Virt Manager 0.8 sports new cloning, management wizards

Virtual Machine Manager (virt-manager) has reached release 0.8 which includes a new graphical wizards for cloning disk images adding devices to existing VMs, and a new system tray icon.

Virtual Machine Manager is a desktop app for managing virtual machines. It summarises running VMs and their performance and resource utilisation statistics.

The enhancements that come with virt-manager 0.8.0 include a new “Clone VM” wizard, an improved user interface that includes an overhaul of the main view and a system tray icon for easier VM access and control.

Also new is a wizard for adding serial, parallel and video devices to existing VMs, CPU pinning support, the ability to view and change VM security settings and “many bug fixes and improvements”.

Xen was the first virtualisation hypervisor to be supported by virt-manager but it has also been possible to manage QEMU and KVM guests since libvirt 0.2.0 and virt-manager 0.3.1.

Support for additional hypervisors and virtualisation products will expand as new libvirt drivers are written.

Haydn Solomon has given an example of how disk cloning works on his KVM blog.

Accompanying the virt-manager 0.8 release are new releases of virtinst (0.500.0) and virt-viewer (0.2.0).

Virtual Machine Manager is an open source project sponsored by Red Hat. It is online at

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