How to Install and Configure oVirt on Ubuntu 20.04

How to Install and Configure oVirt on Ubuntu 20.04

oVirt is a free and open-source virtualization management platform. oVirt is designed to manage virtual machines, compute, storage, entire enterprise infrastructure, and network resources. oVirt provides the live migration of virtual machines and disks between hosts and storage. It also uses the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) and is built upon libvirt, Gluster, PattenFly, and Ansible as some community projects. Join us with this article to learn How to Install and Configure oVirt on Ubuntu 20.04. Do not miss the hot 2021 offers of Eldernode to purchase the best suitable packages. Buy your own Linux VPS and stay with us!

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To let this tutorial work better, please consider the below Prerequisites:

A non-root user with sudo privileges.

To set up, follow our Initial server setup on Ubuntu 20.04.

Tutorial Install and Configure oVirt on Ubuntu 20.04

oVirt is under GPLV2 License. The oVirt engine backend is written in Java and the fronted is developed with GWT web toolkit. oVirt consists of two basic components, oVirt engine, and oVirt node. The process of oVirt installation on Ubuntu is really easier than you can imagine.

The oVirt Guest Agent provides the information, notifications, and actions between the oVirt web interfaces and the guest. The agent provides Machine Name, Operating System, IP Addresses, Installed Applications, Network, and RAM usage to the web interface. It also provides Single-On so an authenticated user to the web interface does not need to authenticate again when connected to a VM.

Install oVirt Guest agent on Ubuntu 20.04 | Ubuntu 18.04

You are recommended to download oVirt from its official website.

First, update your system by running the command below:

sudo apt -y update

Then, to install oVirt-agent type the following command in the terminal:

sudo apt-get install -y ovirt-guest-agent

In this way, you can install oVirt on your Ubuntu successfully.

How to Configure oVirt on Ubuntu 

Since you are using Ubuntu, the service will automatically be configured to start on boot.

oVirt Dashboard


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How To Uninstall oVirt-guest-agent

If you wish to uninstall oVirt from Ubuntu 20.04, you can use the following command to remove just the ovirt-guest-agent package itself.

sudo apt-get remove ovirt-guest-agent

Also, to uninstall ovirt-guest-agent and its dependencies, run:

sudo apt-get remove --auto-remove ovirt-guest-agent

But if you need to delete your local/config files for ovirt-guest-agent, use the command below. Mind that opposite of the two above ones, purged config/data can not be restored by reinstalling the package.

sudo apt-get purge ovirt-guest-agent
sudo apt-get purge --auto-remove ovirt-guest-agent


In this article, you learned How to Install and Configure oVirt on Ubuntu 20.04. Virtual machines are available in the event of a host failure. You will have integrated management of hosts, storage, and storage. In case you are interested in learning more about Ubuntu, find your required subjects and get in touch with your friends on Community.

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4 thoughts on “How to Install and Configure oVirt on Ubuntu 20.04

  1. My Ubuntu server 20.04 LTS says “E: Unable to locate package ovirt-guest-agent”. Do you mean “sudo apt install qemu-guest-engine”, as described here:

    After that, I’m not really sure how to proceed. Could you perhaps add a bit of detail to the “install ovirt” part? If you go to the website, they recommend an ISO to install a full OS (Node), or adding the ovirt repo and installing with dnf (but that would only work on fedora-like linux systems, right)?

    1. For the solved problem, you must install ovirt-guest-agent package
      Note: Be sure to update the operating system.

  2. Richard, there is no package called “ovirt-guest-agent”.

    This is the output from Ubuntu Server 20.04.3 LTS

    # apt search ovirt
    Sorting… Done
    Full Text Search… Done
    gir1.2-govirt-1.0/focal 0.3.4-3.1 amd64
    GObject introspection data for libgovirt

    libgovirt-common/focal,now 0.3.4-3.1 all [installed,automatic]
    GObject-based library to access oVirt REST API (common files)

    libgovirt-dev/focal 0.3.4-3.1 amd64
    GObject-based library to access oVirt REST API (dev files)

    libgovirt2/focal,now 0.3.4-3.1 amd64 [installed,automatic]
    GObject-based library to access oVirt REST API

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