The oVirt Project is excited to announce the availability of the first Release Candidate of oVirt 4.4.0 for testing, as of May 6th, 2020

This release unleashes an altogether more powerful and flexible open source virtualization solution that encompasses hundreds of individual changes and a wide range of enhancements across the engine, storage, network, user interface, and analytics on top of oVirt 4.3.

Important notes before you try it

Please note this is a pre-release build.

The oVirt Project makes no guarantees as to its suitability or usefulness.

This pre-release must not to be used in production.

Some of the features included in oVirt 4.4.0 Release Candidate require content that will be available in CentOS Linux 8.2 but can’t be tested on RHEL 8.2 beta yet due to some incompatibility in openvswitch package shipped in CentOS Virt SIG which requires to rebuild openvswitch on top of CentOS 8.2.

Installation instructions

For the engine: either use appliance or:

- Install CentOS Linux 8 minimal from

- dnf install

- dnf update (reboot if needed)

- dnf module enable -y javapackages-tools pki-deps postgresql:12

- dnf install ovirt-engine

- engine-setup

For the nodes:

Either use oVirt Node ISO or:

- Install CentOS Linux 8 from ; select minimal installation

- dnf install

- dnf update (reboot if needed)

- Attach the host to engine and let it be deployed.

What’s new in oVirt 4.4.0 Release Candidate?

This release is available now on x86_64 architecture for:

* Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1

* CentOS Linux (or similar) 8.1

This release supports Hypervisor Hosts on x86_64 and ppc64le architectures for:

* Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1

* CentOS Linux (or similar) 8.1

* oVirt Node 4.4 based on CentOS Linux 8.1 (available for x86_64 only)

See the release notes [1] for installation instructions and a list of new features and bugs fixed.

If you manage more than one oVirt instance, OKD or RDO we also recommend to try ManageIQ.

In such a case, please be sure  to take the qc2 image and not the ova image.


- oVirt Appliance is already available for CentOS Linux 8

- oVirt Node NG is already available for CentOS Linux 8

Additional Resources:

* Read more about the oVirt 4.4.0 release highlights:

* Get more oVirt project updates on Twitter:

* Check out the latest project news on the oVirt blog:




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