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Managing virtual machines
When the installation of the guest operating system is complete, it can be managed using the `virt-manager` program or via command line using `virsh`.
Managing guests with virt-manager
Start the Virtual Machine Manager by navigating to menu:[Applications]System Tools, or run:
# virt-manager
Choose the host you wish to manage and click *Connect* in the *Open Connection* dialog window.
The list of virtual machines is displayed in the main window. Guests that are running will display a ">" icon. Guests that are not running will be greyed out.
To manage a particular guest, double click on it, or right click and select *Open*.
A new window for the guest will open that will allow you to use its console, see information about its virtual hardware and start, stop, and pause it.
Managing guests with virsh
The `virsh` command-line utility allows you to manage virtual machines on the command line. The `virsh` utility is built around the libvirt management API:
`virsh` has a stable set of commands whose syntax and semantics are preserved across updates to the underlying virtualization platform.
`virsh` can be used as an unprivileged user for read-only operations (e.g. listing domains, listing domain statistics).
`virsh` can manage domains running under Xen, QEMU/KVM, ESX, or other back-ends with no perceptible difference to the user.
To start a virtual machine:
# virsh create <name of virtual machine>
To list the virtual machines currently running:
# virsh list
To list all virtual machines, running or not:
# virsh list --all