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red hat virtualization 4.1 FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS

Red Hat CloudForms integration

CloudForms extends integrated support for Red Hat Virtualization 4.1 providing automation and control over exisitng Red Hat Virtualization features such as VM Live Migrate, VM Reconfiguration, and VM Snapshot Management.  With this integration, IT organizations can deploy a single management interface across heterogeneous data center infrastructures while speeding up workload migration and reducing training costs.

Ansible integration

The integration of Ansible and Red Hat Virtualization provides speed, efficiency, and security for the virtualization administration teams.  Ansible 2.3 includes a variety of Ansible modules to deploy and configure Red Hat Virtualization infrastructure including virtual machines, virtual networks, virtual storage, and dynamic inventory enabling application deployment automation on top of VMs using the Ansible stack.  This integration will greatly streamline the administration and operational experience for virtualization administrators and engineers.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform support

Red Hat Virtualization 4.1 helps to bridge the gap between traditional workloads and cloud-enabled workloads.  Red Hat Virtualization 4.1 enhances the integration with OpenStack Glance and with Neutron's native Open vSwitch ml2 implementation services.  This integration also enables the deployment and life cycle support for Neutron agents on the Red Hat Virtualization hosts via Red Hat OpenStack Platform director.

Integration with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3

Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Virtualization development continues to remain tightly aligned.  Red Hat Virtualization 4.1 now fully deploys new features available in RHEL 7.3 such as improved Windows support, hot CPU unplug support, and Virt-sparsify, a tool that allows you to reduce the size of a virtual disk by reclaiming unused space.

Advanced storage performance and scale

Red Hat Virtualization 4.1 includes key features that improve workload performance including

  • improvement of storage scale operations performance
    • Storage Pool Manager (SPM) can delegate storage operations to other data center hosts, preventing  host throttling and improving performance when copying volumes in different flows and merging snapshots.
  • Advanced single storage performance
    • Enhanced cold merge of snapshots allows admins to remove snapshots faster when the VM is not running.
  • improved block storage management
    • Block discard support also allows reclamation of storage space from the virtual machine and when deleting a disk from a storage domain.

Software defined networking

Red Hat Virtualization 4.1 delivers software defined netowrking (SDN) capabilities by offering a tech-preview for Open Virtual Network (OVN) for Open vSwitch.  Significant features include:

  • the controller that streamlines data center deployment and operations by enabling isolated overlay networking and subnet management in Red Hat Virtualization.
  • the Open Virtual Network controller that runs on the Red Hat Virtualization Manager and exposes a Neutron-compatible API, which allows the use of existing Neutron automation with minimal changes.

Enhanced High Availability without power management

Red Hat Virtualization 4.1 provides enhanced high availability for mission-critical VMs and is particularly useful for stretched multi-site clusters where loss of a whole data center still allows mission-critical workloads to remain highly available.  The new functionality allows the VM to be restarted even when power management fencing is not enabled or available for the hosts.  The VM locking prevents vDisk corruption and HA is maintained.

Get Started with Red Hat Virtualization 4.1

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 4.1

  1. 1

    Install Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

    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

    Deploy and configure the hosted engine

  4. 4

    Add additional hosts

Topics

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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