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1.234.  virt-manager

1.234.1.  RHBA-2009:1285: enhancement and bug fix update

An updated virt-manager package that fixes several bugs and adds enhancements is now available.
The Virtual Machine Manager (virt-manager) package provides a graphical tool for administering virtualized guests running on the Xen and KVM hypervisors. The virt-manager application uses the libvirt API to manage virtualized guests and hypervisors.
Bugs fixed in the updated virt-manager package include:
  • Fully virtualized guests created with virt-manager are sometimes affected by a bug that prevents the mouse from moving freely throughout the screen. To work around this issue configure a USB tablet device for the guest with virt-manager. (BZ#223805)
  • The virt-manager help documentation was out-of-date and broken. Presently, the documentation has been removed from the virt-manager to address the various issue and the 'help' buttons and menu items have been removed. Updated documentation is in development and may be available with future releases. (BZ#448716 , BZ#443628 , BZ#460713)
  • Running virt-manager in unprivileged mode listed guests twice when connecting to remote hosts. If the remote host was disconnected and reconnected the list would double again. Every guest entry, including the duplicate entries could activate the guest. This issue is now resolved and only the available guests will be listed for a remote host. (BZ#448885)
  • virt-manager would hang when attempting to connect to a Xen hypervisor with SSH. The updated virt-manager package has enhanced remote connection awareness and this issue no longer presents. (BZ#484063)
  • Adding or removing a device during the guest installation procedure sometimes caused the guest to become unbootable. This behavior has been fixed in the updated package and devices can be added or removed during the installation. (BZ#472600)
  • Changing memory allocation for running guests in virt-manager had no effect. This issue is resolved in the updated package and memory changes update correctly. (BZ#484314)
  • Migrations with the virt-manager Migrate option failed due to incorrect parameters being sent to libvirt. The correct parameters are sent in the updated package. (BZ#509135)
This updated virt-manager package provides the following enhancements:
  • virt-manager has been rebased to support the KVM hypervisor. (BZ#489374)
  • Users can now add a sound for virtualized guests on the KVM hypervisor. Sound cards are optional for virtualized guests. The only available and default sound card device is an emulated AC97 device. (BZ#506035)
  • the updated virt-manager package includes a storage management interface. Access the storage management interface by selecting the Edit->Host Details->Storage menu. The storage management interface manages local and networked storage devices.
  • Graphical guest consoles support resizing and scaling.
  • Users can view and remove virtualized sound, serial, parallel, and host devices from virtualized guests.
  • Users can add sound cards and host devices to existing virtualized guests.
  • The disk and network device model can be selected when adding new device to a virtualized guest.
  • The default boot device for a virtualized guest can be selected in virt-manager. (BZ#484068)
  • VTd and PCI passthrough are now supported. The VT-d feature provides hardware support for directly assigning physical PCI devices to a guest. The main benefit of the feature is to improve the performance of guest I/O to bare-metal levels for assigned PCI devices. Supported architectures for VTd include: 32 bit x86, 64-bit Intel EM64T and 64-bit Intel Itanium 2. (BZ#480521)
Users of virt-manager are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which provide these bug fixes and enhancements.

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