[CentOS] With kickstart (Re: Install CentOS as KVM guest)

Sat Apr 30 18:14:44 UTC 2011
Jussi Hirvi <listmember at greenspot.fi>

> On Thu, 28 Apr 2011, Jussi Hirvi wrote:
>> >  BTW, can guests be installed on raw (unformatted or formatted)
>> >  partitions (not images)? Can virt-install do that? I tried it and had no
>> >  luck.
>> >
>> >  - Jussi
> You can install them to logical volumes...
On 28.4.2011 21.29, Jim Wildman wrote:
> Season to taste
> virt-install -p -n test_phys -r 512 --arch=x86_64 --os-type=linux
> --os-variant=rhel5 -lhttp://  -x
> ks=  -f /dev/vg_tosh/lv_phys -b virbr0

It took me some time to get the kickstart file load at all, because I 
also had to fit in the console specification, to get a text-based 
installation. This is what the script now looks (only name and ip changed):

virt-install --name myvm \
--os-variant rhel5.4 --ram 512 \
--vcpus 1  --accelerate \
--nographics -v \
--location /mnt/centos56/  --network bridge:br0 \
--disk path=/kv2/myvm.img,size=15 \
--extra-args "ks= console=ttyS0";

There is a mounted CentOS 5.6 DVD at /mnt/centos56. The kickstart file 
specifies the URL for http installation of CentOS 5.6.

It worked just beautifully, and fast too. The installer only asked me if 
I am sure that I want to format the virtual sisk. Otherwise it was all 
automatic. What a pleasure!

- Jussi