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5.2. The Virtual Machine Manager Interface

The following sections provide information about the Virtual Machine Manager user interface. The user interface includes The Virtual Machine Manager main window and The Virtual Machine window.

5.2.1. The Virtual Machine Manager Main Window

This following figure shows the Virtual Machine Manager main window interface.
The Virtual Machine Manager window

Figure 5.2. The Virtual Machine Manager window

The Virtual Machine Manager main window title bar displays Virtual Machine Manager.

5.2.1.1. The main window menu bar

The following table lists the entries in the Virtual Machine Manager main window menus.

Table 5.1. Virtual Machine Manager main window menus

Menu name Menu item Description
File Add Connection Opens the Add Connection dialog to connect to a local or remote hypervisor. For more information, see Adding a Remote Connection in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Virtualization Deployment and Administration Guide.
New Virtual Machine Opens the New VM wizard to create a new guest virtual machine. For more information, see Creating Guests with virt-manager in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Virtualization Deployment and Administration Guide.
Close Closes the Virtual Machine Manager window without closing any Virtual Machine windows. Running virtual machines are not stopped.
Exit Closes the Virtual Machine Manager and all Virtual Machine windows. Running virtual machines are not stopped.
Edit Connection Details Opens the Connection Details window for the selected connection.
Virtual Machine Details Opens the Virtual Machine window for the selected virtual machine. For more information, see The Virtual Machine pane.
Delete Deletes the selected connection or virtual machine.
Preferences Opens the Preferences dialog box for configuring Virtual Machine Manager options.
View Graph
  • Guest CPU Usage
  • Host CPU Usage
  • Memory Usage
  • Disk I/O
  • Network I/O
Toggles displays of the selected parameter for the virtual machines in the Virtual Machine Manager main window.
Help About Displays the About window with information about the Virtual Machine Manager.

5.2.1.2. The main window toolbar

The following table lists the icons in the Virtual Machine Manager main window.

Table 5.2. Virtual Machine Manager main window toolbar

Icon Description
Opens the New VM wizard to create a new guest virtual machine.
Opens the Virtual Machine window for the selected virtual machine.
Starts the selected virtual machine.
Pauses the selected virtual machine.
Stops the selected virtual machine.
Opens a menu to select one of the following actions to perform on the selected virtual machine:
  • Reboot - Reboots the selected virtual machine.
  • Shut Down - Shuts down the selected virtual machine.
  • Force Reset - Forces the selected virtual machine to shut down and restart.
  • Force Off - Forces the selected virtual machine to shut down.
  • Save - Saves the state of the selected virtual machine to a file. For more information, see Saving a Guest Virtual Machine's Configuration in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Virtualization Deployment and Administration Guide.

5.2.1.3. The Virtual Machine list

The virtual machine list displays a list of virtual machines to which the Virtual Machine Manager is connected. The virtual machines in the list are grouped by connection. You can sort the list by clicking on the header of a table column.
The Virtual Machine list

Figure 5.3. The Virtual Machine list

The virtual machine list displays graphs with information about the resources being used by each virtual machine. You make resources available for display from the Polling tab of the Preferences dialog in the Edit menu. The following is a list of the resources that can be displayed in the virtual machine list:
  • CPU usage
  • Host CPU usage
  • Memory usage
  • Disk I/O
  • Network I/O
You can select the resources to display using the Graph menu item in the View menu.

5.2.2. The Virtual Machine Window

This section provides information about the Virtual Machine window interface.
The Virtual Machine window

Figure 5.4. The Virtual Machine window

The title bar displays the name of the virtual machine and the connection that it uses.

5.2.2.1. The Virtual Machine window menu bar

The following table lists the entries in the Virtual Machine window menus.

Table 5.3. Virtual Machine window menus

Menu name Menu item Description
File View Manager Opens the main Virtual Machine Manager window.
Close Closes only the Virtual Machine window without stopping the virtual machine.
Exit Closes the all Virtual Machine Manager windows. Running virtual machines are not stopped.
Virtual Machine Run Runs the virtual machine. This option is only available if the virtual machine is not running.
Pause Pauses the virtual machine. This option is only available if the virtual machine is already running.
Shut Down Opens a menu to select one of the following actions to perform on the virtual machine:
  • Reboot - Reboots the virtual machine.
  • Shut Down - Shuts down the virtual machine.
  • Force Reset - Forces the virtual machine to shut down and restart.
  • Force Off - Forces the virtual machine to shut down.
  • Save - Saves the state of the virtual machine to a file.
Clone Creates a clone of the virtual machine. For more information, see Cloning Guests with virt-manager in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Virtualization Deployment and Administration Guide.
Migrate Opens the Migrate the virtual machine dialog to migrate the virtual machine to a different host. For more information, see Migrating with virt-manager in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Virtualization Deployment and Administration Guide.
Delete Deletes the virtual machine.
Take Screenshot Takes a screenshot of the virtual machine console.
Redirect USB Device Opens the Select USB devices for redirection dialog to select USB devices to redirect. For more information, see USB Redirection in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Virtualization Deployment and Administration Guide.
View Console Opens the Console display in the Virtual Machine pane.
Details Opens the Details display in the Virtual Machine pane. For more information, see The virtual machine details window.
Snapshots Opens the Snapshots display in the Virtual Machine pane. For more information, see The snapshots window.
Fullscreen Displays the virtual machine console in full screen mode.
Resize to VM Resizes the display on the full screen to the size and resolution configured for the virtual machine.
Scale Display Scales the display of the virtual machine based on the selection of the following sub-menu items:
  • Always - The display of the virtual machine is always scaled to the Virtual Machine window.
  • Only when Fullscreen - The display of the virtual machine is only scaled to the Virtual Machine window when the Virtual Machine window is in Full screen mode..
  • Never - The display of the virtual machine is never scaled to the Virtual Machine window.
  • Auto resize VM with window - The display of the virtual machine resizes automatically when the Virtual Machine window is resized.
Text Consoles Displays the virtual machine display selected in the list. Examples of virtual machine displays include Serial 1 and Graphical Console Spice.
Toolbar Toggles the display of the Virtual Machine window toolbar.
Send Key
Ctrl+Alt+Backspace
Ctrl+Alt+Delete
Ctrl+Alt+F1
Ctrl+Alt+F2
Ctrl+Alt+F3
Ctrl+Alt+F4
Ctrl+Alt+F5
Ctrl+Alt+F6
Ctrl+Alt+F7
Ctrl+Alt+F8
Ctrl+Alt+F9
Ctrl+Alt+F10
Ctrl+Alt+F11
Ctrl+Alt+F12
Ctrl+Alt+Printscreen
Sends the selected key to the virtual machine.

5.2.2.2. The Virtual Machine window toolbar

The following table lists the icons in the Virtual Machine window.

Table 5.4. Virtual Machine window toolbar

Icon Description
Displays the graphical console for the virtual machine.
Displays the details pane for the virtual machine.
Starts the selected virtual machine.
Pauses the selected virtual machine.
Stops the selected virtual machine.
Opens a menu to select one of the following actions to perform on the selected virtual machine:
  • Reboot - Reboots the selected virtual machine.
  • Shut Down - Shuts down the selected virtual machine.
  • Force Reset - Forces the selected virtual machine to shut down and restart.
  • Force Off - Forces the selected virtual machine to shut down.
  • Save - Saves the state of the selected virtual machine to a file.
Opens the Snapshots display in the Virtual Machine pane.
Displays the virtual machine console in full screen mode.

5.2.2.3. The Virtual Machine pane

The Virtual Machine pane displays one of the following:

The virtual machine console

The virtual machine console shows the graphical output of the virtual machine.
The Virtual Machine console

Figure 5.5. The Virtual Machine console

You can interact with the virtual machine console using the mouse and keyboard in the same manner you interact with a real machine. The display in the virtual machine console reflects the activities being performed on the virtual machine.

The virtual machine details window

The virtual machine details window provides detailed information about the virtual machine, its hardware and configuration.
The Virtual Machine details window

Figure 5.6. The Virtual Machine details window

The virtual machine details window includes a list of virtual machine parameters. When a parameter in the list is selected, information about the selected parameter appear on the right side of the virtual machine details window. You can also add and configure hardware using the virtual machine details window.
For more information on the virtual machine details window, see The Virtual Hardware Details Window in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Virtualization Deployment and Administration Guide.

The snapshots window

The virtual machine snapshots window provides a list of snapshots created for the virtual machine.
The Virtual Machine snapshots window

Figure 5.7. The Virtual Machine snapshots window

The virtual machine snapshots window includes a list of snapshots saved for the virtual machine. When a snapshot in the list is selected, details about the selected snapshot, including its state, description, and a screenshot, appear on the right side of the virtual machine snapshots window. You can add, delete, and run snapshots using the virtual machine snapshots window.
For more information about managing snapshots, see Managing Snapshots in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Virtualization Deployment and Administration Guide.