Over at developerWorks, M. Tim Jones examines
the libvirt virtualization control API. "From just the small amount of capabilities that I've demonstrated in this article, you can see the power that libvirt provides. And as you can expect, there are a number of applications that are being successfully built on libvirt. One of the interesting applications is virsh (demonstrated here), which is a virtualization shell. There's also virt-install, which can be used to provision new domains from operating system distributions. The utility virt-clone can be used to clone a VM from another VM (covering both operating system and disk replication). Some of the higher-level applications include virt-manager, which is a general-purpose desktop-management tool, and virt-viewer, which is a lightweight tool for securely attaching to the graphical console of VMs.
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