The Oracle VM Virtual Machine Lifecycle

A virtual machine built with Oracle VM has a number of states that it can exist in. For the purpose of this chapter, I will add an additional state: nonexistent. This state will be used as the starting point and ending point of the lifecycle and describes a state of nothingness, from which the virtual machine is created and where it is returned to after its removal from the system and release of the system resources it utilizes.

From nonexistence, the virtual machine is created, or born, and enters the lifecycle. It may enter many states within the lifecycle before returning to a state of nothingness. This entire process is known as the lifecycle. Managing the lifecycle refers to how users transition between ...

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