Resized instance doesn't track new flavor, leading to possible instance-from-snapshot creation failures

Bug #1565590 reported by John Wood on 2016-04-04
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OpenStack Compute (nova)
John Wood

Bug Description

To reproduce the issue, follow these steps:
1) Create s small instance
2) Resize to a larger instance
3) Create a snapshot image from the resized instance
4) Create an instance from this snapshot image, selecting the smallest flavor based on the snapshot image’s ‘min_disk’ value

The expected result is that in step #4 the image’s ‘min_disk’ value can be used to select a minimum sized flavor for a new instance, leading to a successful instance creation.

The actual result is that the minimum sized flavor suggested by ‘min_disk’ is too small for the snapshot image, so instance creation fails with a 'VM too large for selected flavor' error here:

This error is seen in a deployment using Xen hypervisors with Glance/Swift for image storage.

For more detailed information:

When an instance is created information about it’s image is placed into the instance’s system metadata. One image property is specially treated however: min_disk. The instance’s ‘min_disk’ value is set based on the re-size flavor’s ‘root_gb’ (see When a snapshot image is created from the instance, the instance’s ‘min_disk’ value is added to image’s properties. This ‘min_disk’ setting can then be used as per step #4 above.

When the instance is resized (typically to a larger flavor) the instance’s ‘min_disk’ is *not* updated with the new flavor’s ‘root_gb’ (however the instance’s ‘root_gb’ is updated from the flavor). Hence when a snapshot image is created from this instance, the resultant image’s ‘min_disk’ is also set to the pre-resized value. For resize ups then, this value is then too small for the virtual disk size the snapshot will consume when instances are created from it.

A proposed fix for this issue then is to set the snapshot image’s ‘min_disk’ property in a similar way to the nova/ call above:

     min_disk = instance’s min_disk
     if flavor:
         if instance’s disk_format == ‘vhd’:
             min_disk = resize flavor’s root_gb
             min_disk = max(min_disk, resize flavor’s root_gb)

The instance’s ‘min_disk’ could stay set to the original image properties for historical purposes.

John Wood (john-wood-w) on 2016-04-04
Changed in nova:
assignee: nobody → John Wood (john-wood-w)
tags: added: xen
John Wood (john-wood-w) on 2016-04-04
description: updated
Matt Riedemann (mriedem) on 2016-04-04
tags: added: resize
Changed in nova:
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Medium

Fix proposed to branch: master

Changed in nova:
status: Triaged → In Progress

Change abandoned by Michael Still (<email address hidden>) on branch: master
Reason: This patch has been sitting unchanged for more than 12 weeks. I am therefore going to abandon it to keep the nova review queue sane. Please feel free to restore the change if you're still working on it.

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