Thewizard helps you through the steps required to create a virtual machine and install its operating system. There are two ways to start it: Within Virtual Machine Manager, either click or choose . Alternatively, start YaST and choose .
Start thewizard either from YaST or Virtual Machine Manager.
Choose an installation source—either a locally available media or a network installation source. If you want to set up your VM Guest from an existing image, choose.
On a VM Host Server running the Xen hypervisor, you can choose whether to install a paravirtualized or a fully virtualized guest. The respective option is available under. Depending on this choice, not all installation options may be available.
Depending on your choice in the previous step, you need to provide the following data:
Specify the path on the VM Host Server to an ISO image containing the installation data. If it is available as a volume in a libvirt storage pool, you can also select it using Section 12.0, Managing Storage.. For more information, see
Alternatively, choose a physical CD-ROM or DVD inserted in the optical drive of the VM Host Server.
Provide the ftp://, http://, https://, and nfs://.pointing to the installation source. Valid URL prefixes are, for example,
Under, provide a path to an auto-installation file (AutoYaST or Kickstart, for example) and kernel parameters. Having provided a URL, the operating system should be automatically detected correctly. If this is not the case, deselect and manually select the and .
When booting via PXE, you only need to provide theand the .
To set up the VM Guest from an existing image, you need to specify the path on the VM Host Server to the image. If it is available as a volume in a libvirt storage pool, you can also select it using Section 12.0, Managing Storage.. For more information, see
Choose the memory size and number of CPUs for the new virtual machine.
This step is omitted whenis chosen in the first step.
Set up a virtual hard disk for the VM Guest. Either create a new disk image or choose an existing one from a storage pool (for more information, see Section 12.0, Managing Storage). If you choose to create a disk, a qcow2 image will be created. By default, it is stored under /var/lib/libvirt/images.
Setting up a disk is optional. If you are running a live system directly from CD or DVD, for example, you can omit this step by deactivating.
On the last screen of the wizard, specify the name for the virtual machine. To be offered the possibility to review and make changes to the virtualized hardware selection, activate. Find options to specify the network device under .
If you kept the defaults in the previous step, the installation will now start. If you selected Section 14.0, Configuring Virtual Machines., a VM Guest configuration dialog opens. For more information about configuring VM Guests, see
When you are done configuring, click.
HINT: Passing Key Combinations to Virtual Machines
The installation starts in a Virtual Machine Manager console window. Some key combinations,
such as Ctrl+Alt+F1, are recognized by the VM Host Server but are not
passed to the virtual machine. To bypass the VM Host Server, Virtual Machine Manager provides the
sticky key functionality. Pressing
Ctrl, Alt, or
Shift three times makes the key sticky, then you can
press the remaining keys to pass the combination to the virtual machine.
For example, to pass Ctrl+Alt+F2 to a Linux virtual machine, press Ctrl three times, then press Alt+F2. You can also press Alt three times, then press Ctrl+F2.
The sticky key functionality is available in the Virtual Machine Manager during and after installing a VM Guest.