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Increasing the Size of a qcow2 Image Under KVM

I like to keep my disk images as small as reasonably possible when running virtual machines as I find it just generally makes life easier. Combined with the fact that if you are running LVM it’s easy to expand the disk there’s really no excuse for over specifying on the disk at install time. This […]

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Installing Webmin on Ubuntu 14.04 and 14.10

This is a quick little article showing you how to install Webmin on Ubuntu 14.10 and 14.04 (these instructions should work with older and newer versions as well).

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Fixing the Default KVM Host Firewall

I recently installed KVM on my laptop and all was going reasonably well until I tried to connect to the internet from one of the guests. For some reason that I couldn’t fathom at first the guest couldn’t talk to the internet and the local network couldn’t talk to the guest. This surprised me because […]

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KVM Offline Migration

As a follow on from the earlier series of articles on setting up KVM on Ubuntu 14.04 this article discusses performing an offline migration of a guest. Why offline rather than online? Online migration is fairly simple if you have shared storage but it starts to get awkward without. From what I’ve read an online […]

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Installing Non-Linux Guests on KVM

My KVM set up will almost certainly comprise only Linux machines but there is an outside chance I’ll need to run a Windows server in order to have somewhere to install a copy of SQL Server for development purposes. This article will discuss installing non-Linux based operating systems on / under KVM. I’ll be installing […]

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Getting Started with Byobu

Byobu is a text based window manager and if you haven’t used it before you’ll probably think it’s the best thing you’ve never used. In this quick start guide I’ll show you how to install it and get started with some basic functionality. I’ll be starting with a basic Ubuntu 14.04 server installation but this […]

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Installing and Running KVM on Ubuntu 14.04 Part 7

In part 6 of this series I looked at setting up a VNC access to the console of a guest machine in this part I’ll be installing a desktop environment.

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Installing and Running KVM on Ubuntu 14.04 Part 6

In part 5 I talked about auto-starting KVM guest machines and setting up a console that could be accessed through virsh. In this section I’ll cover accessing the guest using VNC.

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Installing and Running KVM on Ubuntu 14.04 Part 5

In part 4┬áin this series on installing and running KVM I installed the first guest machine. In this part I’ll tweak the guest so that it’s more to my liking and easier to recover should something go wrong.

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