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oVirt 3.1

Fedora 17 included the packages required to support a minimal installation of the oVirt virtualization management platform. This initial offering has now been significantly expanded. oVirt has arrived! In addition to the existing functionality it is now possible to use a Fedora installation as a fully fledged oVirt "Engine" - providing a graphical management console for your virtualized environments.

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oVirt Engine Installation

The oVirt Engine provides a browser accessible management console for creating, provisioning, and using virtual machines. It also provides facilities for managing the networking and storage needs of the virtualized environment.

To install the oVirt Engine:

  • Log in to the Fedora system on which you wish to host oVirt Engine as the root user.
  • Install the ovirt-engine package, and all of the packages it depends on, using yum:
   # yum install ovirt-engine
  • Run the engine-setup script and follow the prompts to complete installation of oVirt Engine.
   # engine-setup
  • Once the Engine has been installed successfully the script will provide instructions for accessing the web Administration Portal.

Virtualization Host Installation

For each system you wish to use as a virtualization host:

  • Install Fedora 18. A minimal installation is sufficient. Ensure that you set password for the root user and that SSH is enabled.
  • Log in to your oVirt Engine installation using your web browser.
  • Select "Add" from the Hosts tab.
  • Enter a name for the Fedora host.
  • Provide the hostname or IP address and root password for the Fedora host
  • Click OK.

There will be a short delay as your host downloads and installs required packages. Your Fedora host will then be added to the environment. Once you have added your first virtualization host try:

  • Adding Data and ISO storage domains.
  • Uploading an ISO image for an operating system.
  • Creating a virtual machine!

Additional Information

A Quick Start Guide for oVirt 3.1 is available at