[virt-tools-list] Why virsh shutdown does not work?

Decker, Schorschi schorschi.decker at bankofamerica.com
Fri May 13 16:01:17 UTC 2011

That is a major no-go from a security perspective, enabling that feature.

Schorschi Decker

VP; Sr. Consultant Engineer
ET&D Emerging Technologies / Virtualization Platform Engineering Team
Bank of America

Office 213-345-4714

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From: virt-tools-list-bounces at redhat.com [mailto:virt-tools-list-bounces at redhat.com] On Behalf Of Kenneth Armstrong
Sent: Friday, 13 May, 2011 08:55
To: Laurent Léonard
Cc: virt-tools-list at redhat.com
Subject: Re: [virt-tools-list] Why virsh shutdown does not work?

Are you having this problem on Windows or Linux VMs?  I don't have this issue with Linux VMs (provided I installed them with the virtio drivers).  However, on a Windows VM there is an extra step that I do to make it work:

Start>Run: gpedit.msc

Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options\Shutdown: Allow system to be shut down without having to log on


2011/5/13 Laurent Léonard <laurent at open-minds.org>:
> Le vendredi 13 mai 2011 13:33:54, Bruno Lamps a écrit :
>> Hi,
>> As you may have noticed, I'm writing some simple backup scripts to my 
>> KVM vms. Because my production server runs libvirt 0.7.5, I'm not 
>> able to use virsh save, there's some sort of bug that make the VM to 
>> not always shutdown.
>> So I do my backups shuting down the systems and then copying que raw 
>> image and the .xml file. To do so, I run "virsh shutdown VMname". For 
>> some reason, it doesn't works all the time, so my script currently 
>> waits 10 mintues to run "virsh destroy VMname", to be sure that the 
>> VM isn't running and then copy it's files.
>> Why "virsh shutdown" isn't working for me everytime? Is there any VM 
>> log where I can discover the reason? =]
> "virsh shutdown" sends an ACPI shutdown call to the virtual machine. 
> If it never worked for one or more virtual machines, check that the 
> guest systems correctly handle ACPI shutdown calls.
>> Can "virsh destroy" damage VMs easily?
> Avoid it if you can, it has the same effect as if you unplug the power 
> cord for a physical machine...
> --
> Laurent Léonard
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