Installing KVM Guests With virt-install On Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Server

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Unlike virt-manager, virt-install is a command line tool that allows you to create KVM guests on a headless server. You may ask yourself: "But I can use vmbuilder to do this, why do I need virt-install?" The difference between virt-install and vmbuilder is that vmbuilder is for creating Ubuntu-based guests, whereas virt-install lets you install all kinds of operating systems (e.g. Linux, Windows, Solaris, FreeBSD, OpenBSD) and distributions in a guest, just like virt-manager. This article shows how you can use it on an Ubuntu 12.04 LTS KVM server.

http://www.howtoforge.com/installing-kvm-guests-with-virt-install-on-ubuntu-12.04-lts-server