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Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager: client access to Virtual Machine console

Simon Coter
Senior Manager, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Product Management

I decided to create this quick blog article on the options available to access Virtual Machine(s) console by Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager.

As you know, with Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager we have the option to open the "Console" for all the Virtual Machines running:

On the console for the Virtual Machine, you have two main different VNC options:

  • Native Client
    • that requires a proper software installed on the client accessing the console
  • noVNC
    • web-based console access

"Native Client" is usually faster, in term of refresh-rate, than the web-based "noVNC" solution, so having the proper software installed on the client can be helpful; mostly if you are working on GUI(s) on both Linux and MS-Windows Virtual Machines.

So, this article has the target to collect and share information on where to get the proper client for each client platform; based on my personal experience, best options available are also what is suggested by the oVirt community and, so:

Virtual Machine Manager - https://virt-manager.org

The virt-manager application is a desktop user interface for managing virtual machines through libvirt. It primarily targets KVM VMs, but also manages Xen and LXC (linux containers). It presents a summary view of running domains, their live performance & resource utilization statistics. Wizards enable the creation of new domains, and configuration & adjustment of a domain’s resource allocation & virtual hardware.

Platforms covered: Linux and MS-Windows

Download available here

The same solution is not natively available for MacOS but a workaround is available and, based on my personal experience, it perfectly works.

Getting virt-manager working on MacOS is quite easy and it just requires to enable brew to then install virt-manager.

A great article with instructions on how-to get virt-manager installed and properly configured on MacOS is available here.

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