We're not run into this yet. From what we've experienced on our end this file is getting created when registering the the vm.

Is there any mention of this vmxf file in your <image_name>.vmdk file?

Aaron

--On October 6, 2009 1:25:18 PM -0400 Kelly Robinson <isg...@langate.gsu.edu> wrote:


after doing some more testing it appears that the hypervisor also wants
the .vmxf file to be located in the "[VCL]/inuse/<vm computer name>" file
in order to register the machine.  This file is not copied over in the
vcl code.  Is there a work around?

Kelly



Kelly P. Robinson
Software Systems Engineer, Lead
Advanced Campus Services
Information Systems and Technology
P.O. Box 3994
Atlanta, Ga 30302-3994
(404) 413-4757
krobinso...@gsu.edu



"Kelly Robinson" <isg...@langate.gsu.edu> 10/06/2009 11:49 AM >>>
Thanks Josh!  Your suggestions worked!

However, I have a new issue.  Once the reservation is scheduled, the
request stays in pending.  I checked the vcld.log and it appears that the
vm is not being registered on the hypervisor correctly.  Its giving a
"virtual machine not found" message. When I look on the hypervisor that
the vm is trying to run on, it has a vm registered named
"Unknown(invalid)", not the one that's expected (vg1-1 in this case).
However, when I run the command to register the vm straight from the
command line, it works.  Any ideas on what the issue could be?  An
excerpt from the log is listed below.

(Note: the ip addresses and username/passwords have been "XXX" out.)
==========================================
.
.
.
2009-10-06
11:36:55|6919|124:187|new|utils.pm:run_scp_command(6896)|attempt 1/3:
executing SCP command: /usr/bin/scp -B -i /etc/vcl/winxp_blade.key -P 22
-p -r /tmp/vg1-1.vmx
XXX.XX.XX.XXX:/install/vmware_images/inuse/vg1-1/vmwareinxp-base7-v1.vmx
2>&1
2009-10-06 11:36:55|6919|124:187|new|utils.pm:run_scp_command(6942)|scp
successful: attempt 1/3, exit status: 0, output: none
2009-10-06 11:36:55|6919|124:187|new|esx.pm:load(336)|Register Command:
/usr/lib/vmware-viperl/apps/vm/vmregister.pl --server 'VCLXXX.gsu.edu'
--username vcl --password 'XXXXXXX' --vmxpath
'[VCL]/inuse/vg1-1/vmwareinxp-base7-v1.vmx' --operation register --vmname
vg1-1 --pool Resources --hostname 'VCLXXX.gsu.edu' --datacenter
'ha-datacenter'
2009-10-06 11:36:57|32759|vcld:main(166)|lastcheckin time updated for
management node 3: 2009-10-06 11:36:57
2009-10-06 11:37:02|32759|vcld:main(166)|lastcheckin time updated for
management node 3: 2009-10-06 11:37:02
2009-10-06 11:37:07|32759|vcld:main(166)|lastcheckin time updated for
management node 3: 2009-10-06 11:37:07
2009-10-06 11:37:12|32759|vcld:main(166)|lastcheckin time updated for
management node 3: 2009-10-06 11:37:12
2009-10-06 11:37:17|32759|vcld:main(166)|lastcheckin time updated for
management node 3: 2009-10-06 11:37:17
2009-10-06 11:37:22|32759|vcld:main(166)|lastcheckin time updated for
management node 3: 2009-10-06 11:37:22
2009-10-06 11:37:27|32759|vcld:main(166)|lastcheckin time updated for
management node 3: 2009-10-06 11:37:27
2009-10-06 11:37:32|32759|vcld:main(166)|lastcheckin time updated for
management node 3: 2009-10-06 11:37:32
2009-10-06 11:37:37|32759|vcld:main(166)|lastcheckin time updated for
management node 3: 2009-10-06 11:37:37
2009-10-06 11:37:39|6919|124:187|new|esx.pm:load(339)|Registered:
| 6919|124:187|new| Register of VM 'vg1-1' successfully completed under
| host VCLXXX.gsu.edu
2009-10-06 11:37:39|6919|124:187|new|esx.pm:load(348)|Power on command:
/usr/lib/vmware-viperl/apps/vm/vmcontrol.pl --server 'VCLXXX.gsu.edu'
--vmname vg1-1 --operation poweron --username vcl --password 'XXXXXX'
2009-10-06 11:37:41|6919|124:187|new|esx.pm:load(351)|Powered on: Virtual
Machine vg1-1 not found.
2009-10-06 11:37:43|32759|vcld:main(166)|lastcheckin time updated for
management node 3: 2009-10-06 11:37:42
/usr/lib/sendmail: option requires an argument -- f
2009-10-06 11:37:43|6919|124:187|new|utils.pm:mail(1301)|SUCCESS --
Sending mail To: , PROBLEM -- esx.pm

| 6919|124:187|new| ---- CRITICAL ----
| 6919|124:187|new| 2009-10-06
| 11:37:43|6919|124:187|new|esx.pm:load(359)|Could not query for VM in VI
| PERL API 6919|124:187|new| ( 0) utils.pm, notify (line: 691)
| 6919|124:187|new| (-1) esx.pm, load (line: 359)
| 6919|124:187|new| (-2) new.pm, reload_image (line: 664)
| 6919|124:187|new| (-3) new.pm, process (line: 266)
| 6919|124:187|new| (-4) vcld, make_new_child (line: 600)
| 6919|124:187|new| (-5) vcld, main (line: 347)


| 6919|124:187|new| ---- WARNING ----
| 6919|124:187|new| 2009-10-06
| 11:37:43|6919|124:187|new|new.pm:reload_image(669)|vmwareinxp-base7-v1
| failed to load on vg1-1, returning 6919|124:187|new| ( 0) utils.pm,
| notify (line: 691)
| 6919|124:187|new| (-1) new.pm, reload_image (line: 669)
| 6919|124:187|new| (-2) new.pm, process (line: 266)
| 6919|124:187|new| (-3) vcld, make_new_child (line: 600)
| 6919|124:187|new| (-4) vcld, main (line: 347)

2009-10-06
11:37:43|6919|124:187|new|utils.pm:insertloadlog(5324)|inserted
computer=14, loadimagefailed, vmwareinxp-base7-v1 failed to load on vg1-1


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==================================================


Kelly

Josh Thompson <josh_thomp...@ncsu.edu> 09/28/2009 4:06 PM >>>
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(Added vcl-dev since there is a similar thread on that list.)

Kelly,

It sounds like you have 2 problems.  The first has to do with something
keeping the scheduling algorithm from selecting a computer to run the
image
on (this is the isAvailable function in utils.php).  The second is that
when
you are manually inserting entries into the request and reservation
tables,
you are inserting an imaging reservation.  An imaging reservation tells
vcld
to capture the image currently on the computer.  Effectively, you're
telling
vcld to capture an image, but telling it to use the same name as an
existing
image.

I'll try to enumerate what you should check (I'll leave out the specifics
for
the parts that have already been mentioned).

- -image is in an image group
- -image group is mapped to a computer group
- -computer group contains computers in the "available" state
- -you have an active management node (it is updating lastcheckin in the
management node table)
- -management node is in a management node group
- -management node group maps to a computer group containing specified
computer
from above
- -schedule for computer is available during the selected time
- -platform for image matches platform of computer
- -privileges set up in Privileges section of site to allow you to access
image
and computer
- -specs of image (min RAM, min CPU speed, etc) are at or less than specs
of
computer
- -no other entries in the reservation table for the computer that
overlap with
the selected time period

Let us know if you are still having trouble after checking the above list.

Josh Thompson
VCL Developer

On Monday September 28, 2009, Kelly Robinson wrote:
..or maybe a better question would be:

After an image is created, how do you get make it available for
requesting? I followed these directions to create a base Windows XP
 image and created the entry in the vcl database.
http://cwiki.apache.org/VCL/creating-a-windows-xp-base-image-on-vmware.h
tml

As stated previously, the vcld.log gives the critical error that the
image already exists in the repository and then it goes on to say image
creation failed and begins to exit the reservation process.

Is there something else that I'm supposed to do?

>>> "Kelly Robinson" <isg...@langate.gsu.edu> 09/28/2009 9:15 AM >>>

I am testing a base Windows XP image (no apps) and have its image
requirements set for the following:

minram: 512
minprocnumber: 1
minprocspeed: 1024
minnetwork: 100

I've also tried to make sure the image is grouped correctly and mapped to
the correct server, however it still gives the error.

Does the message in the vcld.log of "image already exists in the
repository" after I submit the sql statements to manually place a request
an image have anything to do with the error?

Thanks,
Kelly

>>> Nathan Dawson <ndaw...@email.wcu.edu> 09/28/2009 8:57 AM >>>

Kelly,
One other thing that it may be is if you set the image requirements too
high (min CPU, min ram etc), if your servers or VMs aren't set high
enough to meet those criteria it can also give you that message.

Nathan Dawson, MCP, MCDST, ACHDS
Director of Networking and Information Systems
The Kimmel School
Western Carolina University
828.227.2748



From:Kelly Robinson [mailto:isg...@langate.gsu.edu]
Sent: Monday, September 28, 2009 8:50 AM
To: vcl-u...@incubator.apache.org
Subject: VCL Reservation Problem



How do you get VCL to allow an image to be requested?  I've added the
image to the database and would now like to request it through the web
interface, however when you click "New Reservation" and select the image
from the drop down menu, it gives a message that states "Selection Not
Currently Available".

I've tried to manually insert a request into the database using the
following sql statements, however the vcld.log gives error messages
stating that the image already exists in the repository.  What am I
missing?

=================================
INSERT INTO `vcl`.`request` (
`id` ,
`stateid` ,
`userid` ,
`laststateid` ,
`logid` ,
`forimaging` ,
`test` ,
`preload` ,
`start` ,
`end` ,
`daterequested` ,
`datemodified`
)
VALUES (
'1' , '16', '1', '16', '', '1', '0', '0', NOW( ) , TIMESTAMPADD(MINUTE,
120, NOW()), NOW( ) , NULL );
===============================================

===============================================
INSERT INTO `vcl`.`reservation` (
`id` ,
`requestid` ,
`computerid` ,
`imageid` ,
`imagerevisionid` ,
`managementnodeid` ,
`remoteIP` ,
`lastcheck` ,
`pw`
)
VALUES (
NULL , '1', '2', '7', '7', '1', NULL , NULL , NULL
);
===========================================


Thanks,
Kelly





Kelly P. Robinson

Software Systems Engineer, Lead

Advanced Campus Services

Information Systems and Technology

P.O. Box 3994
Atlanta, Ga 30302-3994
(404) 413-4757

krobinso...@gsu.edu
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Systems Programmer
Advanced Computing | VCL Developer
North Carolina State University

josh_thomp...@ncsu.edu
919-515-5323

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