Thanks Julian, I'm in Mildura in VIC.

I was hoping for a "pure" web-based client console solution, not something
like the VMware desktop client.

Anyway, I'm not going to get too hung up on this. Even if we go VMware
because it "just works" and everyone's happy with it, we'll still do plenty
of CentOS/Fedora.

There is also a case to be made that our students are much more likely to
encounter VMware in a corporate environment that KVM. And Windows. And
iPads. Yawn.


On Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 11:22 AM, Julian De Marchi <> wrote:

> 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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