KVM virtualization and management tutorial

KVM virtualization is an immature platform, but major Linux vendors support it. This KVM virtualization tutorial covers the hypervisor's architecture and KVM management tools.

Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) is a free, open source virtualization architecture for Linux distributions.

KVM virtualization is often compared with Xen, which is the open source hypervisor for Oracle VM, Citrix Systems Inc.'s XenServer and other platforms. But KVM virtualization, which is supported by Red Hat Inc. and Canonical Ltd., uses a type-two hypervisor that resides within the Linux kernel.

This tutorial on KVM virtualization -- part of our Virtualization School series -- explains the differences between Xen and KVM virtualization. It also covers KVM management tools and how to set up a KVM virtualization environment.

After completing the lessons below, you can take a brief quiz to test your KVM virtualization knowledge.

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This was first published in December 2010

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