Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

virsh create somefile.xml creates my machine just fine but when I shut the machine down the whole thing disappears. Machines I made with the virt-manager GUI are persistent (stick around after shutdown) and the xml file is derived from those virt-manager created machines.

share|improve this question
up vote 13 down vote accepted

Use virsh define somefile.xml and virsh start domain-name, doing this the VM will be persistent. I can't check right now, but I think you can use virsh define on an already started VM and this will make it persistent.

share|improve this answer
I can confirm this works with a domain started with the 'create' command – Pete Jul 31 '13 at 17:05

If you don't have the xml for the running vm (eg. after transient migration), you can do

virsh dumpxml vm_name > vm_name.xml
virsh define vm_name.xml

To check:

virsh list --all --persistent

The VM should now be listed. Or

virsh dominfo vm_name

There should be a line with 'Persistent: yes'.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.