Question - if oVirt goes down... do the ovirt-nodes
and VMs remain up?
Keith, how would you set yourself up with these specs:
2 host servers (quad-core xeons with 32gigs of ram)
Are you saying that you only have 2 machines in total, or that you
have 2 machines that can be dedicated hypervisors (ie. ovirt-node)
and a third machine that can be a dedicated manager?
If the former then one machine must run some version of *nix
compatible with oVirt Manager and, the other machine in this
scenario can simply run ovirt-node.
If the latter, then you have 1 box dedicated as a manager and 2
boxes as dedicated hypervisors. This is a fairly basic/good setup.
1 iSCSI NAS
Starting to think there is no way to achieve HA with this setup?
Not with only 2 boxes. No.
oVirt requires a dedicated machine?
Generally, speaking. Yes.
Truly HA setups aren't cheap and people often have different ideas
of what constitutes HA. Offhand I would think that you would
- 2 boxes for the oVirt manager
- Clustering software for the manager to facilitate an
- UPSs (at *least* 2) which can be controlled by clustering
software. Why? Most clustering SW require a fence device. These
will be your fence devices.
- 2 boxes for your hypervisors (ie. ovirt-nodes). This will
facilitate fail-over from one node to the other.
HA isn't cheap and can't usually be done on 2 boxes, IMO unless
you're failing over a single app.
PS. Could oVirt be integrated into ovirt-node on every server?
I have oVirt running in a VM off my Desktop (Fedora 17
w/ KVM & Virt-Manager) off my iSCSI NAS.
I've attached Server #1 as my first host (it's running
In the process of setting up my storage domains. I have
a few questions to the experts out there:
1) How do I add my CD .ISOs to setup new VMs? Create
iSCSI storage domain? But then how do I copy my ISOs to
Create an ISO storage domain and use the ovirt-iso-uploader
to add your ISOs and .vfd files into that domain.
2) Can I run my oVirt VM from ovirt-node machine,
without running it in oVirt (ie. setup iSCSI in
virt-manager (as it is now) and run oVirt from
virt-manager... then I can manage my hosts through that
Huh? You could run the oVirt Manager from a VM managed by
virt-manager... yes. Running the oVirt manager inside a VM
on a hypervisor (ie. ovirt-node) controlled by that same
manager isn't supported AFAIK because the mgr. could get
To summarize, you can pretty much run the oVirt manager on
any supported OS as long as that OS instance isn't running
on a hypervisor (ie. ovirt-node) controlled by *that*
If you haven't noticed the vocabulary to describe the
various components can get a little confusing. ;)
Not sure if I'm making myself clear... but I'm making
progress. I think as long as you are not managing your
oVirt vm through oVirt itself, the solution should work
fine! Just trying to see if I can get that done on an
I was under the impression that
my oVirt VM would show up in oVirt and that
I could manage it through there...
What you're saying is that I should just
run it seperatly and not manage it with
itself (oVirt)? keep it on my shared storage
so that I can run it off any of the 2
servers? But not manage it with oVirt
(itself). I think I'm starting to get it
I really appreciate your help!
Nic, how did you make out with this? I'm
looking to do the same thing and am wondering if
there is any risk in running the engine on a VM
managed by the same engine, as you were
suggesting before. Did you give this a shot?