Be advised that after installation is done, you can manage VMs using the ovirt 

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From: "Michael Hall" <> 
Sent: Thursday, 14 April, 2016 12:19:28 PM 
Subject: Re: [ovirt-users] Educational use case question 

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 

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. 


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. 


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