Describe KVM Multiuser Usage here.

Put up some thoughts here on multiuser KVM usage.

Multiuser usage of KVM: Assumptions

User Logon Possibilities

Virtual Machine Layout

Classification of QEMU/KVM Options (as of 0.17)

Options that Users Are Allowed to Set

-fda/-fdb file use 'file' as floppy disk 0/1 image

-hda/-hdb file use 'file' as IDE hard disk 0/1 image

-cdrom file use 'file' as IDE cdrom image (cdrom is ide1 master)

-boot [a|c|d|n] boot on floppy (a), hard disk (c), CD-ROM (d), or network (n)

-snapshot write to temporary files instead of disk image files

-localtime set the real time clock to local time [default=utc]

-kernel bzImage use 'bzImage' as kernel image

-append cmdline use'cmdline' as kernel command line

-initrd file use 'file' as initial ramdisk

-hdachs c,h,s[,t] force hard disk 0 physical geometry and the optional BIOS translation (t=none or lba) (usually qemu can guess them)

-no-acpi disable ACPI

-no-reboot exit instead of rebooting

-loadvm file start right away with a saved state (loadvm in monitor)

-vnc display start a VNC server on display

-option-rom rom load a file, rom, into the option ROM space

Options that Users Are Not Allowed to Set

-m megs set virtual RAM size to megs MB [default=128]

-nographic disable graphical output and redirect serial I/Os to console

-win2k-hack use it when installing Windows 2000 to avoid a disk full bug

-usb enable the USB driver (will be the default soon)

-usbdevice name add the host or guest USB device 'name'

-net nic[,vlan=n][,macaddr=addr][,model=type] create a new Network Interface Card and connect it to VLAN 'n'

-net user[,vlan=n][,hostname=host] connect the user mode network stack to VLAN 'n' and send hostname 'host' to DHCP clients

-net tap[,vlan=n][,fd=h][,ifname=name][,script=file] connectthe host TAP network interface to VLAN 'n' and use the network script'file' (default=/etc/qemu-ifup); use 'script=no' to disable scriptexecution; use 'fd=h' to connect to an already opened TAP interface

-net socket[,vlan=n][,fd=h][,listen=[host]:port][,connect=host:port] connect the vlan 'n' to another VLAN using a socket connection

-net socket[,vlan=n][,fd=h][,mcast=maddr:port] connect the vlan 'n' to multicast maddr and port

-net none use it alone to have zero network devices; if no -net option is provided, the default is '-net nic -net user'

-tftp prefix allow tftp access to files starting with prefix [-net user]

-smb dir allow SMB access to files in 'dir'[-net user]

-redir [tcp|udp]:host-port:[guest-host]:guest-port redirect TCP or UDP connections from host to guest [-net user]

-monitor dev redirect the monitor to char device 'dev'

-vmchanneldi:DI,dev redirect the hypercall device with device id DI, to chardevice 'dev'

-balloon dev redirect the balloon hypercall device to chardevice 'dev'

-serial dev redirect the serial port to char device 'dev'

-parallel dev redirect the parallel port to char device 'dev'

-pidfile file Write PID to 'file'

-no-rtc don't use /dev/rtc for timer alarm (do use gettimeofday)

Options that Are Not Used

-M machine select emulated machine (-M ? for list) -hdc/-hdd file use 'file' as IDE hard disk 2/3 image

-no-quit disable SDL window close capability

-no-fd-bootchk disable boot signature checking for floppy disks

-smp n set the number of CPUs to 'n' [default=1]

-k language use keyboard layout (for example "fr" for French)

-audio-help print list of audio drivers and their options

-soundhw c1,... enable audio support and only specified sound cards (comma separated list) use -soundhw ? to get the list of supported cards use -soundhw all to enable all of them

-full-screen start in full screen

-S freeze CPU at startup (use 'c' to start execution)

-s wait gdb connection to port 1234

-p port change gdb connection port

-d item1,... output log to /tmp/qemu.log (use -d ? for a list of log items)

-L path set the directory for the BIOS, VGA BIOS and keymaps

-no-kvm disable KVM hardware virtualization

-std-vga simulate a standard VGA card with VESA Bochs Extensions (default is CL-GD5446 PCI VGA)

-daemonize daemonize QEMU after initializing

VM ID Structure

Virtual machine identifier serves two purposes:

  1. to identify a VM in human-readable way
  2. to encode the options to run KVM with, that are not allowed to be set by user

An identifier therefore consists of two parts:

In the simplest case, the second part of a VM identifier may be just a string containing all options set for this particular VM, encoded in base64 to avoid special characters and whitespace in the directory name. To distinguish between two VMs with the same options, the second part of VM identifier also contains the human-readable name, but it is not passed to KVM as an option.

VM Directory Structure

This project especially pursues simplicity of design. Because of this, it is necessary to avoid another database or a configuration file for VM configuration management. The file system may serve this purpose on its own, both providing storage for configuration options, and access separation mechanism.

The top level directory of VMs contains subdirectories, one per VM. Names of directories are as to inform KVM secure wrapper of all KVM options that need to be set, and all actions to be made prior to running KVM. Options are described above (those options users are not allowed to set); actions to be made prior to running KVM are to create one or more tap devices, add them to bridges, assign IP addresses.

The top level directory of VMs also contains symlinks to VM subdirectories, each symlink represents human-readable name of each VM to be used as VM ID known to users and supplied on the KVM secure wrapper's command line.

Each VM subdirectory has access permissions 0x700 and is owned by VM user. The top level directory of VMs has permissions that do not allow users modify (rename) VM subdirectories.

Inside each VM subdirectory, the following files and symlinks are located:




KVM Options Affected

Secure Wrapper

LinuxVirt: KVM_Multiuser_Usage (last edited 2007-06-26 03:03:56 by www)