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I'm running Oneric as the host, would like to create several virtual machines. Both the host and the guests will be headless - there is no display connected, and I'd like to connect to them via ssh.

Looks like kvm is the official ubuntu recommended way, so I'm following the documentation:

Here's my ubuntu-vm-builder command:

sudo ubuntu-vm-builder kvm oneiric \
              --domain xpstage --dest xpstage --hostname xpstage \
              --arch i386 --mem 1024 \
              --user myusername --pass mypassword \
              --bridge virbr0 --ip --dns \
              --components main,universe,restricted \
              --addpkg acpid --addpkg vim --addpkg openssh-server --addpkg avahi-daemon \
              --libvirt qemu:///system ;

The guest appears to build just fine, but I can't reach it.

ssh myusername@

times out. My bridge network is setup:

virbr0    Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:00:00:00:00:00  
      inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
      UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
      RX packets:673 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
      TX packets:21 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
      collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
      RX bytes:60839 (60.8 KB)  TX bytes:882 (882.0 B)

So I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong there.

Having failed with ssh I tried to console into it, but

virsh console xpstage

returns immediately, so I added a pty section to the configuration:

virsh edit xpstage

After adding the pty virsh console xpstage connects, but doesn't display anything and key presses don't do anything.

I then tried setting up a Serial Console, but upstart doesn't like that: start: Unknown job: ttyS0 .

Can some kind soul please guide me to how to setup a headless KVM guest on Oneric that I can connect to?

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Hi Parand, I came here to find or ask this same question (except my host is Oneiric Desktop, guests are Oneiric server). Did you ever find the solution? – Kurtosis Jan 16 '12 at 20:55

Though I still need to learn to do it via console, If you have a Workstation I would suggest installing virt-manager and connecting it to you KVM server and installing your guest through it, This is what i did and it was near painless, you will need the ISO of whichever your trying to install on the Server.

I did this on a Intel Dual core 2.0ghz with 4gb ram

To this day that VM is running my Website

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I did it your way, and have the same problem as Parand. There's something in default configuration of Oneiric Server running as a guest that seems to block incoming requests, even to sshd -D running on open port 22. – Kurtosis Jan 16 '12 at 20:54
That is interesting, While going through the install process I set up as usual and made sure to select SSH server when it asks what services to install, WAIT as per the WIKI… I also created a bridge labeled br0 exactly as the guide supplies, except changing the Addresses where needed give this a shot would be my next suggestion, as if its still running in the virt networking it will have a strange IP either way on the VM try running ifconfig and pulling the IP @Kurtosis – Randy Kupel Jan 19 '12 at 17:58

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