oVirt 4.4.0 Second Release Candidate is now available for testing

The oVirt Project is excited to announce the availability of oVirt 4.4.0
Second Release Candidate for testing, as of May 15th, 2020

This release unleashes an altogether more powerful and flexible open source
virtualization solution that encompasses hundreds of individual changes and
a wide range of enhancements across the engine, storage, network, user
interface, and analytics on top of oVirt 4.3.

Important notes before you try it

Please note this is a pre-release build.

The oVirt Project makes no guarantees as to its suitability or usefulness.

This pre-release must not to be used in production.

Some of the features included in oVirt 4.4.0 Release Candidate require
content that will be available in CentOS Linux 8.2 but can’t be tested on
RHEL 8.2 beta yet due to some incompatibility in openvswitch package
shipped in CentOS Virt SIG which requires to rebuild openvswitch on top of
CentOS 8.2.
Installation instructions

For the engine: either use appliance or:

- Install CentOS Linux 8 minimal from

- dnf install

- dnf update (reboot if needed)

- dnf module enable -y javapackages-tools pki-deps postgresql:12 389-ds

- dnf install ovirt-engine

- engine-setup

For the nodes:

Either use oVirt Node ISO or:

- Install CentOS Linux 8 from
; select minimal installation

- dnf install

- dnf update (reboot if needed)

- Attach the host to engine and let it be deployed.

What’s new in oVirt 4.4.0?


   Hypervisors based on CentOS Linux 8 (rebuilt from award winning RHEL8),
   for both oVirt Node and standalone CentOS Linux hosts

   Easier network management and configuration flexibility with

   VMs based on a more modern Q35 chipset with legacy seabios and UEFI

   Support for direct passthrough of local host disks to VMs

   Live migration improvements for High Performance guests.

   New Windows Guest tools installer based on WiX framework now moved to
   VirtioWin project

   Dropped support for cluster level prior to 4.2

   Dropped SDK3 support

   4K disks support

   Exporting a VM to a data domain

   Editing of floating disks

   Integrating ansible-runner into engine, which allows a more detailed
   monitoring of playbooks executed from engine

   Adding/reinstalling hosts are now completely based on Ansible

   The OpenStack Neutron Agent cannot be configured by oVirt anymore, it
   should be configured by TripleO instead

This release is available now on x86_64 architecture for:

* Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 or newer

* CentOS Linux (or similar) 8.1 or newer

This release supports Hypervisor Hosts on x86_64 and ppc64le architectures

* Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 or newer

* CentOS Linux (or similar) 8.1 or newer

* oVirt Node 4.4 based on CentOS Linux 8.1 (available for x86_64 only)

See the release notes [1] for installation instructions and a list of new
features and bugs fixed.

If you manage more than one oVirt instance, OKD or RDO we also recommend to
try ManageIQ <http://manageiq.org/>.

In such a case, please be sure  to take the qc2 image and not the ova image.


- oVirt Appliance is already available for CentOS Linux 8

- oVirt Node NG is already available for CentOS Linux 8

Additional Resources:

* Read more about the oVirt 4.4.0 release highlights:

* Get more oVirt project updates on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ovirt

* Check out the latest project news on the oVirt blog:

[1] http://www.ovirt.org/release/4.4.0/

[2] http://resources.ovirt.org/pub/ovirt-4.4-pre/iso/


Lev Veyde

Senior Software Engineer, RHCE | RHCVA | MCITP

Red Hat Israel


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