Convert raw VM image (img) to qcow2 using qemu-img

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To take a snapshot of a KVM VM, storage backing must be qcow2, existing raw images must be converted to qcow2 for snapshot capability.


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • Red Hat Virtualization 4

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