A Centos 7 virtual machine host

I had previously run Arch Linux as a virtual host. While it did mean I had the features of the latest kernel and QEMU releases, the number of updates and stability issues a rolling release distro like Arch brings was a problem. With the more stable distros now having the features I wanted a couple ...

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Arch Linux install: VLAN setup for libvirt

There are a number of ways to connect virtual machines together, all of them make use of a Linux bridge device (a virtual switch) which is controlled with the brctl command. The bridge can be left isolated so only VMs on the same host can communicate, or joined to a physical LAN and pass traffic at either Layer 2 ...

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Arch Linux install: libvirt with WebVirtMgr

This tutorial will cover installation and basic configuration of libvirt and QEMU to a state where it's possible to easily provision new VMs with WebVirtMgr. It will be a minimalist install with as few dependencies as possible to keep the host easy to maintain. WebVirtMgr is not perfect, but is the best lightweight web GUI around at the moment. See the GitHub page for ...

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Arch Linux install: btrfs root with snapshots

The following tutorial will show the steps to create an Arch Linux system booting from the Btrfs file system. Btrfs is quite different from the Linux standard Ext3/4, and much closer to the UNIX focused ZFS in design and features. The Wikipedia article is a good introduction for those unfamiliar with how ...

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