oVirt Blog

oVirt 4.2 Is Now Generally Available

We are delighted to announce the general availability of oVirt 4.2, as of December 19, 2017, for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4, CentOS Linux 7.4, or similar.

oVirt 4.2 is an altogether more powerful and flexible open source virtualization solution. The release is a major milestone for the project, encompassing over 1000 individual changes and a wide range of enhancements spanning storage, network, engine, user interface, and analytics.

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LVM Configuration the Easy Way

Now oVirt features a simple way to prevent a host from scanning and then activating logical volumes that are not required directly by the host. In particular, the solution addresses logical volumes on shared storage managed by oVirt, and logical volumes created by a guest in oVirt raw volumes. Why is a solution required? Because scanning and activating other logical volumes may cause data corruption, slow boot, and other issues.

The solution is configuring an LVM filter on each host, which allows LVM on a host to scan only the logical volumes required directly by the host. To achieve this, we have introduced a vdsm-tool command, config-lvm-filter, that will configure the host for you.

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Engine XML Brings a Smoother Flow of Data Into oVirt

on November 8, oVirt 4.2 saw the introduction of an important behind-the-scenes enhancement.

The change is associated with the exchange of information between the engine and the VDSM. It addresses the issue of multiple abstraction layers, with each layer needing to convert its input into a suitably readable format in order to report to the next layer.

This change improves data communication between the engine and Libvirt - the tool that manages platform virtualization.

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Setting up multiple networks is going to be much faster in oVirt 4.2

Assume you have an oVirt cluster with hundreds of VM networks. Now you add a new host to the cluster. In order for it to move to the Operational state, it must have all required networks attached to it. The easiest way to do it is to attach networks to a label, and then place that label on a NIC of the added host. However, if there are too many networks, Engine could fail to setup them all at once. This is caused by a slow VDSM setupNetworks call that is not able to finish within the 180 seconds long vdsTimeout of Engine.

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Introducing oVirt 4.2.0 Beta

On October 31st, the oVirt project released version 4.2.0 Beta, available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4, CentOS Linux 7.4, or similar.

Since the release of oVirt 4.2.0 Alpha a month ago, a substantial number of stabilization fixes have been introduced.

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2018 FOSDEM & DEVCONF Events - Call for Proposals

On behalf of oVirt and the Xen Project, we are excited to announce that the call for proposals is now open for the Virtualization & IaaS devroom at the upcoming FOSDEM 2018.

This year will mark FOSDEM’s 18th anniversary as one of the longest-running free and open source software developer events, attracting thousands of developers and users from all over the world. FOSDEM will take place in Brussels, Belgium, February 3 & 4, 2018.

Also coming up is DEVCOM, The 10th annual, free community conference for developers, admins, and users of free and open source Linux, JBoss technologies. DEVCONF will take place in Brno, Czech Republic, January 26-28, 2018.

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