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Hello Team


I am new in RHEL-V Hypervisor and I have experience in VMWare and Hyper-V and it is my first experience for this product.

I have the following questions:

1- There is an administration client for standalone node type VSphere Client or Hyper-V Manager

2.- You need to have RHEL license and install RHVM as to manage a standalone node need these requirements or ask a customer there before.

3.- In which way are presented LUN, I searched information and is not very clear as for example a volume file to create virtual machines

Thanks for your help.




Sebastian Antunez


I guess I will start with a question:  Are you looking into Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (aka RHEV) and the RHEV Manager?  The part that made me ask is you mentioned RHEL-V, as in KVM.  Hopefully I provide some helpful info.

* Using stand-alone or non-RHEV (KVM/Qemu)

It is possible to run virtualization using only RHEL and KVM/QEMU as a stand-alone implementation.  The management tool in this case is virt-manager.  You can also use virsh.  If you use RHEL and KVM, you can create Virtual Machines that use files as a virtual disk, or you can use a volume.  I believe you can either get a 4-host or unlimited guest subscription.

* Using RHEV (Manager and Hypervisor)

I am not sure if there is a way to manage each Hypervisor with a stand-alone client.  When using RHEV, you can utilize either the RHEV Hypervisor (like ESXi) or a "full" RHEL installation with the RHEV stack. 

RHEV-M (RHEV Manager) is similar to the Virtual Center Server.  It can run on bare-metal or a VM and you can cluster it using Red Hat Cluster.  An advantage of RHEVM is that it does not require client software, it is managed via the web-based portal.  The client console is either VNC or spice client.  There is also a user portal which you can provide non-admin users the ability to manage their own environment (create new VM's, access the VM).  It can integrate with AD very simply as well.

Managing storage may be a bit of a different approach than the other solutions.  The VMs are created with volumes, but they are not available as a mounted filesystem (i.e. there is no comparable /vmfs/volumes/<hostname>/).

The quick-start guide is an easy read to get an idea of how things might compare :

The RHEV trial is quite simple to get rolling.

I believe you can also view some of the sessions from this year's summit