2012-12-20 23:18, Morrissey, Christopher:
I am just curious about how the third party tool like NetApp to make
sure the disk of a running VM coalesced before cloning? By an agent in
the VM to flush file-system cache out to the disk?
I've been working on a bit of functionality for the engine that will
allow a user to query a domain for new disk images
(GetUnregisteredImagesQuery) for which the engine was previously
unaware and a separate command to register those images
(ImportImageCommand). These commands will be exposed through the REST API.
This functionality is needed as we are developing an extension/plugin
to oVirt that will allow a NetApp storage controller to handle cloning
the actual disks outside of oVirt and need to import them once they
are cloned. We'll be using other existing APIs to attach the disk to
the necessary VM once the disk is cloned. On the NetApp side, we'll
ensure the disk is coalesced before cloning so as to avoid the issues
of registering snapshots.
GetUnregisteredImagesQuery will be accessible through the disks
resource collection on a storage domain. A "disks" resource collection
does not yet exist and will need to be added. To access the
unregistered images, a parameter (maybe "unregistered=true") would be
passed. So the path to "GET" the unregistered disk images on a domain
would be something like
This will return a list of disk images that can be each used as input
to the ImportImageCommand to get them added to oVirt.
ImportImageCommand will be accessible through "POST"ing a disk to
/api/disks?import=true. The disk will be added to the oVirt DB based
on the information supplied and afterward would be available to attach
to a VM.
When querying for unregistered disk images, the
GetUnregisteredImagesQuery command will use the getImagesList() VDSM
command. Currently this only reports the GUIDs of all disk images in a
domain. I had been using the getVolumesList() and getVolumeInfo() VDSM
commands to fill in the information so that valid disk image objects
could be registered in oVirt. It seems these two functions are set to
be removed since they are too invasive into the internal VDSM
workings. The VDSM team will need to either return more information
about each disk as part of the getImagesList() function or add a new
function getImageInfo() that will give the same information for a
given image GUID.
Here is the project proposal for floating disk in oVirt. I think
unregistered images are also floating disks.
Note that much of this work had originally been submitted under patch
http://gerrit.ovirt.org/#/c/9603/. After several reviews it was found
to be lacking in its design and was using deprecated APIs that did not
yet have replacements. I'm reworking the code now to conform to this
design and asking for further input from the VDSM, core, and restapi
teams to ensure we can get this done quickly and correctly as it is
needed for the 3.2 release.
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