While working on the second edition of my first book, SELinux System Administration - Second Edition I had to test out a few commands on different Linux distributions to make sure that I don't create instructions that only work on Gentoo Linux. After all, as awesome as Gentoo might be, the Linux world is a bit bigger. So I downloaded a few live systems to run in Qemu/KVM.
Some of these systems however use cloud-init which, while interesting to use, is not set up on my system yet. And without support for cloud-init, how can I get access to the system?
When running KVM guests, the Qemu/KVM
monitor is a nice interface
to interact with the VM and do specific maintenance tasks on. If you run
the KVM guests with VNC, then you can get to this monitor through
Ctrl-Alt-1 to get back to the VM display). I …