Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is a fully integrated virtualization solution for servers and desktops that provides management across the enterprise, and features live migration, high availability, system scheduling, power management, image management, snapshots, thin provisioning, import of foreign hypervisors, monitoring and reporting.
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization does not limit the amount of memory, cores, or any other feature of the physical hardware used by virtual machines and offers unmatched scalability in the management of large numbers of virtual machines.

1. About this Guide

This guide is intended for advanced users and it assumes that you have successfully installed the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager and hosts and have an understanding of your data center resources. It describes how to use the Administration Portal, manage system components and virtual infrastructure, and configure and use the advanced features of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.

1.1. Documentation Suite

The Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization documentation suite provides information on installation, development of applications, configuration and usage of the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization platform and its related products.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization — Administration Guide (the book you are reading) describes how to setup, configure and manage Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. It assumes that you have successfully installed the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager and hosts.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization — Evaluation Guide enables prospective customers to evaluate the features of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. Use this guide if you have an evaluation license.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization — Installation Guide describes the installation prerequisites and procedures. Read this if you need to install Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. The installation of hosts, Manager and storage are covered in this guide. You will need to refer to the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Administration Guide to configure the system before you can start using the platform.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization — Manager Release Notes contain release specific information for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Managers.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization — Power User Portal Guide describes how power users can create and manage virtual machines from the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization User Portal.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization — Quick Start Guide provides quick and simple instructions for first time users to set up a basic Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization environment.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization — REST API Guide describes how to use the REST API to set up and manage virtualization tasks. Use this guide if you wish to develop systems which integrate with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, using an open and platform independent API.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization — Technical Reference Guide describes the technical architecture of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and its interactions with existing infrastructure.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization — User Portal Guide describes how users of the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization system can access and use virtual desktops from the User Portal.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux — Hypervisor Deployment Guide describes how to deploy and install the Hypervisor. Read this guide if you need advanced information about installing and deploying Hypervisors. The basic installation of Hypervisor hosts is also described in the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Installation Guide.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux — V2V Guide describes importing virtual machines from KVM, Xen and VMware ESX to Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and KVM managed by libvirt.

1.2. Audience

This advanced guide is intended for Linux or Windows system administrators who need to manage a virtual environment using Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization platform. An advanced level of system administration, preferably including familiarity with virtual machine data center operations, is assumed. This document is not intended for beginners. If you want to install or evaluate the system, read the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Installation Guide and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Evaluation Guide.