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red hat virtualization 4.2 FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS

Metrics and logging

The new metrics and logging solution is built around the Elasticsearch, Fluentd, and Kibana (EFK) stack, the same stack used by Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.  The new metrics store provides much more functionality and details on the RHV environment than was  available previously.

Software defined networking (SDN)

Open Virtual Network (OVN) has been integrated with Red Hat Virtualization to deliver a native SDN solution through the use of Open vSwitch.  It provides automated management of network infrastructure, a Neutron compatible API for external network providers, and network self-service for users, which liberates network administrators from infrastructure requests.

Updated user interface (UI)

When RHV 4.0 was released in August of 2016, it showcased the new dashboard tab as a new way of viewing essential resource utilization within RHV as well as how virtualization administrators will interact with RHV in the future.  RHV 4.2 has made significant strides in furthering these UI updates.

Disaster Recovery (DR)

This is a native site-to-site failover solution.  Instead of integrating with a specific storage vendor, it depends on storage at both sites that can be replicated reliably and consistently.  Under the covers, Ansible is used extensively to automate the failover and fallback process.

High Performance Virtual Machine (VM)

The RHV 4.2 release provides a new virtual machine type called High Performance when configuring VMs.  It is capable of running a VM with the highest possible performance, as close to bare metal as possible.  This greatly streamlines the process of configuring the characteristics of a virtual machine over the previous manual-only methods.

Partner ecosystem expansion

Example: Cisco ACI Integration.   Cisco ACI provides overlay protocols that support both physical and virtual hosts in the same logical network even while running Layer 3 routing.  This integration provides additional options for customers, especially those that use Cisco ACI as part of their infrastructure.

Support for Ceph through the use of iSCSI

The Ceph iSCSI target has been tested and certified as a storage domain for virtual machines.  This provides more infrastructure and deployment choices for engineers and architects.

Get Started with Red Hat Virtualization 4.2

For a basic x86_64 installation, you'll need:

System Requirements

Check that hardware meets all 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 4.2

  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 rhvm
  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 self-hosted engine

  4. 4

    Install additional hosts in the self-hosted environment


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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