Virtualization with KVM – Creating Guest Machines

This is the third article on topic of virtualization with KVM, and in this one attention will be on how to create first guest machines (virtual machines). So far I covered an installation of KVM core infrastructure virtualization itself and I talked a bit about post-install settings and configuration. Please check those two articles to introduce yourself with the topic at hand.


Now that we have a KVM core virtualization infrastructure installed and configured, we can start building our first guest machines. Ubuntu wise, there are several tools that can help us with that task. Most common is virt-install, a python-based script developed by RedHat. If you opted for desktop setup, and prefer a GUI over CLI, you can use virt-manager. There is also an ubuntu-vm-builder CLI tool developed by Canonical, and to be honest I never used it, so I will skip it in this guide. If you followed my previous guides, all tools should be in place. Let us get started and build our first guest machine. Continue reading “Virtualization with KVM – Creating Guest Machines”