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CentOS Stream 9 support


Add support for CentOS Stream 9 to oVirt project


Current Status

  • Last updated: Fri Aug 06 2021 Sandro Bonazzola
  • Target release: oVirt 4.5.0
  • Status: design
  • Reference bugs:
    • Bug 1986335 - [RFE] Support hosts based on CentOS Stream 9
    • Bug 1990767 - [RFE] Support oVirt Engine on CentOS Stream 9

Detailed Description

  • CI - Support building oVirt project packages on CentOS Stream 9.
  • CI - Add automation for building and testing oVirt project packages on CentOS Stream 9.
  • Engine: Support clusters with CentOS Stream 9 based hosts.
  • Host: provide oVirt Node based on CentOS Stream 9 and allow provisioning equivalent host based on CentOS Stream 9 or derivatives.
  • Not a goal for this feature but nice to have: oVirt Engine running on CentOS Stream 9 as well.



There are currently no known limitations.

Benefit to oVirt

oVirt will be able to run on top of CentOS Stream 9 and RHEL 9 once it will be available.

Entity Description

In CentOS Stream 9, RHEL 7 emulated machine are going to be unsupported. VDSM should report the host to be not compatible with cluster level < 4.4.


No CRUD operation needed in oVirt Engine.

User Experience

No UX change needed in oVirt Engine.


Both ovirt-engine host/appliance and ovirt-node/hosts will require full re-install when upgrading from CentOS Stream 8 or derivatives.

We are not considering in-place upgrade in this design.

Event Reporting

No event reporting updates needed.

Dependencies not provided by CentOS Stream 9 repositories will be handled either within CentOS Virtualization SIG or within a repository managed by oVirt project.

While CentOS Virtualization SIG is not able to provide packages based on CentOS Stream 9, COPR repo will be used for providing the dependencies.

The ovirt-release-master package will provide the needed repository configuration.

On a plain CentOS Stream 9 system you can enable a preview of the oVirt packages and their dependencies with:

$ sudo dnf copr enable sbonazzo/oVirt_on_CentOS_Stream_9_preview

Please note that COPR provides only x86_64 and aarch64 build roots so ppc64le and s390x builds won’t be available until we can get the needed dependencies on those architectures.

Documentation & External references


  • Running same testing previously executed on CentOS Stream 8 hosts.

Contingency Plan

If we can’t complete CentOS Stream 9 host support, packages won’t be shipped.

Release Notes

oVirt can now be deployed on CentOS Stream 9 and derivatives based hosts.

Open Issues

Newly-discovered issues will be tracked in bugzilla, as dependencies of the tracker Bugs:

  • Bug 1986335 - [RFE] Support hosts based on CentOS Stream 9
  • Bug 1990767 - [RFE] Support oVirt Engine on CentOS Stream 9