Create a virtual machine
Install the VM manifest from the previous section:
kubectl apply -f https://kubevirt.io/labs/manifests/vm.yaml
Check on the virtual machine you just created:
kubectl get vm NAME AGE STATUS READY testvm 17s Stopped False
As mentioned in the previous section, the VM definition here is for a stopped VM. Use virtctl to change the expected state of the VM to running:
Start a virtual machine
virtctl start testvm VM testvm was scheduled to start
Recall that the VirtualMachine manages a VirtualMachineInstance much in the same way that a Deployment manages a set of Pods. Likewise, a VirtualMachineInstance creates a Pod. We can see all those entities with one kubectl get command:
kubectl get vm,vmi,pod NAME AGE STATUS READY virtualmachine.kubevirt.io/testvm 26s Running True NAME AGE PHASE IP NODENAME READY virtualmachineinstance.kubevirt.io/testvm 7s Running 10.42.0.16 ubuntu True NAME READY STATUS RESTARTS AGE pod/virt-launcher-testvm-smlqz 2/2 Running 0 7s
Connect to a virtual machine
With the VM running, you can connect to the serial console using virtctl:
virtctl console testvm
Note that breaking out of the serial console environment requires a ctrl and right square bracket “]” key combination, which may be difficult in some web based practice environments.
Stop and delete a virtual machine
Because Kubernetes works in a reconciliation pattern, shutting down a VirtualMachine from within the OS will not work as intended. KubeVirt will restart the VM if it is found not running. Instead, use virtctl to stop the VM from the outside.
virtctl stop testvm
Note that the running: true/false behavior is not the only way to control the running status of virtual machines in KubeVirt. See the KubeVirt documentation on run strategies for more information.
To delete the VirtualMachine, use kubectl to delete the object just as any Kubernetes resource:
kubectl delete virtualmachine testvm