KVM Install Guide
Table of Contents
- Basic Install
- Individual Install Guides
- Known Issues/Informational
- Realtek Virtual NIC
- Intel E1000 NIC Drivers
- Pagefile/Swap Disclaimer
- Poor Disk Performance
Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) is a virtual machine implementation using the operating system's kernel. This often allows for greater performance than when using virtual machine solutions which rely on user-space drivers.
Upon provisioning of your VPS, all KVM based VPS are ISO only installs of the OS. You must login to your client area Control Panel to manage your VPS and change the ISO to your desired OS then install it yourself.
Please keep in mind that as with all our products, our KVM comes without any support or management: if you are unable to install your own OS please open a ticket to the support department to request OS installation.
- Log in to the your client area.
- Click on “view details” next to the VPS you wish to set up
- Click on “Stop/Shutdown”
- Click on “Reinstall”
- Choose which ISO you would like to use
- Change “Boot Order” to ”(1) CDROM (2) Hard Disk)” then click reinstall
- Click on “Boot/Reboot”
- Click on “VNC”
- Use the resulting Java window to complete a standard install of your operating system.
- Click on “Reinstall”
- Click on “None”
- Change “Boot Order” to “Hard Disk only”
- Enjoy your VPS!
Please note that all Linux CDs are netinstall only.
- Arch Linux
- Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 11.04
- vyatta 6.2
- CentOS (5 and 6 require 256mb minimum memory for text-base installs)
- Windows 2003 (note: 256mb recommended.) Discontinued
- Note: 128MB images are also available
- Fedora 15
- OpenSUSE 11.4
- Backtrack 5
- Scientific 6.1
- Windows 2008/2012
- Note: 128/256MB images are also available
If you don' see the ISO you desire please open a support ticket and request it please include direct http url if possible.
Please set reasonable Pagefile/Swap sizes as excessive IO caused by abusing these will result in suspension, repeated abuse will result in termination without credit nor refund.
You may be unsatisfied or have noticed poor I/O performance due to the fact that all KVM based VPS are provisioned with ide based disks by default, this is required as not all OS play well with the VIRTIO BUS, namely windows. You can freely switch between IDE and VIRTIO via the control panel, please be sure to install the drivers before switching to VIRTIO on windows as your OS will fail to boot without them until you switch back to IDE.
Please keep in mind that there are no drivers for FreeBSD at this time and you must rely on IDE if you wish to use this OS.
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