Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 968916
qemu-guest-agent-win32 package is hardly usable
Last modified: 2013-06-05 15:24:38 EDT
Description of problem:
The qemu-guest-agent-win32 provides only one dynamically linked exe file in the filesystem of the host. The guest agent is cumbersome to transfer to the windows host and requires severe manual interaction to install supporting libraries.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
$ ls /usr/share/qemu-kvm/qemu-ga-win32/ -l
-rwxr-xr-x. 1 root root 490506 May 27 15:09 qemu-ga.exe
-r--r--r--. 1 root root 1155 May 27 15:02 README.txt
After transferring the file into the guest via 3 party software, the user has to spend time looking for the correct versions of libraries.
google searches for DLL library names (this is the usual approach a user takes) lead often to untrusted sites and the downloaded DLLs may contain malware (and are executed with administrator privileges).
Along with the original binary we should distribute a iso image containing the executable. Additionally the executable should be either statically linked or dynamic libraries (or installers for the libraries) should be provided in this package.
Virtio-win drivers needed for the virtio channel to the guest agent are distributed as a ISO image.
qemu-ga-win32 is a tech-preview in 6.4 and the README documents from where the .dlls should be extracted.
We're working to deliver it in the same iso of the other windows components a guest may be interested, AKA the virtio-win iso.
Marking as duplicate of bug 971141 because the requirements are more clear there.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 971141 ***