Configure oVirt Node (Hypervisor) on Rocky Linux 8 / AlmaLinux 8

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Virtualization technology was created to allow for efficient use of physical computing resources in IT Infrastructures. Each Virtual Machine will have its file system, network interface, IP address and other peripherals attached to it. The hypervisor is the software component on the host that manages and supports the physical server virtualization.

The work of the hypervisor is to run virtual machines for each virtualized operating system by providing access to virtual memory, storage, networking, CPUs, GPUs, and other system peripherals. It ensures there is restriction of virtual machines from having direct access to hardware or other virtual machines. In Virtualization, a host is the physical machine and operating system providing the hypervisor.

What is oVirt?

oVirt is an open source virtualization platform that provides centralized management of virtual servers, hosts, and desktops across one or more enterprise data centers. oVirt is based on Linux OS, Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology, and other software components that delivers the entire Virtualization platform.

oVirt offers great features that suit enterprise-grade virtualization.

  • Live migration of Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machines high availability, feature extension of Live migration
  • System scheduling
  • Power management
  • Image management
  • Monitoring through Grafana dashboards
  • Snapshots management for your Virtual Machines
  • Thin provisioning of VMs
  • Among other features

Below are the key components of oVirt virtualization platform.

Name Component Description
oVirt Engine Service that provides a graphical user interface and a REST API to manage the resources in the environment. The Engine is installed on a physical or virtual machine running Enterprise Linux.
Hosts Enterprise Linux hosts (Enterprise Linux hosts) and oVirt Nodes (image-based hypervisors) are the two supported types of host. Hosts use Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology and provide resources used to run virtual machines.
Shared Storage A storage service is used to store the data associated with virtual machines.
Data Warehouse A service that collects configuration information and statistical data from the Engine.

This article will be focused on the installation of oVirt hypervisor components on Rocky Linux 8 / AlmaLinux 8 server. For oVirt Engine setup refer to our guide in the following link:

The requirements on the server to be used as oVirt compute host must meet the following;

  • CPU Requirements: The CPUs on the hosts system must have support for the Intel® 64 or AMD64 CPU extensions, and the AMD-V™ or Intel VT® hardware virtualization extensions enabled.
  • Memory Requirements: The minimum of memory required in a host is 2 GB, and supports up to 4 TB of RAM per Virtual Machine deployed on oVirt Node
  • Storage Requirements: Storage can be local or network-based. The total minimum storage requirement on the node is 55 GiB
  • Networking requirements: oVirt requires IPv6 to remain enabled on the physical or virtual machine running the Engine
  • Network Interface: 1 Network Interface Card (NIC) with bandwidth of at least 1 Gbps.
  • DNS(hostnames) and NTP time synchronization configured

Virtual Desktop Server Manager (VDSM) management agent

On every oVirt host (hypervisor) is the Virtual Desktop Server Manager (VDSM) management agent that runs to allow for communication between the oVirt Manager (Engine) and compute hosts. This VDSM allows oVirt Manager to manage virtual machines and storage, and retrieve statistics from hosts and guests. it uses libvirt to perform basic virtual machine life-cycle commands, such as start, stop, and reboot.

Step 1 – Configure hostname, DNS and NTP

We need a good DNS name configured on our server. My first oVirt node will have the hostname set below:

sudo hostnamectl set-hostname $Hostname

Update DNS server and add A record for the name we’ve used on the server. You can also use /etc/hosts file if no DNS server in your infra.

[[email protected] ~]# ip ad show
1: lo:  mtu 65536 qdisc noqueue state UNKNOWN group default qlen 1000
    link/loopback 00:00:00:00:00:00 brd 00:00:00:00:00:00
    inet scope host lo
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
    inet6 ::1/128 scope host
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
2: enp1s0:  mtu 1500 qdisc fq_codel state UP group default qlen 1000
    link/ether 52:54:00:36:ad:26 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
    inet brd scope global noprefixroute enp1s0
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
    inet6 fe80::5054:ff:fe36:ad26/64 scope link
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever

[[email protected] ~]# vi /etc/hosts
# oVirt Nodes ovirt-manager ovirt-node-01

Also set correct timezone of your region:

sudo timedatectl set-timezone Africa/Nairobi

Install chrony ntp server package

sudo yum -y install chrony

Start the service and sync date on the server

sudo systemctl enable --now chronyd
sudo chronyc sources

Verify current date setting on the server

[[email protected] ~]# date
Tue Jan 11 00:17:39 EAT 2022

Step 2 – Add oVirt RPM Repository to Rocky Linux 8 / AlmaLinux 8

There is an official YUM repository for EL systems that we can add and install required packages from it. An alternative installation is from oVirt host ISO file.

We can run the command shared to enable oVirt repos on our system

sudo yum -y install

List all repositories available after addition

[[email protected] ~]# yum repolist
repo id                                                                                        repo name
appstream                                                                                      Rocky Linux 8 - AppStream
baseos                                                                                         Rocky Linux 8 - BaseOS
extras                                                                                         Rocky Linux 8 - Extras
ovirt-4.4                                                                                      Latest oVirt 4.4 Release
ovirt-4.4-advanced-virtualization                                                              Advanced Virtualization packages for x86_64
ovirt-4.4-centos-ceph-pacific                                                                  Ceph packages for x86_64
ovirt-4.4-centos-gluster8                                                                      CentOS-8 - Gluster 8
ovirt-4.4-centos-nfv-openvswitch                                                               CentOS-8 - NFV OpenvSwitch
ovirt-4.4-centos-opstools                                                                      CentOS-8 - OpsTools - collectd
ovirt-4.4-centos-ovirt44                                                                       CentOS-8 - oVirt 4.4                                   Copr repo for gluster-ansible owned by sac                               Copr repo for EL8_collection owned by sbonazzo
ovirt-4.4-epel                                                                                 Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux 8 - x86_64
ovirt-4.4-openstack-victoria                                                                   OpenStack Victoria Repository
ovirt-4.4-virtio-win-latest                                                                    virtio-win builds roughly matching what will be shipped in upcoming RHEL

We can confirm there are oVirt repositories enabled on the system. We’ll be using them to install the packages needed to turn our Rocky Linux 8 / AlmaLinux 8 system into oVirt Virtualization compute node.

Step 3 – Install oVirt Packages and dependencies

Install the oVirt Cockpit module and other packages required:

sudo dnf -y install cockpit cockpit-ovirt-dashboard

If the node will be used to configure Glusterfs or deploy oVirt Manager as hosted engine, install these extra packages:

sudo dnf install gluster-ansible-roles ovirt-engine-appliance

Then enable and start cockpit socket

sudo systemctl enable cockpit.socket
sudo systemctl start cockpit.socket

If firewalld service is active, allow cockpit service on the firewall using firewall-cmd utility.

sudo firewall-cmd --add-service=cockpit
sudo firewall-cmd --add-service=cockpit --permanent
sudo firewall-cmd --reload

Step 4 – Prepare Storage for oVirt use

We have an article on configuring NFS storage for oVirt.

The only steps necessary for this setup are Step 1 and Step 2. Other steps can only be performed after addition of Compute host/hypervisor.

Step 5 – Add Compute host from oVirt managent portal

Ensure server names for oVirt Engine and your compute hosts are set correctly. Forward and reverse lookup records must both be set in the DNS. You can update /etc/hosts file with correct names and IP addresses.

# Updating /etc/hosts file ovirt-manager ovirt-node-01

Login to oVirt Manager administration portal using set username and password.


Navigate to Compute > Hosts > New


Select the Data Center for Host Cluster in the drop-down list for the new host. Then fill all required information for the host to be added – Name, IP address, and authentication details.


For SSH Public Key authentication, you’ll copy the key displayed in the SSH Public Key field to /root/.ssh/authorized_keys on the host.

[[email protected] ~]# vi /root/.ssh/authorized_keys

Ansible is used to automatically configure new host. Click on its name to check progress


Provisioning progress is available inside Events tab.


Once the installation of oVirt host is done. There will be ansible deployment success message in events logs.


Login and reboot the host before you can use it

[[email protected] ~]# reboot

Node status should be in Up status after the reboot.


A logical network called ovirtmgmt is created automatically by the provisioner. This is usable for most workloads unless you have a special requirement for multiple network interfaces.


The host primary interface will be bound to the Linux bridge created:

[[email protected] ~]# cat /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-enp1s0

# cat /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-ovirtmgmt
ROUTING_RULE_1="priority 3200 to table 329647082"
ROUTING_RULE_2="priority 3200 from table 329647082"

More networks can be created from oVirt Management portal as required by your applications and mapped on the hosts. Next you configure storage domains in your oVirt data center. Check out our guide


In addition to this blog post, there are a number of useful resources that helps with the deployment and usage of oVirt Virtualization platform. In particular, visit and review the official oVirt Documentation. Navigate through various sections and access some useful information. Our future guides will demonstrate operations on oVirt environment from the user and Systems Administrator perspective. Stay connected for daily updates!.

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