Chapter 8. Managing virtual machines in the web console

To manage virtual machines in a graphical interface on a RHEL 9 host, you can use the Virtual Machines pane in the RHEL 9 web console.

Image displaying the virtual machine tab of the web console.

8.1. Overview of virtual machine management using the web console

The RHEL 9 web console is a web-based interface for system administration. As one of its features, the web console provides a graphical view of virtual machines (VMs) on the host system, and makes it possible to create, access, and configure these VMs.

Note that to use the web console to manage your VMs on RHEL 9, you must first install a web console plug-in for virtualization.

Next steps

8.2. Setting up the web console to manage virtual machines

Before using the RHEL 9 web console to manage virtual machines (VMs), you must install the web console virtual machine plug-in on the host.


  • Ensure that the web console is installed and enabled on your machine.

    # systemctl status cockpit.socket
    cockpit.socket - Cockpit Web Service Socket
    Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/cockpit.socket

    If this command returns Unit cockpit.socket could not be found, follow the Installing the web console document to enable the web console.


  • Install the cockpit-machines plug-in.

    # dnf install cockpit-machines


  1. Access the web console, for example by entering the https://localhost:9090 address in your browser.
  2. Log in.
  3. If the installation was successful, Virtual Machines appears in the web console side menu.

    Image displaying the virtual machine tab of the web console.

8.3. Renaming virtual machines using the web console

After create a virtual machine (VM), you might wish to rename the VM to avoid conflicts or assign a new unique name based on your use case. You can use the RHEL web console to rename the VM.



  1. In the Virtual Machines interface, click the Menu button of the VM that you want to rename.

    A drop down menu appears with controls for various VM operations.

  2. Click Rename.

    The Rename a VM dialog appears.

    Image displaying the rename a VM dialog box.
  3. In the New name field, enter a name for the VM.
  4. Click Rename.


  • The new VM name should appear in the Virtual Machines interface.

8.4. Virtual machine management features available in the web console

Using the RHEL 9 web console, you can perform the following actions to manage the virtual machines (VMs) on your system.

Table 8.1. VM management tasks that you can perform in the RHEL 9 web console

TaskFor details, see

Create a VM and install it with a guest operating system

Creating virtual machines and installing guest operating systems using the web console

Delete a VM

Deleting virtual machines using the web console

Start, shut down, and restart the VM

Starting virtual machines using the web console and Shutting down and restarting virtual machines using the web console

Connect to and interact with a VM using a variety of consoles

Interacting with virtual machines using the web console

View a variety of information about the VM

Viewing virtual machine information using the web console

Adjust the host memory allocated to a VM

Adding and removing virtual machine memory using the web console

Manage network connections for the VM

Using the web console for managing virtual machine network interfaces

Manage the VM storage available on the host and attach virtual disks to the VM

Managing storage for virtual machines using the web console

Configure the virtual CPU settings of the VM

Managing virtal CPUs using the web console

Live migrate a VM

Live migrating a virtual machine using the web console

Manage host devices

Managing host devices using the web console