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Yum is nice package manager for RPM-based systems. If you are already using yum, you can set up OpenVZ yum repository and install/update OpenVZ software using yum.



Download openvz.repo file and put it to /etc/yum.repos.d/ directory on your server. You are all set.



If you have OpenVZ already installed, just run

# yum update

periodically to keep your system up to date.

New installationEdit


# yum install ovzkernel vzctl

to install OpenVZ on your system.

  Note: barely installing those packages is not enough to have OpenVZ up and running on your system. For full installation instructions, see Quick installation.

Additional kernelsEdit

File openvz.repo by default enables only one repository — the one which contains latest stable kernel and tools. If you want to run some other OpenVZ kernel (e.g. development one, or a kernel made from some vendor's one), please edit /etc/yum.repos.d/openvz.repo manually, changing the line enable=0 to enable=1 for the kernel you want.


Fedora Core 6: complain about newer kernelEdit

On Fedora 6 system you can get the error while installing OpenVZ kernel using yum, like this one:

Transaction Check Error:   package kernel-2.6.18-1.2869.fc6 (which is newer than kernel-2.6.18-ovz028test010.1) is already installed
 package kernel-2.6.19-1.2895.fc6 (which is newer than kernel-2.6.18-ovz028test010.1) is already installed

To work around this, disable kernel packages in fedora-core and fedora-updates repositories, by adding this line:

exclude=kernel kernel-smp kernel-enterprise

to the

  • [core] section of /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-core.repo file
  • [updates] section of /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-updates.repo file