To get access to the RHEV-M 3.0 beta, you must have an active Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization subscription. Go to this RHN page to see links to the beta channels. See this page for discussion around the beta. This is the official announcement.
In a small change of plan from last week I decided to use RHEL 6.1 as the second host, so my architecture now looks like this:
In brief RHEV-H (in this beta version) had a bug which affected me, and installing a full RHEL host allows me more insight into how RHEV is really working under the covers.
Another word of warning: NFSv4 does not work at all with RHEV unless your NFS server can also fall back to NFSv3. I turned off NFSv3 support because of all the hassle with ports and firewalls.
Finally Amazon use an appallingly bad courier company called Hermes Europe who ruined one of the hard drives I was sent. So although I am able to use local storage for guests, I’m short of space until the replacement arrives.
RHEV-M host configuration was pretty straightforward (if you read the docs).
After creating a user in IPA and assigning a desktop to the user, the user portal shows the desktop and lets me click to open it. This was in Firefox 6 on Linux using the spice-xpi plugin:
When you double click on the desktop, the guest opens full screen using SPICE. A good tip is that you can use Shift + F11 to leave full screen mode, and Shift + F12 to release the mouse: