Hey Michael,

> I am teaching IT subjects in TAFE (a kind of post-secondary technical
> college) in Australia.

Great news for this tech to be in tafe. I remember my time at Logan tafe got me into linux.


We are currently looking for a virtualisation platform that will allow
students to install and manage VMs via web interface.

VMware is being proposed but I am trying to get KVM and the RedHat
ecosystem in the lab as much as possible.

I have reasonable experience with running virt manager on CentOS 7, but
oVirt is new. I have it installed and running OK but am not sure how to
proceed with configuration.

I basically want to run a single physical server which will be the KVM
host, the ISO and data store, and the home of oVirt engine ... in other
words a complete oVirt-managed KVM virtualisation platform running on one
physical machine (32GB RAM). It will only ever need to run a handful of VMs
with little or no real data or load. Is this possible/feasible?

If possible/feasible, where should oVirt engine go ... on the host itself,
or into a VM guest?

If it was me, I would do the engine install on the metal host itself. Will be a lot easier for you, as long as you _know_ you will not be adding more metal nodes to the oVirt setup.

I would also be looking into the "VM Pool" feature for your student. This will give you a pool of VMs which after use can be reset to a default configuration.

The web interface is what is making oVirt an attractive option at this
stage, as students will be working from Windows clients on a corporate
network. Do VM GUI display well in the browser?

I have no experience using oVirt from Windows, but if there is a splice client available I see no reason why it shouldn't work.

If you're local to QLD, I am more then happy to help in person.

--julian
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