A.1.1. Options

The following parameters are accepted in a P2V kickstart file.


Indicates the kickstart file is intended to automate a P2V conversion. This parameter is required in order to perform an automated P2V conversion and should be supplied at the Oracle VM Server boot: prompt instead of install, update, or rescue. It accepts no parameters.

target [option]

Sets the end destination for the guest image.

The option parameter can only contain the following:


Sets the P2V utility to operate in HTTPS server mode to transfer the guest image to a running instance of Oracle VM Manager.

diskimage [option...]

Denotes a disk to be included in the guest image. The P2V utility uses device mapper-based snapshotting to copy the disk as a system-*.img file on the target computer. There may be multiple diskimage directives in a P2V kickstart file, each resulting in a disk image in the guest image. The --device parameter must always be used with the diskimage directive to indicate which device should be imaged.

The option parameter is one or more of the following:

--device path

The device to image. path must be the full path to the device. For example:

diskimage --device /dev/sda
--type [IDE | SCSI | LVM | MDRAID]

Sets the type of disk. Must be one of IDE, SCSI, LVM, or MDRAID. Devices /dev/hda, /dev/hdb, /dev/hdc, and /dev/hdd should be IDE. Devices /dev/sd[a-zz] should be SCSI. A logical volume should be LVM. Devices /dev/md[a-zz] should be MDRAID. For example:

diskimage --device /dev/hda --type IDE
network [option...]

Configures network information for the computer.

The option parameter is one or more of the following:

--bootproto [dhcp | bootp | static]

Sets the method by which the network configuration is determined. Must be dhcp, bootp, or static. The default is dhcp. bootp and dhcp are treated as the same.

dhcp uses a DHCP server to obtain the networking configuration, for example:

network --bootproto dhcp

static requires all the necessary networking information. As the name implies, this information is static and is used during and after the installation. The entry for static networking is more complex, as you must include all network configuration information on one line. You must specify the IP address, netmask, gateway, and nameserver, for example:

network --bootproto static --ip --netmask 
--gateway --nameserver

The static method has the following restrictions:

  • All static networking configuration information must be specified on one line; you cannot wrap lines using a backslash.

  • You can only specify one nameserver.

--ip ipaddress

The IP address for the computer.

--gateway ipaddress

The IP address for the default gateway.

--nameserver ipaddress

The IP address for the primary nameserver.

--netmask netmask

The netmask for the computer.

vm_options [option...]

Sets the configuration options for the guest.

--name name

The name of the guest.

--mem size

The memory allocation for the guest in Mb.

--vcpus number

The number of VCPUs for the guest.

--consolepasswd password

The console password for the guest. For example:

vm_options --name myGuest --mem 1024 --vcpus 1 
--consolepasswd mypassword