Chapter 1. System requirements

Chapter 1. System requirements

1.1. Hardware prerequisites

Your system will require the attributes listed in this chapter to successfully run virtualization on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. You will require a host running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server with the virtualization packages. The host will need a configured hypervisor. For information on installing the hypervisor, read Chapter 4, Installing Red Hat Virtualization packages on the host.

You require installation media for the guest systems. The installation media must be available to the host as follows:

The types of storage supported by Red Hat Virtualization are:

Tip

Use /var/lib/xen/images/ for file based guest images. If you use a different directory you must add the directory to your SELinux policy. For more information see Chapter 11, SELinux and virtualization.


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