Monthly Archives: September 2014 - Page 2


Why can’t I seem to remember that I seem to need remote-viewer for two-headed VM’s? URL format: spice://host:port — for me that means localhost:5900. Need coffee…

The Qemu adventure continues

The PPA didn’t do so well on my notebook — or at least with my Windows Guest VM. It now reboots in a continuous loop. I can start it with the qemu that I previously compiled, but not with the PPA version. May try installing a Linux guest and see if it works with the one out of the PPA. That is really the only type of guest I had tried with the PPA version… Ah well, I am getting to be an old hand at installing Ubuntu… Worst case is I get to do that again.

Taking the plunge and adding a ppa for QEMU 2.1 and its cohorts…

Because I’m basically a pretty lazy admin (and the repository looks really attractive), I’m going to go ahead and add the following to my /etc/apt/sources.list on my notebook for further testing with a Windows guest.

deb trusty main
deb-src trusty main

This is the one I mentioned in an earlier post. It is maintained by Jacob Zimmermann who appears to know what he’s doing. Which definitely puts him well ahead of me…

This looks like what I will be getting with this…

The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
libgtk-vnc-1.0-0 python-appindicator python-gtk-vnc
Use ‘apt-get autoremove’ to remove them.
The following packages will be REMOVED:
The following NEW packages will be installed:
gir1.2-gtk-vnc-2.0 gir1.2-libvirt-glib-1.0 gir1.2-spice-client-glib-2.0
gir1.2-spice-client-gtk-3.0 libvirt-glib-1.0-0 python-ipaddr qemu qemu-user
The following packages will be upgraded:
libcgmanager0 libcgmanager0:i386 libvirt-bin libvirt0 python-libvirt
qemu-system qemu-system-arm qemu-system-common qemu-system-mips
qemu-system-misc qemu-system-ppc qemu-system-sparc qemu-system-x86
qemu-utils virt-manager virtinst
16 upgraded, 9 newly installed, 1 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 32.4 MB of archives.
After this operation, 70.9 MB of additional disk space will be used.

KVM/QEMU USB 3.0 Passthrough Update

Installed onto a sacrificial lamb machine…

Created a linux guest (both host and guest are Ubuntu 14.04 trusty)


-device nec-usb-xhci,id=xhci \
-device usb-host,bus=xhci.0,vendorid=0x13fe,productid=0x5500

seemed to work with a custom compiled qemu on the Linux Guest

I found a virtualization ppa that I also tested at
It is credited to Jacob Zimmermann, but I’m not sure if this is a personal project of his (or something more official). I added it on my test system and things worked well (including virtual manager). Not sure I’m comfortably relying on it for anything production wise, but it was darned handy for testing! (So thank you Jacob Zimmermann whoever you are!)

Since I am sure I had tried this recipe with my previous Windows 7 guest, I am going back to revisit it and see if I can make it work with different Windows drivers. Maybe I’ve been fighting an issue on the client side rather than with qemu…