed Jan 16 18:26:43 UTC 2013
mattias <mj at mjw.se>

but i allredy have the freebsd disc image file on the server
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Scott Dowdle" <dowdle at montanalinux.org>
To: "Discussion about the virtualization on CentOS" <centos-virt at centos.org>
Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 7:23 PM
Subject: Re: [CentOS-virt] create a guest

> Mattias,
> ----- Original Message -----
>> can i create a guest with libvirt and use an existing disc with
>> freebsd?
> libvirt is a library.  Programs are written to use the functions it 
> provides.
> libvirtd is a service that does things like provide a DHCP server to VMs 
> that are using NAT.
> virtsh is a command line tool to manage virtual machines.  It uses 
> libvirt.
> virt-manager is a GUI tool to manage virtual machines.  It uses libvirt.
> There are a number of other tools that are named virt-{whatever}.  One of 
> those is virt-install.
> The most direct, but perhaps more complicated way to do everything is to 
> simply run qemu-kvm from the command line and pass to it all of the 
> arguments needed to create a virtual machine from which you can boot from 
> install media.  Installing an OS from installation media is a graphical 
> thing.  There is a virtual video card that shows the output of the booting 
> media.  You will need a GUI of some sort to do a raw install.  Once you 
> have created a virtual machine, you can use the existing VMs storage (disk 
> image file, partition, etc) as a cookie cutter to make other VMs from in a 
> less GUI way.
> As others have said, you should probably install enough GUI stuff on your 
> VM host machine so you can start with virt-manager.  You don't have to run 
> a complete desktop to use virt-manager.  In fact you can ssh -X to your VM 
> host from another machine that has X running and have virt-manager appear 
> on your local display without running X11 on the VM host.
> So the answer to the question you keep repeating... is yes... you can 
> install FreeBSD from a disc... if you'll start figuring out the system, 
> how it works, and the tools that are available to do what you want.
> Having said that, I've not installed FreeBSD and I've not done an install 
> from a physical CD/DVD.  I've always done Linux or Windows from an .iso 
> file... and I primarily use virt-manager.  The non-GUI ways are mostly for 
> advanced users.
> TYL,
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