I've installed CentOS 6.4 from the 'minimal' iso, so it doesn't come with a GUI. Will this question's answer allow me to install KVM, or do I need to install KDE or X-server or something first?


Yes you can install all these package groups, even without having a GUI.

  • Virtualization
  • Virtualization Client
  • Virtualization Platform
  • Virtualization Tools


Remember that you can ssh into the KVM host and remote display any GUIs such as virt-manager if needed.

Also with the libvirtd service running you can run virt-manager from other hosts and remotely connect to the headless KVM host and manage it too.


Just do the following to install them:

 $ sudo yum groupinstall 'Virtualization*'

Also you can get a list of all the package groups with this command, specifically the 'Virtualization' ones:

$ yum grouplist | grep 'Virt'
   Virtualization Client
   Virtualization Platform
   Virtualization Tools
  • Thanks! I was not aware that you could remote display over ssh without some kind of X-server forwarding. – Kev Jul 10 '13 at 20:04
  • I'm a bit confused though. The Dell guide says, "--graphics none This tells the installer not to launch a VNC window to access the VM's main console. Instead, it will use a text console on the VM's serial port. If you rather use an X window with graphics to install the OS on the VM, omit this parameter." Would I use VNC over ssh to run the Windows installer, or X? I don't have either installed, yet. – Kev Jul 10 '13 at 21:40
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    @Kev - I would run virt-manager on the KVM host and have it remote displayed to your Linux laptop/workstation. Just do this: ssh <kvm server> virt-manager. You should get the virt-manager application running remotely. Remember that X uses the client server kind of backwards, the remote system is the client, your laptop/workstation is the server. – slm Jul 10 '13 at 22:16
  • if I only have a Windows workstation available? (Normally ssh with PuTTY.) Oh, I found this to try, will get back serverfault.com/questions/299462/… – Kev Jul 10 '13 at 22:17
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    @Kev - I'd use this, MobaXterm. – slm Jul 10 '13 at 22:20

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