Centralized Virt-Manager

Dung Do
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I am using virt-manager to create VMs on each Linux host. In order to access the VMs, I have to open up virt-viewer on each host. Is there a tool that I can use to consolidate all of the VMs into the same GUI console so I can view and use them easier?
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Tip: Sounds like you've just begun using virtualization. If container speed + density are important to you, compare KVN + LXD before you get to far down the road of building infrastructure...

https://blog.ubuntu.com/2015/05/18/lxd-crushes-kvm-in-density-and-speed provides some good info to consider.

KVM: Managing Virtual Machines Remotely with Virt-manager provides a good overview on managing many remote machines using virt-manager.

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David - I should reword my question into: is there a tool that I can use to consolidate all of the VMs on all of the hosts in my network into the same GUI console?
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See the YouTube video link above for how to have virt-manager work with remote VMs.

Note: There is no... auto discovery mechanism with virt-manager or LXD either, although LXD (to me) is far easier for managing many machines all with many containers.

Go through the YouTube video as a starting point for getting this working.
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The libvirtd can be setup for remote access.  (It can use mDNS to announce it's presence, also needs to be configured).
Either using TLS (with a non-selfsigned certificate,...) or using plain TCP with authentication using SASL ...
Check the /etc/libvirtd.conf file for details.   (  https://linux.die.net/man/8/libvirtd )

Virt-manager (or qt5-virt-manager)   can then connect to the libvirtd server, which can provide access to virt-viewer or qt5-remote-viewer.

See also:  https://libvirt.org/remote.html

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