I'm trying to install a few virtual machines with KVM onto my Debian Jessie System. I researched a lot but have not yet found a helping answer to my problem.

I'm connected via ssh to my host machine and try to install a new guest machine by running the following command as root:

virt-install --connect qemu:///system -n vpsName --memory=5000 --vcpus=4 --disk path=/var/lib/libvirt/images/nix.img,size=125 -c /home/localuser/images/debian-8.6.0-amd64-netinst.iso --graphics vnc,listen= --noautoconsole --os-type linux --os-variant generic --accelerate --network=bridge:br0 --hvm

After a few seconds, I get the following message:

Domain installation still in progress. You can reconnect to the console to complete the installation process.

My precise question is now: How do I get to the installer-console with the standard install-prompts (hostname, country, ...) of the Debian installer?

One method I tried, was VNC on the opened port but I cannot connect. It asks for a password and then freezes after password-entry.

Another thing I tried was to open the ssh connection with the -Y option and then installed by specifying —-graphics none --console pty,target_type=serial. That didn't work either; I'm stuck at a frozen command line.

I'm sure, I'm not the only one who had that issue. Unfortunately I couldn't find a similar post with a helpful answer yet.

Thank you for helping me!



virsh console DOMAIN is the way to connect. You can get the domain name or number with virsh list --all

  • Thank you for your answer. But then, too, I am stuck with an empty console. The issue is the installing screen, that is not shown. – Lozik Dec 27 '16 at 15:26
  • I have it working with RHEL (hosts and guests), maybe Debian has it's own quirks... – dyasny Dec 28 '16 at 1:25

I finally managed to resolve my issue by using virt-manager in a ssh connection opened with ssh -Y user@host. That works for me, even if it would not work for automation.

Thank you.

  • 1
    That gives very poor performance. It is better to run virt-manager locally and have it make the ssh connection to the remote hypervisor. – Michael Hampton Dec 27 '16 at 18:48

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