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Other VM Workflows

Before moving on to look at command-line access to libvirt, note that it's possible to do a number of other useful VM-related things inside the Virtual Machine Manager program.

If you right-click one of the VMs in Figure 2, you'll see a context menu, which allows you to do things such as:

  • Clone the VM
  • Delete the VM
  • Run the VM
  • Open a terminal inside the VM itself

All of these represent some of the essential workflows associated with VMs. In essence, you can run the VM infrastructure from within the Virtual Machine Manager application—no big surprise there, but it's worth mentioning!

Suppose you prefer to access libvirt from the command line rather than using one of the high-level language bindings (as we used Java above). Well, that's no problem because there is also a comprehensive command-line utility called virsh.

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