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12.2. Adding a PCI device with virt-manager

PCI devices can be added to guests using the graphical virt-manager tool. The following procedure adds a 2 port USB controller to a virtualized guest.
  1. Identify the device

    Identify the PCI device designated for passthrough to the guest. The virsh nodedev-list command lists all devices attached to the system. The --tree option is useful for identifying devices attached to the PCI device (for example, disk controllers and USB controllers).
    # virsh nodedev-list --tree
    
    For a list of only PCI devices, run the following command:
    # virsh nodedev-list | grep pci
    
    In the output from this command, each PCI device is identified by a string, as shown in the following example output:
    pci_0000_00_00_0
    pci_0000_00_02_0
    pci_0000_00_02_1
    pci_0000_00_03_0
    pci_0000_00_03_2
    pci_0000_00_03_3
    pci_0000_00_19_0
    pci_0000_00_1a_0
    pci_0000_00_1a_1
    pci_0000_00_1a_2
    pci_0000_00_1a_7
    pci_0000_00_1b_0
    pci_0000_00_1c_0
    

    Tip: determining the PCI device

    Comparing lspci output to lspci -n (which turns off name resolution) output can assist in deriving which device has which device identifier code.
    Record the PCI device number; the number is needed in other steps.
  2. Detach the PCI device

    Detach the device from the system.
    # virsh nodedev-dettach pci_8086_3a6c 
    Device pci_8086_3a6c dettached
    
  3. Open the hardware settings

    Open the virtual machine and click the Add Hardware button to add a new device to the guest.
  4. Add the new device

    Select Physical Host Device from the Hardware type list. Click Forward to continue.
  5. Select a PCI device

    Select an unused PCI device. Note that selecting PCI devices presently in use on the host causes errors. In this example a PCI to USB interface device is used.
  6. Confirm the new device

    Click the Finish button to confirm the device setup and add the device to the guest.
The setup is complete and the guest can now use the PCI device.

 
 
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