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       virt-image - create virtual machines from an image descriptor


       virt-image [OPTION]... IMAGE.XML


       virt-image is a command line tool for creating virtual machines from an
       XML image descriptor "IMAGE.XML" (virt-image(5)). Most attributes of
       the virtual machine are taken from the XML descriptor (e.g., where the
       files to back the virtual machine's disks are and how to map them into
       the guest), though certain information must be added on the command
       line, such as the name of the guest.

       The XML descriptor defines most attributes of the guest, making it
       possible to bundle and distribute it together with the files backing
       the guest's disks.


       Most options can be omitted, in which case virt-image will use defaults
       from the XML descriptor. When defaults are taken from the XML
       descriptor, they are indicated below as a path. --name is the only
       required command line option.

       -h, --help
           Show the help message and exit

           Connect to a non-default hypervisor. See virt-install(1) for

   General Options
       General configuration parameters that apply to all types of guest

       -n NAME, --name=NAME
         Name of the guest instance

       -r MEMORY, --ram=MEMORY
         Memory to allocate for guest instance in megabytes. Defaults to
         "/image/devices/memory" in the XML descriptor.

       -u UUID, --uuid=UUID
         UUID for the guest; if none is given a random UUID will be generated.
         If you specify UUID, you should use a 32-digit hexadecimal number.

         Number of vcpus to configure for your guest. Defaults to
         "/image/devices/vcpu" in the XML descriptor. This option can also be
         used to set CPU topology, please see virt-install(1) for more info.

         Set which physical cpus the guest can use. Please see virt-install(1)
         for more info.

         Configure the CPU and CPU features exposed to the guest. Please see
         virt-install(1) for more info.

         Check that vcpus do not exceed physical CPUs and warn if they do.

         Optimize the guest configuration for a type of operating system (ex.
         'linux', 'windows'). This will attempt to pick the most suitable ACPI
         & APIC settings, optimally supported mouse drivers, virtio, and
         generally accommodate other operating system quirks.  See
         virt-install(1) for valid values.

         Further optimize the guest configuration for a specific operating
         system variant (ex. 'fedora8', 'winxp'). This parameter is optional,
         and does not require an "--os-type" to be specified. See
         virt-install(1) for valid values.

   Full Virtualization specific options
       Parameters specific only to fully virtualized guest installs.

         Disables APIC for fully virtualized guest (overrides value in XML

         Disables ACPI for fully virtualized guest (overrides value in XML

   Networking Configuration
       -m MAC, --mac=MAC
         This is deprecated in favor of "--network ...,mac=MAC,..."

       -b BRIDGE, --bridge=BRIDGE
         This is deprecated in favor of "--network bridge=BRIDGE"

       -w NETWORK, --network=NETWORK
         Connect the guest to the host network. See virt-install(1) for

   Graphics Configuration
       If no graphics option is specified, "virt-install" will default to
       --vnc if the DISPLAY environment variable is set, otherwise
       --nographics is used.

         Setup a virtual console in the guest and export it as a VNC server in
         the host. See virt-install(1) for details

         Request a permanent, statically assigned port number for the guest
         VNC console. See virt-install(1) for details

         Address to listen on for VNC connections. See virt-install(1) for

       -k KEYMAP, --keymap=KEYMAP
         Request that the virtual VNC console be configured to run with a non-
         English keyboard layout.

         Setup a virtual console in the guest and display an SDL window in the
         host to render the output. See virt-install(1) for details

         Do not attach a graphical device to the guest. See virt-install(1)
         for details

   Miscellaneous Options
       -p, --print
         Print the libvirt XML, but do not start the guest.

         The zero-based index of the boot record to use. The XML descriptor
         can contain multiple "/image/domain/boot" elements for use on
         different hypervisors. By default, the one that is most appropriate
         for the current hypervisor is selected.

         Shutdown and remove any existing guest with the passed "--name"
         before installing from the image.

         Prevent the domain from automatically rebooting after the install has

         Do not check disk images against checksums (if they are listed in the
         image xml).

       -d, --debug
         Print debugging information

         Prevent interactive prompts. If the intended prompt was a yes/no
         prompt, always say yes. For any other prompts, the application will


       Create and start a guest called "example" with a VNC console from

         # virt-image --name example --vnc -i image.xml

       Print the libvirt XML for a guest called "example" without graphics,
       but do not create or start a virtual machine:

         # virt-image --print --name example --nographics --image image.xml


       Written by David Lutterkort. See the AUTHORS file in the source
       distribution for the complete list of credits.


       Please see


       Copyright (C) 2006-2007 Red Hat, Inc, and various contributors.  This
       is free software. You may redistribute copies of it under the terms of
       the GNU General Public License "".
       There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.


       virt-image(5), virt-install(1), the project website

                                  2011-06-09                     VIRT-IMAGE(1)