Quick installation

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This document briefly describes the steps needed to install OpenVZ on your machine.

There are two ways to get OpenVZ:

Virtuozzo bare-metal installation

OpenVZ project build special Linux distribution with hypervisor and container virtualization.

It consists from Cloud Linux distribution, our custom kernel, OpenVZ management utilities, QEMU and installer. It is highly recommended to use OpenVZ containers and virtual machines with this Virtuozzo installation image. See Virtuozzo.

OpenVZ with upstream Linux kernel

There is ability to use OpenVZ containers in vanilla kernel. But there some disadvantages:
  • Some required changes may be absent in Linux kernel on your machine. Our Virtuozzo distribution based on Cloud Linux and we strongly recommend to use it if you don't want to install Virtuozzo Linux distribution for some reasons. Cloud Linux kernel contains some important changes absent in another kernels (even RHEL kernels).
  • It is required to create to have separate partition mounted to /vz.

See OpenVZ with upstream kernel.

Using OpenVZ

OpenVZ is now set up on your machine. Follow on to basic operations in OpenVZ environment document.

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