6.4. Installing KVM packages on an existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux system
This section describes how to enable entitlements in your Red Hat account for the virtualization packages. You need these entitlements enabled to install and update the virtualization packages on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. You require a valid Red Hat account in order to install virtualization packages on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
To use virtualization on Red Hat Enterprise Linux you require the
kvm package. The
kvm package contains the KVM kernel module providing the KVM hypervisor on the default Red Hat Enterprise Linux kernel.
# yum install kvm
Recommended virtualization packages:
- Provides the
virt-installcommand for creating virtual machines.
libvirtis an API library for interacting with hypervisors.
xmvirtualization framework and the
virshcommand line tool to manage and control virtual machines.
- The libvirt-python package contains a module that permits applications written in the Python programming language to use the interface supplied by the
virt-manager, also known as Virtual Machine Manager, provides a graphical tool for administering virtual machines. It uses
libvirtlibrary as the management API.
# yum install virt-manager libvirt libvirt-python python-virtinst