• How To Shrink Dynamically Allocated VM QEMU KVM VMware Disk Image File

    Let's say you have a VM file that uses 200G of dynamic space, but really only has 40G in usage. If you add fles and delete, at some point the file will be larger than the current space you are using. Take this image which shows is using 71G of space on the host: The actual space being used inside the image is about 43G as we can see:........
  • QEMU/KVM How to Hot-add A Virtual Disk .raw/.qcow2 via QEMU Monitor Commands

    For a lot of reasons, it may be convenient to detach or attach live disks to a running VM without having to reboot it. Sure, you can use some network based storage, but when performance counts, attaching a new virtual disk will usually give you better throughput and lower latency in a quick testing situation. This doesn't work, why not? drive_add 0 if=virtio,file=/tmp/vm.qcow2,if=virtio,format=qcow2,id=rtt Can't hot-ad........
  • How To Boot, Install and Run Windows 2000 on QEMU-KVM

    Interestingly enough Windows 2000 works fine on QEMU 64-bit but you have to specify Pentium as your CPU otherwise it doesn't complete the install (it will not pass the detecting/setting up devices phase). -vga cirrus is wise because it is supported by Windows 2000 and allows higher resolutions and 24-bit color. -cpu Pentium emulates an old computer and is necessary for install to complete -device rtl8139 is important as this oldschool Realtek 8139 NIC is supported by W........
  • qemu-img convert formats vdi vmdk raw qcow2

    qemu-img can convert many formats. Here is an example of how to convert different images to different formats for QEMU-KVM The example above converts a raw windows2019.img file from QEMU to a Virtualbox .vdi qemu-img convert -f raw -Ovdi windows2019.img windows2019.vdi -f raw = this means the format of the source image (instead of raw it could be vdi, vmdi, qcow2 etc..)........
  • virt-resize: error: libguestfs error: could not create appliance through libvirt.

    This is caused because the user is running as qemu for virt-resize and if qemu does not have privileges to read from the source and write to the destination, it will fail with the below. So either change the uid of qemu or change the ownership of the source and target. Solution: export LIBGUESTFS_BACKEND=direct virt-resize --expand /dev/sda2 /root/kvmtemplates/windows2019-eval-template.img /root/kvmguests/kvmkvmuser4515........
  • VBOX VirtualBox How To Import Raw .img Disk File

    What you need to do if you have taken a dd or real raw image dump of a hard disk: VBoxManage convertdd windows2019-eval-template.img windows2019.vdi --format VDI The .img is the raw dd dump and the .vdi is the output file. --format VDIspecifies to output to .vdi format If you are in a pinch you can always use qemu-kvm binary and manually specify the .img as your disk and i........
  • QEMU / KVM How To Manually Create Basic Virtual Machine VM

    1.) Create Image using qemu-img qemu-img create -f qcow2 skype.img 40G 2.) Start VM using flags -m = memory in MB -drive file=yourimagefile.img -cdrom /path/to/the.iso qemu-system-x86_64 -m 4096 -drive file=skype.img -cdrom ~/Downloads/SfB-E-9319.0-enUS.ISO Enable Bridged Networking........
  • libguestfs tools howto guide for mounting partitions and managing virtual machine images

    libguestfs tools howto guide for managing virtual machine images. libguestfs-tools aka guestfs tools has a lot of tools that make this very easy for you. You can easily mount partitons from an image with some of the commands below. To mount a partition #mount the kvmuser102821.img image and the /dev/sda1 partition from it to the local directory "mount" guestmount -a kvmuser102821.img -m /dev/sda1 mount ........
  • qemu-img KVM create disk image howto

    qemu-img create -f qcow2 isotest.qcow2 10G The above creates a "qcow2" format image called "isotest.qcow2" that is 10GB in size. If you want to preallocate all of the space for increased performance do this: qemu-img create -f qcow2 isotest.qcow2 -o preallocation=full 10G It is controlled with the preallocation=full option, of course by default this is set to off........
  • KVM/QEMU Base/Template Images and the power they provide

    qemu-img create -b centos.5-8.x86.20120308.qcow2 -f qcow2 ../kvmguests/25000-centos5.8x86.qcow2 Formatting '../kvmguests/25000-centos5.8x86.qcow2', fmt=qcow2, backing_file=centos.5-8.x86.20120308.qcow2, size=10485760 kB -b the source/base image -f format is qcow2 and the location of the destination image What is so special about this? It's even quicker than creating a template with OpenVZ but this is an actual OS. It saves time a........
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