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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=URI Connect to a non-default hypervisor. See virt-install(1) for details General Options General configuration parameters that apply to all types of guest installs. -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. --vcpus=VCPUS 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. --cpuset Set which physical cpus the guest can use. Please see virt-install(1) for more info. --cpu Configure the CPU and CPU features exposed to the guest. Please see virt-install(1) for more info. --check-cpu Check that vcpus do not exceed physical CPUs and warn if they do. --os-type=OS_TYPE 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. --os-variant=OS_VARIANT 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. --noapic Force disable APIC for the guest. --noacpi Force disable ACPI for the guest. Networking Configuration -w NETWORK, --network=NETWORK Connect the guest to the host network. See virt-install(1) for details -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" Graphics Configuration If no graphics option is specified, "virt-image" will default to '--graphics vnc' if the DISPLAY environment variable is set, otherwise '--graphics none' is used. --graphics TYPE,opt1=arg1,opt2=arg2,... Specifies the graphical display configuration. This does not configure any virtual hardware, just how the guest's graphical display can be accessed. See virt-install(1) for details usage info. --vnc This option is deprecated in favor of "--graphics vnc,..." --vncport=VNCPORT This option is deprecated in favor of "--graphics vnc,port=PORT,..." --vnclisten=VNCLISTEN This option is deprecated in favor of "--graphics vnc,listen=LISTEN,..." -k KEYMAP, --keymap=KEYMAP This option is deprecated in favor of "--graphics vnc,keymap=KEYMAP,..." --sdl This option is deprecated in favor of "--graphics sdl,..." --nographics This option is deprecated in favor of "--graphics none" Miscellaneous Options -p, --print Print the libvirt XML, but do not start the guest. --boot=BOOT 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. --replace Shutdown and remove any existing guest with the passed "--name" before installing from the image. --noreboot Prevent the domain automatically booting after importing the image. --skip-checksum Do not check disk images against checksums (if they are listed in the image xml). -d, --debug Print debugging information.
Create and start a guest called "example" with a VNC console from "image.xml": # virt-image --name example --vnc 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.xml
Written by David Lutterkort and Cole Robinson. See the AUTHORS file in the source distribution for the complete list of credits.
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Copyright (C) 2006-2012 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 "http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html". There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
virt-image(5), virt-install(1), the project website "http://virt-manager.org" 2013-03-22 VIRT-IMAGE(1)