Bring Up PowerKVM

So you got S822L or S824 machine which is shipped from factory.  Here we go to set up Powerkvm.  This blog talks about “How to bring up your Power8 box with PowerKVM”  and Manage/Monitor/….etc

1) Configure FSP IP

2) Configure IPMI

3) Access IMPI console to start install

4) You can install PowerKVM using DVD or over network

5) Choose which management layer to use based on your requirement

Kimchi or PowerVC  or IBM Cloud Manager (ICM) or just devstack

Kimchi  :



xcat: ( To deploy PowerKVM)

Create Power Images for Openstack

6) if you have simple use case to use create VM with libvirt/virt-install and play with VM


Clone VM:

pci passthrough to VM

Memory Balloon


Enable/Disable SMT on VM

VM Migration


7) If you want to Monitor your PowerKVM using various tools




8) Devops tools on PowerKVM


9) Upgrade

Upgrade PowerKVM

Upgrade OPAL

Upgrade Disk Adapter Microcode

10)  Tools

PowerLinux Tools

Profiler Utility tool

11) Docker on Power8

Running Docker on Power Servers:

Running Docker on Ubuntu for Power Servers

Create Dockerised applications for  Ubuntu on PPC64 servers:

How to create a Dockerized Application for Ubuntu on Power (ppc64) Servers

Running Docker on Power8

By Jean-tiare from OVH

How to create repeatable development environments on PowerKVM using Vagrant and Docker

How to create repeatable development environments on PowerKVM using Vagrant and Docker

How to use Vagrant Docker provisioner with PowerKVM

How to use Vagrant Docker provisioner with PowerKVM

How to use Vagrant with PowerKVM

How to use Vagrant with PowerKVM

Hadoop on PowerKVM

RHEVM Managing PowerKVM

Configure FSP IP on PowerKVM machine

Power8/PowerKVM machines shipped from factory will be provided with default FSP IP.  Power8 machines comes with two FSP ports in back panel.   User would have to change this IP to use his own IP.

1) Where to get default IP?

Default IP is available in User manual  or control panel or below 🙂



2) Default password?

Default password is provided in user manuals.

3) How to change IP?

a) Connect  your Laptop & FSP port with a cable and assign IP to your laptop with in range of default FSP Ip’s.

For ex: use for your laptop, use subnet:

a) Open ASM on your laptop with default IP.

b) Network Services -> Network configuration

c) Choose Active FSP Port (Where ever cable is connected) and change IP

d) Once IP is changed, you will loose connectivity to FSP.  That means it successful.






Setup PowerKVM server

This posy helps you to Install powerkvm machine which is just shipped from factory.   Make sure to get right OPAL firmware for right version of hypervisor from partnerworld (customers)

1) PowerOn machine. Front side of the box, you find a control panel. With right set of values from manual, you will get default FSP ip.
2) Remove all HMC connections.
3) connect your laptop and FSP port using a cable. And configure your laptop with an IP in the range of default FSP IP which you got from control panel.
4) so now you can ping default FSP ip from your laptop.
5) Now open ASM using default FSP up and power off machine. The  go to hypervisor mode. Change mode to powerkvm (default powervm).
6) change FSP ip in network services with desired IP.
7) open ipmi console or connect monitor to power8 box to access console.
8) install can be done using various ways : dvd/pxe/https..etc.
9) insert dvd and start install. Install goes like any other linux box.
10) during network port , make sure to select bridge on active NIC and assign static IP or DHCP.
11) installation is completed. 🙂