Questions tagged [qemu]

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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
166
votes
3answers
148k views

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 ...
30
votes
6answers
43k views

free up not used space on a qcow2-image-file on kvm/qemu

we are using kvm/qemu with qcow2-images for our virtual machines. qcow2 has this nice feature where the image file only allocates the actually needed space by the virtual-machine. but how do i shrink ...
29
votes
2answers
99k views

Which is better image format, raw or qcow2, to use as a baseimage for other VMs?

I am using a baseimage and based on that creating many VMs. And now I want to know which is better, qcow2 or raw to use for a baseimage. Moreover, can you please tell me if there is any advantage of ...
25
votes
3answers
72k views

How to start qemu directly in the console (*not* in curses or SDL)

I seem to recall being able to start qemu with only the terminal emulator output, with the graphic window disabled. And here I don't mean with the ncurses interface, that one is nice, but I want the ...
22
votes
5answers
90k views

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+...
19
votes
4answers
40k views

Is there any way to shrink qcow2 image without converting it raw?

Is there any way to shrink qcow2 image without converting it raw? I cannot convert it to raw because I don't have disk space enough for raw image.
18
votes
2answers
6k views

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 ...
17
votes
2answers
13k views

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 ...
17
votes
3answers
6k views

KVM guest cannot write to 9p share owned by non-root

I am aiming to set up full write access to a 9p share for a KVM guest. Both host and guest have the same users/groups with the same IDs. Both host and guest should be able to write to the share using ...
13
votes
2answers
85k views

'Unrecognised disc label' - when using parted with qemu images

I have a Linux from scratch LiveCD running on qemu vm. I'm using this command to create a hda disc for qemu: qemu-img.exe create -f qcow2 base-linux.img 5G Then I run my vm: qemu.exe -m 1024 -...
13
votes
7answers
41k views

Is there a way to determine which virtual interface belongs to a virtual machine in a kvm host?

I'm using qemu/kvm whith bridged networking. In the host machine there are several "vnetX" network interfaces without IP. I'm looking for a way to know which vnetX belong to a virtual machine. I ...
12
votes
5answers
12k views

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 ...
12
votes
1answer
19k views

QEMU multiple port forwarding

I would like to forward more than one port. This command run my VM and forwards RDP port successfully: qemu-system-i386 -net nic,model=rtl8139 -net user,hostfwd=tcp::3389-:3389 -m 512M -localtime -...
11
votes
6answers
26k views

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 ...
11
votes
2answers
7k views

How to quit QEMU monitor?

I launched KVM VM with this command: kvm /kvm/hdd/v1/v1-1.raw -m 512 -daemonize -smp 2 -nographic -net nic,model=virtio,macaddr=aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:01 -net tap,ifname=tap0 -monitor telnet:localhost:7001,...
9
votes
1answer
11k views

Why can't QEMU allocate the memory if the Linux caches are too big?

If I use my machine [Ubuntu 16.04 64 bit, kernel 4.4] for a while, QEMU needs the kernel caches to be dropped, otherwise, it won't manage to allocate the RAM. Why does it happen? This is a sample ...
9
votes
2answers
2k views

QEMU - incorrect real disk size of a virtual drive

df and ls report different sizes on my host machine because of the difference between the allocated size and the amount of space that's actually used in the EXT4 filesystem. The problem is that both ...
9
votes
2answers
15k views

Backup of running KVM qcow2 VPS

I want a robust method of taking backup of KVM VPS of qcow2 file, while running. After searching for a long time I found that we can use rsync for live backup. I used following command for rsync: ...
9
votes
1answer
9k views

Vagrant (Virtualbox) host-only multiple node networking issue

I'm trying to use a multi-VM vagrant environment as a testbed for deploying OpenStack, and I've run into a networking problem with trying to communicate from one VM, to a VM-inside-of-a-VM. I have ...
9
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
9
votes
2answers
35k views

Changing boot device for a QEMU-KVM virtual machine

I am trying to change the boot device for a VM. I go to the VM's XML file in /etc/libvirt/qemu and set <boot dev='cdrom' />. Still, it attempts to boot from the harddrive instead of the cdrom. ...
9
votes
3answers
10k views

WARNING KVM acceleration not available, using 'qemu'

Running debian (Linux Rick 3.16.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.16.7-ckt11-1+deb8u6 (2015-11-09) x86_64 GNU/Linux) Looking at my cpuinfo I can see I have vmx support: flags: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce ...
8
votes
3answers
16k views

attaching usb dongle to KVM VM

I'm struggling to connect a usb device, that gets detected correctly by the host, to a kvm vm. I have a freshly installed Ubuntu Server 14.10 as KVM/QEMU host. I set up an Ubuntu vm using this ...
8
votes
1answer
13k views

Difference between qemu-kvm, qemu-system-x86_64, qemu-x86_64

For new features, I recently updated qemu-kvm 1.5.3 to qemu 2.5.0, but I saw several qemu binaries, /usr/local/bin/qemu-x86_64 and /usr/local/bin/qemu-system-x86_64. It seems qemu-system-x86_64 is the ...
8
votes
5answers
37k views

How can I change Qemu KVM machine architecture from 440fx to q35 with virsh edit or virt-manager

Still trying to get GPU passthrough working and decided to change machine type from older 440fx to q35 ie pc-q35 but if I do virsh edit on the config it refuse to save saying "PCI Bridges not ...
8
votes
1answer
20k views

KVM / QEMU: connect to VM without GUI [closed]

Short Version (Solution is below): I have a Windows PC. I have a Debian server (without desktop environment). I have a Ubuntu VM running on Debian server via KVM/QEMU. Question: How can I connect to ...
8
votes
4answers
8k views

How to efficiently share host's folder with KVM guests?

I am configuring the service which stores plenty of files uploaded by nginx in /srv/storage dir on host system. These files are processed by worker KVM guests which may create new files or assign ...
7
votes
5answers
12k views

How to add virtual storage as SSD in KVM

Being previously a VirtualBox user, I moved to KVM(QEMU/libvirt or whatever it's called) recently. I know that in VirtualBox, when you add a new storage device to the VM, there is a checkbox labeled ...
7
votes
2answers
14k views

How to repair a broken-resized qcow2 disk image for libvirt/kvm?

Today I wanted to increase the size of a VM, so I did what I always do (have done it before): qemu-img resize diskimage.qcow2 +22GB Then the file broke and the VM does not start any more. I tried ...
7
votes
3answers
4k views

QEMU-KVM Linux virtualization on the command line

I recently discovered that qemu-kvm has a very promising -curses option that, instead of starting an X window, will show a nice ncurses output from the guest suitable for managing a Linux guest from ...
7
votes
2answers
15k views

Monitor VM's resources (CPU, RAM etc)

I'm testing Openstack and i'd like to know how can i find out about resource utilization inside instances (Virtual Machines). Openstack uses kvm, qemu and libvirt in my testing environment. Is there ...
7
votes
2answers
4k views

Filesystem passthrough functionality in Centos 6.2?

I have a CentOS 6.3 machine currently running 2 virtualized CentOS 6.2 machines via KVM/QEMU/Libvirt. I'm trying to setup filesystem passthrough between the guests and the host. However the option is ...
7
votes
1answer
2k views

TCP/IP performance tuning under KVM/Qemu

With more and more companies switching to public cloud services, I'm curious what you guys' thoughts are on TCP/IP tuning in the cloud. Is it worth bothering with? Given that you don't have access to ...
6
votes
1answer
130 views

Prevent hijacking IPs in KVM/libvirt

How can I prevent a VM user/client from accessing IP addresses he doesn't own but are routed over the same bridge on KVM/Libvirt? IP addresses are routed to a cisco switch vLan consisting of a /24 ...
6
votes
2answers
7k views

Qemu TRIM and discard on a physical SSD device

I am running Windows 7 in a Qemu/KVM with a passed through GPU which I use for work-related stuff. I recently got fed up by it's unprecedented slowness due to it running off a mechanical drive, so I ...
6
votes
2answers
280 views

Accessing the partitions on an LVM volume

Suppose you have an LVM volume /dev/vg0/mylv. You have presented this as a virtual disk to a virtualised or emulated guest system. During installation the guest system sees it as /dev/sda and ...
6
votes
2answers
3k views

kvm and qemu host: Is there a limit for max CPUs (Ubuntu 10.04)?

Today we encountered a really strange behaviour on two identical kvm and qemu hosts (Dell R910). The host systems each have 4 x 10 Cores, which means that 40 physical cores are displayed as 80 within ...
6
votes
1answer
16k views

VNC faster than Spice for remote access to KVM guest?

Having used RDP before, I'm not exactly thrilled with the performance I am seeing from VNC to my KVM virtual machines. The KVM host is Ubuntu 12.04 server x64. I've read that Spice is faster, and ...
6
votes
3answers
10k views

How to forward a port from guest to host in qemu (kvm)

Is it possible, and how, to forward a port from guest to host in qemu/kvm? Note do I mean (out of) from guest to host, and not from host into guest (that's widely documented). I think I'm looking ...
6
votes
2answers
4k views

qemu-kvm/virsh: No network connectivity whilst using bridged networking

I'm having an issue with performing virtualisation via libvirt/qemu-kvm, in which my set up for bridged networking doesn't appear to be working correctly. I've followed every tutorial I can find and ...
6
votes
1answer
724 views

Maximizing throughput of virtual file systems

I've been using a QEMU system to build software. The problem I've been having is that the system seems to suffer from extremely slow disk access. This is not necessarily a problem as it's not really a ...
6
votes
2answers
4k views

Can I run a KVM guest with a btrfs subvolume as file system?

I want to run a virtualized Debian stable KVM guest on a Debian stable host (to run untrusted stuff like Skype, Flash or eclipse with third-party plugins). Naturally host and guest will have many ...
5
votes
7answers
24k views

How to “really” reduce the size of KVM VMs images?

I've spent many hours searching the web about how to shrink KVM virtual disk images, especially for Windows guests, with no luck. All I've found is to zeroize the VM free space, defrag the virtual ...
5
votes
5answers
22k views

How to speed up QEMU on Windows host?

We want to run our Ubuntu 64bit web server virtualized/emulated on a Windows 64bit host. Intended use is to distribute the VM to customers who might not have "elevated" or "admin" rights on the ...
5
votes
1answer
23k views

Any way to convert qcow2 to ovf?

In our application we are downloading a qcow2 image and after that we are supposed to import that as OVF. So any way to convert qcow2 --> OVF or qcow2 --> vmdk(using qemu-img convert) --> ...
5
votes
1answer
18k views

KVM gets stuck at “Booting from hard disk”

I am trying to run Ubuntu-server-16.04 virtual machine on a KVM converted from .vhdx (Hyper-V) to .qcow2 (KVM). When I import my virtual disk image and start virtual machine, the KVM hangs on "...
5
votes
1answer
5k views

host port forward with qemu through libvirt in user-mode networking

I'm having trouble editing my libvirt's host-xml to make qemu forward TCP connections to the guest. This questions linked to a blog post which recommended adding -redir to the Qemu command line. But ...
5
votes
5answers
11k views

qemu running in ssh: how to exit?

I am connected via SSH to a terminal server. On this server I am using qemu-system-x86_64 ... -curses to run a Command Line based operating system. How can I terminate the virtual machine? At the ...
5
votes
1answer
21k views

How to configure and use qemu-guest-agent in Ubuntu 12.04? My main aim is to get the IP address of guest VM from Host machine

In the documentation it is not very clear that how to install and use qemu-guest-agent in Ubuntu 12.04. So can anyone help me out ? http://wiki.libvirt.org/page/Qemu_guest_agent It is a daemon ...
5
votes
2answers
72 views

avoid redundant writing of virus scan signatures in VMs on same disk [closed]

I have two VMs on the same disk that each have clamav installed. Both regularly run updates for the same virus scan signatures simultaneously which results in an unnecessary strain on the performance ...

1
2 3 4 5
11