Virtualization with KVM on Ubuntu Server

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted November 1, 2011

In this IT World "crash course" article, you'll learn how to get KVM running on Ubuntu Server, install multiple guests, manage storage, and migrate guests to new hosts. Author Carla Schroder recommends a minimum 2 GHz CPU, 2 GB RAM, and enough disk space for your guest operating systems plus data storage for testing KVM.


"Ubuntu Server, like KVM, is growing into an enterprise powerhouse. Ubuntu supports KVM on x86 and x86_64. Unlike Red Hat and Novell, the big two enterprise Linux vendors, you can download and test Ubuntu without having to register or wade through sales pitches. If you want training, commercial support, or online services like the Landscape systems manager or Ubuntu cloud services, they're there when you want them.

"For this crash course you'll need an Ubuntu computer with an Intel VT or AMD-V CPU, because these include special extensions for native support of virtual machines.(See KVM's CPU support page for more information.) I'm using 11.04, Natty Narwhal 64-bit for this article. I recommend using Ubuntu Server for your production KVM server, but for testing, any Ubuntu will do."

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