Mastering KVM Virtualization - Second Edition

By Vedran Dakic
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  1. Section 1: KVM Virtualization Basics

About this book

Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) enables you to virtualize your data center by transforming your Linux operating system into a powerful hypervisor that allows you to manage multiple operating systems with minimal fuss. With this book, you'll gain insights into configuring, troubleshooting, and fixing bugs in KVM virtualization and related software.

This second edition of Mastering KVM Virtualization is updated to cover the latest developments in the core KVM components - libvirt and QEMU. Starting with the basics of Linux virtualization, you'll explore VM lifecycle management and migration techniques. You’ll then learn how to use SPICE and VNC protocols while creating VMs and discover best practices for using snapshots. As you progress, you'll integrate third-party tools with Ansible for automation and orchestration. You’ll also learn to scale out and monitor your environments, and will cover oVirt, OpenStack, Eucalyptus, AWS, and ELK stack. Throughout the book, you’ll find out more about tools such as Cloud-Init and Cloudbase-Init. Finally, you'll be taken through the performance tuning and troubleshooting guidelines for KVM-based virtual machines and a hypervisor.

By the end of this book, you'll be well-versed with KVM virtualization and the tools and technologies needed to build and manage diverse virtualization environments.

Publication date:
October 2020


Section 1: KVM Virtualization Basics

Part 1 provides you with an insight into the prevailing technologies in Linux virtualization and its advantages over other virtualization solutions. We will discuss the important data structures and the internal implementation of libvirt, QEMU, and KVM.

This part of the book comprises the following chapters:

  • Chapter 1, Understanding Linux Virtualization
  • Chapter 2, KVM as a Virtualization Solution

About the Author

  • Vedran Dakic

    Vedran Dakic works as a head of Department of operating systems at Algebra University College. He began using Linux while in college back in 1995 and became a RedHat Certified Technician/System Administrator, Engineer and Trainer in 2005., and RedHat Certified Virtualization Administrator in 2016. He’s also a certified Microsoft Trainer and VMware Instructor, with key areas of expertise being virtualization, application and cloud technologies (OpenStack, OpenShift, Office 365, Exchange, Azure, vRealize, vCloud Director, etc.)

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