QEMU stands for "Quick EMUlator" and is a processor emulator that relies on dynamic binary translation to achieve a reasonable speed while being easy to port to new host CPU architectures.

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Difference between KVM and QEMU

I have been reading about KVM and Qemu for sometime. As of now I have a clear understanding of what they do. KVM supports hardware virtualization to provide near native performance to the Guest ...
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KVM: Which CPU features make VMs run better?

We are using Ubuntu 12.04 with the following parameters: Dell R910 Kernel 3.2.0-25-generic #40-Ubuntu SMP x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux kvm 1:84+dfsg-0ubuntu16+1.0+noroms+0ubuntu13 qemu-kvm 1.0+...
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KVM/Qemu, Ubuntu: Why do more guests CPUs enhance Disk-I/O rapidly?

We have an Heartbeat/DRBD/Pacemaker/KVM/Qemu/libvirt cluster consisting of two nodes. Each node runs Ubuntu 12.04 64 Bit with the following packages/versions: Kernel 3.2.0-32-generic #51-Ubuntu SMP ...
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understanding relationship between Qemu and KVM

What is the difference between KVM and Qemu? As I understand, latter is able to provide "user mode emulation" which means that one can run a single executable built for some other architecture like ...
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libvirt and qemu/kvm -snapshot option

Using libvirt, I want to use QEMU's '-snapshot' option. That way, when the machine shuts down, all of the disk changes that were made get destroyed. Here is the manual for the -snapshot option: ...
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Read/write access for passthrough (9p) filesystems with libvirt/qemu?

I have recently started experimenting with the support for passthrough filesystems in recent versions of KVM/QEMU/libvirt. Making the filesystems available for read access has "just worked", but I'm ...
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Convert directory to QEMU/KVM virtual disk image

I have a directory filled with data at /var/backups/disk1 that I want to convert into a virtual disk image which I'll then be able to boot using QEMU or KVM (the directory contains the file system for ...
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conversion of a VMDK image with qemu-img failed with “error while reading sector 131072: Invalid argument”

I tried to convert a VMDK image found in a OVA file to the QCOW2 format with the qemu-img command but it failed with the error message qemu-img: error while reading sector 131072: Invalid argument ...
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Solidworks: activation license mode is not supported in this virtual environment (Qemu-KVM)

The question is not around Solidworks actually, so please continue to read. The whole idea of virtualization is to be hardware independent. Before our eyes a whole new dependency level is being ...
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Is it possible to pass /dev/urandom through from the host to a qemu/kvm guest?

I'd like to pass the host's /dev/urandom device through to a qemu/kvm virtual machine. Note that /dev/urandom is not seekable, so it's not possible to pass it through as a block device using -hda, -...
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QEMU: Solaris 11 / Sparc64 Guest on Linux / X86-64 Host [closed]

I'm trying to run a Solaris 11 / Sparc64 guest on a Linux/x86-64 host. I've cloned the qemu project and configured/compiled it with sparc64 support (./configure --target-list="sparc64-softmmu"). I've ...