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KVM Virtualization Cookbook by Konstantin Ivanov

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Running virtual machines with qemu-system-*

In this recipe, we are going to demonstrate how to start virtual machines with QEMU. QEMU provides binaries that can emulate different CPU architectures using either custom or prebuilt images for the guest OS.

If you completed the Installing and configuring QEMU recipe, you should have a host that contains the following binaries:

root@kvm:~# ls -la /usr/bin/qemu-system-*-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 8868848 Jan 25 12:49 /usr/bin/qemu-system-aarch64-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 7020544 Jan 25 12:49 /usr/bin/qemu-system-alpha-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 8700784 Jan 25 12:49 /usr/bin/qemu-system-arm-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 3671488 Jan 25 12:49 /usr/bin/qemu-system-cris-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 8363680 Jan 25 12:49 /usr/bin/qemu-system-i386 ...

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