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LFS462 Open Source Virtualization

Learn KVM from the ground up with a focus on QEMU and libvirt, as well as Xen. By the end of this course, you will…

Certificate None
Duration 4 Days
Delivery Blended, Classroom, Virtual Classroom
Accreditor The Linux Foundation
Languages English

What is included in LFS462 Open Source Virtualization

Course Description

Learn KVM from the ground up with a focus on QEMU and libvirt, as well as Xen. By the end of this course, you will understand how these and other related open source components can be assembled to create a virtual IT infrastructure. Focus on practical deployment skills, securing the virtual infrastructure, and administering solutions. This course provides the detailed material about using containers. There are low-level lab exercises focused on virtual images and snapshots, deployment, VM creation and maintenance, integration with networking infrastructure, device pass-through and more.

Course Information

Certification: None

Duration: 4 Days

Domain: Solution Development and Deployment

Delivery Method: Blended, Classroom, Virtual Classroom

Accreditor: The Linux Foundation

Available Languages: English

Purchase Options: Pay Per Use Courseware


This course is for technical IT professionals interested in building a reliable, efficient and open virtualization infrastructure with KVM. Learners are expected to have mastered the skills covered in the lower level Linux Foundation System Administration courses. Learners are expected to be well¬ versed in Linux command line usage, shell scripting and text file editing.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Learn Virtualization and KVM Quick-Start.
  • Understand KVM Architecture and Relationship with linux
  • Learn how to Run KVM Using QEMU
  • Understand libvirt, Hardware Support, Tuning for Performance, KVM Security, Xen Hypervisor Architecture
  • Understand how to Install and Configur Xen
  • Learn Administration of Xen domains, Xen Performance and Tuning, and Xen Security.
  • Understand how to work with linux Containers

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction

  • linux Foundation
  • linux Foundation Training
  • Laboratory Exercises, Solutions and Resources
  • Distribution Details
  • Registration
  • Labs

Module 2: Virtualization Overview

  • Virtualization Terminology
  • Host versus Guest
  • Virtual Machine Monitor
  • Emulation
  • Software versus Hardware Virtualization
  • Hypervisor Types
  • Instruction Translation and Caching
  • Paravirtualization
  • Virtual Machine Image File
  • linux Containers
  • Xen Hypervisor
  • Labs

Module 3: KVM Quick-Start

  • Verifying your linux Kernel has KVM
  • Validating your Hardware for KVM
  • Obtaining and Installing KVM and QEMU
  • Verifying libvirt installation
  • Building Upstream QEMU
  • libvirt
  • qemu-img and Virtual Disk Files
  • virt-install
  • Pausing and Restoring the Guest
  • Managing VMs with GUIs
  • The QEMU Command line
  • The QEMU Monitor
  • virt-manager
  • Labs

Module 4: KVM Architecture and Relationship with linux

  • Brief History of KVM
  • Controlling KVM Using linux Commands
  • Obtaining KVM
  • Labs
  • Running KVM Using QEMU
  • What is QEMU?

Module 5: Running KVM Using QEMU

  • Machine Commands
  • Starting Guest Networking
  • Dumping Network Traffic with QEMU
  • Guest-to-Host Communication using Virtio
  • QEMU Tracing
  • Managing Storage With QEMU
  • Managing Virtual Storage with libguestfs
  • Using Host Physical Storage
  • Using Host Physical Networking
  • Graphics
  • BIOS
  • USB Pass-through
  • Labs

Module 6: libvirt

  • Architecture
  • libvirt Access Control
  • virsh
  • libvirt XML
  • Open vSwitch
  • Labs

Module 7: Hardware Support

  • I/O Provisioning
  • Labs

Module 8: Tuning for Performance

  • Measuring Performance
  • netperf
  • fio
  • Memory Testing with Stream
  • SPECVirt Tuning
  • Labs

Module 9: KVM Security

  • Review – libvirt Access Control
  • Host Security Concerns
  • libvirt-sandbox
  • sVirt
  • Security Updates
  • Labs

Module 10: Xen Hypervisor Architecture

  • Domain Types
  • Toolstack Choices
  • Virtualization Modes
  • Labs

Module 11: Installing and Configuring Xen

  • Preparing the Host
  • Getting the Software
  • Verifying dom0
  • Toolstack Selection
  • Installing domU
  • Persistent Xen Configuration
  • Connections to domU
  • Labs

Module 12: Administration of Xen domains

  • Debugging Xen Issues
  • Backup and Restore
  • live Migration
  • NUMA Features
  • PCI Pass-through
  • USB Device Pass-through
  • Troubleshooting
  • Labs

Module 13: Xen Performance and Tuning

  • Domain Resource Usage
  • Xen Scheduler Options
  • I/O Benchmark Testing
  • Boot Options for dom0
  • Labs

Module 14: Xen Security

  • Domain Type Considerations
  • Xen Security Modules
  • Virtual Trusted Platform Module
  • pvgrub
  • Network Security
  • Labs

Module 15: Working with linux Containers

  • Container Basics
  • Docker
  • Rocket
  • Kubernetes
  • LXD Container Hypervisor
  • OCI
  • lxc command line tools
  • Labs

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