Red Hat Virtualization 4.0


Red Hat® Virtualization® is a complete open-source virtualization solution, derived from the Red Hat Enterprise Linux® kernel, Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology, and oVirt virtualization management projects.

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Next Generation Hypervisor

With the next-generation hypervisor, Red Hat Virtualization 4 introduces a powerful and small footprint hypervisor, co-engineered with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, that behaves like an appliance structure, simplifying operations and the installation of packages and driver updates. Other benefits include the ability to quickly deploy modern technologies, easy customization, better hardware support, and configuration management integration.

Advanced network functionality

With an external network partner application programming interface (API), Red Hat Virtualization 4 simplifies the process of adding and supporting third-party network providers and lets you centralize your network management systems through Red Hat Virtualization Manager. This release also supports Red Hat OpenStack® Platform Neutron OVS, which helps streamline shared services and minimize operations by deploying services across traditional and cloud-enabled networks.

A New Advanced System Dashboard

Red Hat Virtualization 4 includes a new, advanced system dashboard that gives you quick access to detailed information about the use of CPU, memory, and storage host resources for seamless management.

Support for RHEL Atomic Host

Red Hat Virtualization 4 provides support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host, allowing configuration of a guest system through RHV and the user portal and guest agents to be run as containers on the Atomic Host VM.

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Get Started with Red Hat Virtualization 4.0

For a basic x86_64 installation, you'll need:

System Requirements

Check that all hardware meets RHV (Manager) and RHVH (Hypervisor) system requirements.

A Network Connection

A public network connection will be used to register and to download and install software.

Installer Image

Installation Media

Burn the ISO image to DVD or create a bootable USB medium , which will be used to install the Hypervisor.

install RED HAT virtualization 4.0

  1. 1

    Install RHEL

    Download and install the latest version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

  2. 2

    Register your software

    Register using Red Hat subscription management and subscribe to the necessary entitlements.

  3. 3

    Install RHV

    Using YUM, download and install the RHV packages.

    # yum update; yum install rhevm
  4. 4

    Set up the Manager and DWH

    Run the configuration script to install the manager and data warehouse (DWH).

    # engine-setup
  5. 5

    Download the latest RHVH (hypervisor)

    Copy the ISO image to DVD or create a bootable USB medium to install the hypervisor.

  6. 6

    Install hypervisors and configure the system

  7. 7

    Deploy and use virtual machines

    • Connect through a web browser to the RHV portal using the URL specified during configuration.
  1. 1

    Install Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

    • Download and install the latest version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.
  2. 2

    Prepare the host

  3. 3

    Download the RHV (Manager) appliance

  4. 4

    Deploy and configure the hosted engine

  5. 5

    Add additional hosts


A preview of the new Red Hat Virtualization 4.0 Manager

A brief look at the new manager

A demonstration of the new Red Hat Virtualization Manager for 4.0.

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Next Generation Hypervisor - part 1: installation

RHV Hypervisor install

A video screen demonstration of the installation and configuration fo the new 4.0 Hypervisor.

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Next Generation Hypervisor - part 2: complete the update and a tour of Cockpit admin console

RHV Hypervisor admin

See the Hypervisor complete the update and see the Cockpit host admin console in action.

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