6.2. Installing Xen packages on an existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux system
Your machines must be registered on your Red Hat account to receive packages and updates. To register an unregistered installation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, run the
subscription-manager register command and follow the prompts.
To use virtualization on Red Hat Enterprise Linux you need the
kernel-xen packages. The
xen package contains the hypervisor and basic virtualization tools. The
kernel-xen package contains a modified Linux kernel which runs as a virtual machine guest on the hypervisor.
# yum install xen kernel-xen
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