Red Hat Virtualization All-in-One

This was originally published as a Gist to help some peers, however since those are hard to discover I am reposting here.

The goal is to install Red Hat Virtualization onto a single host, for example a home lab. I’m doing this with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (7.7) and RHV, but will work just as well with CentOS and oVirt. If you’re using RHV, note that this is not supported in any way!

The Server

My home lab consists of a single server with adequate CPU and RAM to host a few things. I’m using an old, small HDD for the OS and a larger NVMe drive will be used for VMs. My host has only a single 1GbE link, which isn’t an issue since I’m not expecting to use remote storage and, being a lab, it’s ok if it doesn’t have network access due to a failure…it’s a lab!

You can use pretty much whatever hardware with whatever config you like for hosting your virtual machines. The only real requirement is about 6GB of RAM for the OS + hosted engine, but you’ll want more than that to host other VMs.

Install and configure

Before beginning, make sure you have forward and reverse DNS working for the hostnames and IPs you’re using for both the hypervisor host and RHV Manager. For example:

  • 10.0.101.20 = rhvm.lab.com
  • 10.0.101.21 = rhv01.lab.com

With that out of the way, let’s deploy and configure RHV!

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