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Virtual Machine Manager News

Release 1.5.0 (February 06, 2018)

  • python3 prep work (Radostin Stoyanov, Cole Robinson, Cédric Bosdonnat)
  • Switch --location ISO to use isoinfo (Andrew Wong)
  • virt-install: add --cpu numa distance handling (Menno Lageman)
  • virt-install: fix --disk for rbd volumes with auth (Rauno Väli)
  • virt-install: add --cputune vcpupin handling (Wim ten Have)
  • details ui: Showing attached scsi devices per controller (Lin Ma)
  • network ui: Show details about SR-IOV VF pool (Lin Ma)
  • Greatly expand UI test suite coverage

Release 1.4.3 (September 19, 2017)

  • Improve install of debian/ubuntu non-x86 media (Viktor Mihajlovski, Andrew Wong)
  • New virt-install --graphics listen.* (Pavel Hrdina)
  • New virt-install --disk snapshot_policy= (Pavel Hrdina)
  • New virt-install --cpu cache.* (Lin Ma)
  • Several bug fixes

Release 1.4.2 (August 08, 2017)

  • New VM wizard virt-bootstrap integration (Radostin Stoyanov)
  • New VM wizard support for virtuozzo containers (Mikhail Feoktistov)
  • network UI: add support to create SR-IOV VF pool (Lin Ma)
  • Nicer OS list in New VM wizard (Pino Toscano)
  • Better defaults for UEFI secureboot builds (Pavel Hrdina)
  • Fix defaults for aarch64 VMs if graphics are requested
  • virt-install: new --memdev option (Pavel Hrdina)
  • virt-install: add --disk logical/physical_block_size (Yuri Arabadji)
  • virt-install: add --features hyperv_reset=, hyperv_synic= (Venkat Datta N H)

Release 1.4.1 (March 08, 2017)

  • storage/nodedev event API support (Jovanka Gulicoska)
  • UI options for enabling spice GL (Marc-André Lureau)
  • Add default virtio-rng /dev/urandom for supported guest OS
  • Cloning and rename support for UEFI VMs (Pavel Hrdina)
  • libguestfs inspection UI improvements (Pino Toscano)
  • virt-install: Add --qemu-commandline
  • virt-install: Add --network vhostuser (Chen Hanxiao)
  • virt-install: Add --sysinfo (Charles Arnold)

Release 1.4.0 (June 18, 2016)

  • virt-manager: spice GL console support (Marc-André Lureau, Cole Robinson)
  • Bump gtk and pygobject deps to 3.14
  • virt-manager: add checkbox to forget keyring password (Pavel Hrdina)
  • cli: add --graphics gl= (Marc-André Lureau)
  • cli: add --video accel3d= (Marc-André Lureau)
  • cli: add --graphics listen=none (Marc-André Lureau)
  • cli: add --transient flag (Richard W.M. Jones)
  • cli: --features gic= support, and set a default for it (Pavel Hrdina)
  • cli: Expose --video heads, ram, vram, vgamem
  • cli: add --graphics listen=socket
  • cli: add device address.type/address.bus/...
  • cli: add --disk seclabelX.model (and .label, .relabel)
  • cli: add -cpu cellX.id (and .cpus, and .memory)
  • cli: add --network rom_bar= and rom_file=
  • cli: add --disk backing_format=
  • Many bug fixes and improvements

Release 1.3.2 (December 24, 2015)

  • Fix dependency issues with vte

Release 1.3.1 (December 06, 2015)

  • Fix command line API on RHEL7 pygobject

Release 1.3.0 (November 24, 2015)

  • Git hosting moved to http://github.com/virt-manager/virt-manager
  • Switch translation infrastructure from transifex to fedora.zanata.org
  • Add dogtail UI tests and infrastructure
  • Improved support for s390x kvm (Kevin Zhao)
  • virt-install and virt-manager now remove created disk images if VM install startup fails
  • Replace urlgrabber usage with requests and urllib2
  • virt-install: add --network virtualport support for openvswitch (Daniel P. Berrange)
  • virt-install: support multiple --security labels
  • virt-install: support --features kvm_hidden=on|off (Pavel Hrdina)
  • virt-install: add --features pmu=on|off
  • virt-install: add --features pvspinlock=on|off (Abhijeet Kasurde)
  • virt-install: add --events on_lockfailure=on|off (Abhijeet Kasurde)
  • virt-install: add --network link_state=up|down
  • virt-install: add --vcpu placement=static|auto

Release 1.2.1 (June 06, 2015)

  • Bugfix release
  • Fix connecting to older libvirt versions (Michał Kępień)
  • Fix connecting to VM console with non-IP hostname (Giuseppe Scrivano)
  • Fix addhardware/create wizard errors when a nodedev disappears
  • Fix adding a second cdrom via customize dialog

Release 1.2.0 (May 04, 2015)

  • OVMF/AAVMF Support (Laszlo Ersek, Giuseppe Scrivano, Cole Robinson)
  • Improved support for AArch64 qemu/kvm
  • virt-install: Support --disk type=network parameters
  • virt-install: Make --disk just work
  • virt-install: Add --disk sgio= option (Giuseppe Scrivano)
  • addhardware: default to an existing bus when adding a new disk (Giuseppe Scrivano)
  • virt-install: Add --input device option
  • virt-manager: Unify storagebrowser and storage details functionality
  • virt-manager: allow setting a custom connection row name
  • virt-install: Support --hostdev scsi passthrough
  • virt-install: Fill in a bunch of --graphics spice options
  • Disable spice image compression for new local VMs
  • virt-manager: big reworking of the migration dialog

Release 1.1.0 (September 07, 2014)

  • Switch to libosinfo as OS metadata database (Giuseppe Scrivano)
  • Use libosinfo for OS detection from CDROM media labels (Giuseppe Scrivano)
  • Use libosinfo for improved OS defaults, like recommended disk size (Giuseppe Scrivano)
  • virt-image tool has been removed, as previously announced
  • Enable Hyper-V enlightenments for Windows VMs
  • Revert virtio-console default, back to plain serial console
  • Experimental q35 option in new VM 'customize' dialog
  • UI for virtual network QoS settings (Giuseppe Scrivano)
  • virt-install: --disk discard= support (Jim Minter)
  • addhardware: Add spiceport UI (Marc-André Lureau)
  • virt-install: --events on_poweroff etc. support (Chen Hanxiao)
  • cli:--network portgroup= support and UI support
  • cli:--boot initargs= and UI support
  • addhardware: allow setting controller model (Chen Hanxiao)
  • virt-install: support setting hugepage options (Chen Hanxiao)

Release 1.0.1 (March 22, 2014)

  • virt-install/virt-xml: New --memorybacking option (Chen Hanxiao)
  • virt-install/virt-xml: New --memtune option (Chen Hanxiao)
  • virt-manager: UI for LXC <idmap> (Chen Hanxiao)
  • virt-manager: gsettings key to disable keygrab (Kjö Hansi Glaz)
  • virt-manager: Show domain state reason in the UI (Giuseppe Scrivano)
  • Fix a number of bugs found since the 1.0.0 release

Release 1.0.0 (February 14, 2014)

  • virt-manager: Snapshot support
  • New tool virt-xml: Edit libvirt XML in one shot from the command line
  • Improved defaults: qcow2, USB2, host CPU model, guest agent channel,...
  • Introspect command line options like --disk=? or --network=help
  • The virt-image tool will be removed before the next release, speak up if you have a good reason not to remove it.
  • virt-manager: Support arm vexpress VM creation
  • virt-manager: Add guest memory usage graphs (Thorsten Behrens)
  • virt-manager: UI for editing <filesystem> devices (Cédric Bosdonnat)
  • Spice USB redirection support (Guannan Ren)
  • <tpm> UI and command line support (Stefan Berger)
  • <rng> UI and command line support (Giuseppe Scrivano)
  • <panic> UI and command line support (Chen Hanxiao)
  • <blkiotune> command line support (Chen Hanxiao)
  • virt-manager: support for glusterfs storage pools (Giuseppe Scrivano)
  • cli: New options --memory, --features, --clock, --metadata, --pm
  • Greatly improve app responsiveness when connecting to remote hosts
  • Lots of UI cleanup and improvements

Release 0.10.0 (June 19, 2013)

  • Merged code with python-virtinst. virtinst is no longer public
  • Port from GTK2 to GTK3 (Daniel Berrange, Cole Robinson)
  • Port from gconf to gsettings
  • Port from autotools to python distutils
  • Remove virt-manager-tui
  • Remove HAL support
  • IPv6 and static route virtual network support (Gene Czarcinski)
  • virt-install: Add --cpu host-passthrough (Ken ICHIKAWA, Hu Tao)

Release 0.9.5 (April 01, 2013)

  • Enable adding virtio-scsi disks (Chen Hanxiao)
  • Support security auto-relabel setting (Martin Kletzander)
  • Support disk iotune settings (David Shane Holden)
  • Support 'reset' as a reboot option (John Doyle)
  • Bug fixes and minor improvements

Release 0.9.4 (July 29, 2012)

  • Fix VNC keygrab issues

Release 0.9.3 (July 09, 2012)

  • Fix broken release tar.gz of version 0.9.2

Release 0.9.2 (July 09, 2012)

  • Convert to gtkbuilder: UI can now be edited with modern glade tool
  • virt-manager no longer runs on RHEL5, but can manage a remote RHEL5 host
  • Option to configure spapr net and disk devices for pseries (Li Zhang)
  • Many bug fixes and improvements

Release 0.9.1 (January 31, 2012)

  • Support for adding usb redirection devices (Marc-André Lureau)
  • Option to switch usb controller to support usb2.0 (Marc-André Lureau)
  • Option to specify machine type for non-x86 guests (Li Zhang)
  • Support for filesystem device type and write policy (Deepak C Shetty)
  • Many bug fixes!

Release 0.9.0 (July 26, 2011)

  • Use a hiding toolbar for fullscreen mode
  • Use libguestfs to show guest packagelist and more (Richard W.M. Jones)
  • Basic 'New VM' wizard support for LXC guests
  • Remote serial console access (with latest libvirt)
  • Remote URL guest installs (with latest libvirt)
  • Add Hardware: Support <filesystem> devices
  • Add Hardware: Support <smartcard> devices (Marc-André Lureau)
  • Enable direct interface selection for qemu/kvm (Gerhard Stenzel)
  • Allow viewing and changing disk serial number

Release 0.8.7 (March 24, 2011)

  • Allow renaming an offline VM
  • Spice password support (Marc-André Lureau)
  • Allow editting NIC <virtualport> settings (Gerhard Stenzel)
  • Allow enabling/disabling individual CPU features
  • Allow easily changing graphics type between VNC and SPICE for existing VM
  • Allow easily changing network source device for existing VM

Release 0.8.6 (Jan 14, 2011)

  • SPICE support (requires spice-gtk) (Marc-André Lureau)
  • Option to configure CPU model
  • Option to configure CPU topology
  • Save and migration cancellation (Wen Congyang)
  • Save and migration progress reporting
  • Option to enable bios boot menu
  • Option to configure direct kernel/initrd boot

Release 0.8.5 (August 24, 2010)

  • Improved save/restore support
  • Option to view and change disk cache mode
  • Configurable VNC keygrab sequence (Michal Novotny)

Release 0.8.4 (March 24, 2010)

  • 'Import' install option, to create a VM around an existing OS image
  • Support multiple boot devices and boot order
  • Watchdog device support
  • Enable setting a human readable VM description.
  • Option to manually specifying a bridge name, if bridge isn't detected

Release 0.8.3 (February 8th, 2010)

  • New ability to manage network interfaces: start, stop, and view existing interfaces. Provision new bridge, bond, and vlan devices.
  • New option to 'customize VM before install', which allows adjusting most VM options from the install wizard.

Release 0.8.2 (December 14th, 2009)

This is largely a bug fix release. The following important bugs were fixed:

  • Right click in the manager window operates on the clicked row, NOT the last selected row. This could cause an admin to accidentally shut down the wrong machine.
  • Running virt-manager on a new machine / user account no longer produces a traceback.

Additionally, there is one new feature:

  • Allow ejecting and connecting floppy media

Release 0.8.1 (December 3rd, 2009)

  • VM Migration wizard, exposing various migration options
  • Enumerate CDROM and bridge devices on remote connections
  • Can once again list multiple graphs in main manager window (Jon Nordby)
  • Support disabling dhcp (Michal Novotny), and specifying 'routed' type for new virtual networks
  • Support storage pool source enumeration for LVM, NFS, and SCSI
  • Allow changing VM ACPI, APIC, clock offset, individual vcpu pinning, and video model (vga, cirrus, etc.)
  • Many improvements and bugfixes

Release 0.8.0 (July 28th, 2009)

This release includes:

  • New 'Clone VM' Wizard
  • Improved UI, including an overhaul of the main 'manager' view
  • System tray icon for easy VM access (start, stop, view console/details)
  • Wizard for adding serial, parallel, and video devices to existing VMs.
  • CPU pinning support (Michal Novotny)
  • Ability to view and change VM security (sVirt) settings (Dan Walsh)
  • Many bug fixes and improvements

Release 0.7.0 (March 9th, 2009)

This release includes:

  • Redesigned 'New Virtual Machine' wizard (Jeremy Perry, Tim Allen, Cole Robinson)
  • Option to remove storage when deleting a virtual machine.
  • File browser for libvirt storage pools and volumes, for use when attaching storage to a new or existing guest.
  • Physical device assignment (PCI, USB) for existing virtual machines.
  • Bug fixes and minor improvements.

Release 0.6.1 (January 26th, 2009)

This release includes:

  • VM disk and network stats reporting (Guido Gunther)
  • VM Migration support (Shigeki Sakamoto)
  • Support for adding sound devices to an existing VM
  • Enumerate host devices attached to an existing VM
  • Allow specifying a device model when adding a network device to an existing VM
  • Combine the serial console view with the VM Details window
  • Allow connection to multiple VM serial consoles
  • Bug fixes and many minor improvements.

Release 0.6.0 (September 10th, 2008)

This release includes:

  • Remote storage management and provisioning: View, add, remove, and provision libvirt managed storage. Attach managed storage to a remote VM.
  • Remote VM installation support: Install from managed media (cdrom) or PXE. Simple install time storage provisioning.
  • VM details and console windows merged: each VM is now represented by a single tabbed window.
  • Use Avahi to list libvirtd instances on network
  • Hypervisor Autoconnect: Option to connect to hypervisor at virt-manager start up.
  • Option to add sound device emulation when creating new guests.
  • Virtio and USB options when adding a disk device.
  • Allow viewing and removing VM sound, serial, parallel, and console devices.
  • Specifying a specific keymap when adding display device.
  • Keep app running if manager window is closed by VM window is still open.
  • Allow limiting amount of stored stats history
  • Numerous bug fixes and minor improvements.

Release 0.5.4

This release focuses on minor feature enhancement and bug fixes. Using the new GTK-VNC accelerated scaling support, the guest console window can be smoothly resized to fill the screen. The SSH username is passed through to the VNC console when tunnelling. Adding bridged network devices is fixed. Support for all libvirt authentication methods is enabled including Kerberos and PolicyKit. Solaris portability fix for the text console. Support for detecting bonding and VLAN devices for attaching guest NICs. Allow fullvirt guests to install off kernel and initrd as well as existing CDROM methods. Fix invocation of DBus methods to use an interface. Allow setting of autostart flag, and changing boot device ordering. Control the new VM wizard based on declared hypervisor capabilities.

Release 0.5.3

This is a bug fix release. The sizing of the VNC window is fixed for screens where the physical size is less than the guest screen size. The 'new vm' button is switched back to its old (more obvious style/ placement). Restore of VMs is working again for local connections. A menu for sending special key sequences to the guest is added. Lots of other misc bug fixes

Release 0.5.2

This is a bug fix release. Some broken menu items are hooked up again. The rounding of memory values is fixed. Re-connecting to the VNC display is fixed. Blocking of GTK accelerators is re-introduced when VNC is active. Scrollbars on the VNC widget are re-introduced if the console is close to the maximum local screensize. One new VM wizard is enabled per connection. Hardware device details are immediately refreshed after changes. Ability to add/remove display and input devices is enabled.

Release 0.5.1

This release improves upon the remote management capabilities. It can now tunnel connections to the VNC server over SSH. It avoids prompting for SSH passwords on the console. Handling of VNC connections & retries is made more robust. There is support for changing CDROM media on the fly (requires suitably updated libvirt). There is ability to PXE boot install fullyvirtualized guests. Connetions to hypervisors are opened in the background to avoid blocking the whole UI.

Release 0.5.0

This release introduces the ability to manage multiple remote machines, using either SSH+public keys, or TLS+x509 certificates to connect and authenticate. The main user interface is re-worked to show multiple hosts in a tree view, remebering connections across restarts. It is not currently possible to create new guests with a remote host connection. This capability will be added in a future release. The guest VNC console implementation has been replaced with the GTK-VNC widget for greatly improved performance and increased feature set. Other miscellaneous bug fixes and feature enhancements are also included.

Release 0.4.0

This release introduces major new functionality. There is new UI for the creation & management of virtual networks using the new libvirt networking APIs. The guest creation wizard can now attach VMs to a virtual network or shared physical devices. The initial connection dialog is no longer shown, either a QEMU or Xen connection is automatically opened based on host kernel capabilities. For existing guests there is support for the addition and removal of both disk & network devices (hot-add/remove too if supported by the virtualization platform being used - eg Xen paravirt). The keymap for guest VNC server is automatically set based on the local keymap to assist people using non-English keyboard layouts. There is improved error reporting for a number of critical operations such as starting guests / connecting to the hypervisor.

Release 0.3.2

The release introduces online help for all windows / dialogs in the application, to explain usage & operation of key functions. Auto-popup of consoles was fixed for existing inactive domains. Additional control operations are available on the right-click menu in the VM list. A handful of other minor bug fixes are also applied.

Release 0.3.1

This release introduces support for managing QEMU / KVM virtual machines using the new libvirt QEMU driver backend. This requires a new libvirt (at least 0.2.0) to enable the QEMU driver. It also requires an install of the virtinst package of at least version 0.101.0 to support QEMU. The dual cursor problem is worked around by grabbing the mouse pointer upon first button press (release with Ctrl+Alt). The progress bar display when creating new VMs has had its appearance tweaked. The new VM creation wizard also allows the user to specify the type of guest OS being installed. This will allow the setup of virtual hardware to be optimized for the needs of specific guest OS.

Release 0.3.0

This release brings a major functionality update, enabling management of inactive domains. This requires a new libvirt (at least 0.1.11) to provide implementations of inactive domain management for Xen 3.0.3 and Xen 3.0.4. With this new functionality the display will list all guests which are in the 'shutoff' state. The guest can be started with the 'Run' button in the virtual console window. The vistinst package must also be updated to at least version 0.100.0 to ensure that during provisioning of guests it uses the new inactive domain management APIs. Finally there have been a variety of minor UI fixes & enhancements such as progress bars during guest creation, reliability fixes to the virtual console and even greater coverage for translations.

Release 0.2.6

The release focus has been on major bug fixing. This is also the first release in which (partial) translations are available for the UI in approximately 20 languages - thanks to the Fedora i18n team for excellent progress on this. It is now possible to control the virt-manager UI with command line arguments as well as the DBus API & it DBus activation is no longer used by default which fixes interaction with GNOME keyring & AT-SPI accesibility. Numerous UI issues were fixed / clarified, particularly in the graphical console and new VM creation wizard.

Release 0.1.4

  • Integration with GNOME keyring for the VNC console to avoid need to remember passwords when accessing the guest domain's console
  • Use cairo to rendered a '50% alpha gray wash' over the screenshot to give appearance of a 'dimmed' display when paused. Also render the word 'paused' in big letters.
  • Initial cut of code for saving domain snapshots to disk
  • Added icons for buttons which were missing graphics
  • Miscellaneous RPM spec file fixes to comply with rpmlint
  • Update status icons to match those in the gnome-applet-vm
  • Added domain ID and # VCPUs to summary view
  • Misc bug fixes

Release 0.1.3

  • Fixed DBus service activation & general brokenness
  • Added a display of virtual CPU count in summary page
  • Fixed alignment of status label in details page
  • Make hardware config panel resizeable
  • Switch detailed graph rendering to use sparkline code
  • Switch to use filled sparkline graphs

Release 0.1.2

  • First public release