I am trying to run KVM on RedHat Enterprise Linux 5.6 trial, and I tried following the tutorial in http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/centos-rhel-linux-kvm-virtulization-tutorial/

If I do yum groupinfo KVM the system cannot find anything, and I also tried searching for KVM from the Add/Remove Software with no luck.

Do I need to download some other bits from redhat so I can run KVM?

  • Are you registered with RHN? Does yum grouplist return anything at all? – Aaron Copley Dec 7 '10 at 16:14
  • The trials i've been given at courses come with a 30day rhn code on the back of the red box. – PriceChild Mar 2 '11 at 14:37

On Centos, you would go:

yum -y groupinstall Virtualization

If you registered for the RHN trial, it may be the same command. However, it may be simpler just to install Centos 5.x instead.


The official documentation appears to suggest that kvm is a package rather than a package group. It also mentions that you must have the system registered to rhn, I would assume even on the trial this is correct.



If you are using RHEL 5.X version then you need to have RHN account or there is work around you can install KVM

    Step # 1: Mount an ISO file.

    # mkdir -p /media/centos
    # mount -o loop /dev/centos6X.iso /media/centos

    Step # 2: Create repo config file on both the node.

    # vi /etc/yum.repos.d/iso.repo

    Save and close the file

# yum install kvm virt-viewer virt-manager libvirt libvirt-python python-virtinst


# yum groupinstall KVM

above one of way to install or you can use CentOS 6.2 for GUI installation and choose packes

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