April 14, 2014

How To Configure KVM Virtual Machine Network


Here I will configure a KVM host with virtual machines to be accessible from a local network.

This can be achieved in two ways by configure on KVM host machine:

  • A network bridge
  • Configure iptables as a router, which will forward traffic to virtual machines.

The easiest way is to use a network bridge, since then both desktop and virtual machines will be on the same subnet.


Here we will configure the KVM host machine network configuration, manually, so we start by disable the NetworkManager

KVM Host Network Bridge Configuration


Above we have disabled NetworkManager (NM_CONTROLLED=no) and is using a Bridge.


Above have we configured a static IP (BOOTPROTO=none) and assigned IP, Gateway and DNS.

KVM Host iptables

Since we are not using the second alternative with routing, the KVM host machines iptables configuration is the same as default.

After editing/creating files you might need to restore SELinux security contexts.

And finally restart network on KVM host

Virtual Macines Network Configuration

The last part is to configure the virtual machine network. This is easiest achieved with the virt-manager.

For an existing virtual machine.

And for a new.

Inside the Virtual Machine

Inside the virtual machine you can configure either a static IP or a dynamic one. The easiest way is to use the tool system-config-network-tui.


And finally test to ping the virtual machine (virtual1) from the desktop.


March 27, 2014

Fedora 20 Better Theme

The default theme (Adwaita) that Fedora 20 is shipped is not the best. And beside it has a large window border at the top of each window. A better theme that exists in default rpm repo is greybird. To install

and to change use gnome-tweak-tool (rpm package gnome-tweak-tool)

March 26, 2014

Fedora 20 Install MySQL Server 5.5 and Workbench 6

MySQL Server 5.5

The MySQL packages has been renamed. The now official open source version of MySQL is MariaDB. To install the same version of MySQL on Fedora as in Enterprise Linux, such as RHEL, install these packages.

To start the mysqld.

Set MySQL root password to 'root'.

Finally login and test password.

MySQL Workbench 6

The workbench rpm is orphan, so you need to download and install it manually. http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/tools/workbench/

Little bit of searching for installing dependeny packages, with 'yum provides', e.g.

And finally ending up with all required packages.

Then run install of workbench again and start workbench and connect to you localhost.

Fedora 20 How to Install Eclipse

Before Eclipse started with bundling Eclipse into EE, C++, etc bundles. There were pain to install Eclipse and to get all it's plugins right. Then the bundles came. You download a zip file and unzipped and off you go.

But a better way is to have RPM packages of everything. And that is done with Fedora. (That is also done in Ubuntu, but they don't have any modern version of Eclipse available.)

To install Eclipse 4.3.1 (Kepler)

Now you can search and install Eclipse plugin

Fedora 20 Disable Gnome Alt+Tab from Grouping Windows

Most modern Linux distros (and including Windows) now days group window from the same application. I found this not effective and lowers mine productivity.

To disable grouping when Alt-Tab switching, install gnome extension https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/15/alternatetab/

March 20, 2014

Install and Configure KVM on Fedora 20


To manage the KVM daemon - libvirtd.

Imported directories.

  • Data - /var/lib/libvirt/
  • Configuration - /etc/libvirt/

Graphical manager, to install new virtual machines and control them.

Or the command line way.

And to control the virtual machines, via command line.

March 16, 2014

HTTP Configure LDAP-Based Authentication

In my previous blog I showed you how to set up basic authentication via access file for a private directory. To do the same thing for LDAP, use this configuration instead.