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Chapter 4. Installing the virtualization packages

4.1. Installing KVM with a new Fedora installation
4.2. Installing KVM packages on an existing Fedora system
Before you can use virtualization, the virtualization packages must be installed on your computer. Virtualization packages can be installed either during the installation sequence or after installation using the yum command and the Red Hat Network (RHN).
The KVM hypervisor uses the default Fedora kernel with the kvm kernel module.

4.1. Installing KVM with a new Fedora installation

This section covers installing virtualization tools and KVM package as part of a fresh Fedora installation.

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The Fedora 13 Installation Guide (available from covers installing Fedora in detail.
  1. Start an interactive Fedora installation from the Fedora Installation CD-ROM, DVD or PXE.
  2. You must enter a valid installation number when prompted to receive access to the virtualization and other Advanced Platform packages.
  3. Complete the other steps up to the package selection step.
    Select the Virtualization package group and the Customize Now radio button.
  4. Select the KVM package group. Deselect the Virtualization package group. This selects the KVM hypervisor, virt-manager, libvirt and virt-viewer for installation.
  5. Customize the packages (if required)

    Customize the Virtualization group if you require other virtualization packages.
    Press the Close button then the Forward button to continue the installation.
Installing KVM packages with Kickstart files
This section describes how to use a Kickstart file to install Fedora with the KVM hypervisor packages. Kickstart files allow for large, automated installations without a user manually installing each individual system. The steps in this section will assist you in creating and using a Kickstart file to install Fedora with the virtualization packages.
In the %packages section of your Kickstart file, append the following package group:

More information on Kickstart files can be found in the Fedora 13 Installation Guide, available from