Stopping the VM and Obtaining the Image

Stopping the VM

You can run the sudo poweroff command in the VM to stop it. If it cannot be stopped, on virt-manager, click Virtual Machine Manager, select the VM and right-click Shut Down.

If the VM still cannot be stopped, you are advised to click Force Off to forcibly stop it.

Generating an Image File

If you choose to automatically create the image, the .qcow2 or .img image file is stored in the /var/lib/libvirt/images directory on the host.

**Figure 1** Image file (Linux)

Figure 1 Image file (Linux)

If you choose to manually create the image, obtain the image file from your specified directory.

Compressing the Image File

If the generated image file is too large, run the following command to compress it:

qemu-img convert -f raw -O qcow2 SourceFile FinallyFile.qcow2

SourceFile can be in .img or .qcow2 format.