SPICE and QXL Display for KVM Guests
Very short note on how I used SPICE for accessing a Windows 7 desktop running under KVM. SPICE and QXL provides improved Graphics experience in the guest.
I found more detailed information here: http://www.linux-kvm.org/page/SPICE
In virt manager when editing the guest look under Display Spice heading:
- Type == Spice Server
- Address == All interfaces
** I tried to set the port manually but it keeps defaulting back to Auto.
# virsh dumpxml win7-2 | grep spice <channel type='spicevmc'> <target type='virtio' name='com.redhat.spice.0'/> <graphics type='spice' port='5901' autoport='yes' listen='0.0.0.0'> <redirdev bus='usb' type='spicevmc'> ...
Install tools in Windows guest tools:
Download and install here http://www.spice-space.org/download.html
At the time I installed spice-guest-tools-0.74.exe was current. Since this is a KVM guest I already use the virtio drivers for the network interface and disk. The spice guest tools install additional drivers like VIRTIO Balloon Driver and VIRTIO-Serial Driver.
From the remote desktop access as follow:# apt-get install virt-viewer spice-client-gtk $ remote-viewer spice://192.168.10.10:5901
** As mentioned I could not set the port manually for some reason so I had to go look on the KVM host process list to see which port was being used.
** Also make sure you don't have a firewall blocking the port you are after.