Installing Windows 2012 KVM Guest on Ubuntu 14.10 – unable to VNC into guest

victorhooi asked:

I have a Ubuntu 14.10 (x64) host, and I am using KVM to setup a Windows 2012 R2 guest VM on it.

I am using the virt-install command to set things up.

I have setup a bridge network in /etc/network/interfaces as follows:

# The primary network interface
auto br0
iface br0 inet dhcp
    bridge_ports    eth0
    bridge_stp      off
    bridge_maxwait  0
    bridge_fd       0

My virt-install command-line is:

virt-install --connect qemu:///system --arch=x86_64 -n win2012 --ram 4096 --cpu host --vcpus=2 --hvm --disk size=80,sparse=false,format=raw,bus=virtio -
-cdrom /srv/sunix/en_windows_server_2012_r2_with_update_x64_dvd_6052708.iso --os-type=windows --os-variant=win2k8 --network bridge=br0,model=virtio --noautoconsole

Starting install...
Allocating 'win2012-1.img'                                                                                                                                    |  80 GB     00:00
Creating domain...                                                                                                                                            |    0 B     00:01
Domain installation still in progress. Waiting  for installation to complete.

It seems to be waiting at that point for quite some time. I thought of using vnc to connect to the box to see what’s going on.

Even though I’ve used --noautoconsole, my understanding is that the VNC display should still get created by default. However, this is the output of vncdisplay:

virsh vncdisplay win2012
error: Failed to get VNC port. Is this domain using VNC?

This is the output of domiflist:

virsh domiflist win2012
Interface  Type       Source     Model       MAC
vnet0      bridge     br0        virtio      52:54:00:1d:dd:ab

However, according to my local DHCP server, that device hasn’t tried to claim a DHCP lease yet.

I am thinking this might be because of the virtio network drive I’ve selected, and that Windows 2012 R2 doesn’t support it out of the box.

However, is there any way to still connect to the box?

Also, are there any issues you can see in the way I’m setting up this guest?

My answer:

I would explicitly specify --graphics vnc here, just to be sure. And be sure to change it to SPICE when you install the SPICE guest tools.

Also, you chose Windows 2008 as the OS you’re installing. Why not 2012 R2? --os-variant win2k12r2

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