How do I restart a suspended VM after a reboot?

asked 2013-08-12 15:25:59 -0500

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updated 2013-08-14 12:54:31 -0500

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My setup is: Ubuntu 13.04 / grizzly with grizzly and grizzly-backports in


I was experimenting with managing server recovery after a reboot and put several vms in suspend status. To my horror I discovered that I cannot resume them. The problem appears to be described here ( ), but does not offer any suggestion how to recover from this scenario. I have tried resume instance'from horizon - errors in nova-api.log:

2013-08-12 21:16:40.069 INFO nova.osapi_compute.wsgi.server [req-58ab0c59-7070-4ae3-af51-e12853cd6c30 3036f84a152d4b9e9a8e456e386c2d7d d31d9dff59e34b0d86dac87abcb05a0f] "GET /v2/d31d9dff59e34b0d86dac87abcb05a0f/flavors/2542733c-e219-4e17-8830-136ba823190d HTTP/1.1" status: 200 len: 703 time: 0.0099411

I have tried to manually reset the state ( ) nova reset-state <id></id>

I have tried using virsh shutdown <ID>

but so far VM instances are in status of Shutdown or Suspended and Power status is Shutdown - cannot get them to boot.

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answered 2013-08-12 21:06:42 -0500

updated 2013-08-12 21:07:58 -0500

For my suggestion, I will:

virsh destroy [instance_id]

go to the targart instance folder,eg: /instances-000000xxx, there is a file named libvirt.xml, then:

virsh create libvirt.xml

virsh list

you will see the instance is maunally hard rebooted

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Thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately system returns errors. Here's how I found the instance_id: 1) nova list | cambridge | SUSPENDED 2) select id, display_name from instances | 17 | cambridge 3) convert 17 to hex: 11 2) virsh list --all - instance-00000011 shut off 4) virsh destroy instance-00000011 error: Failed to destroy domain instance-00000011 error: Requested operation is not valid: domain is not running

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answered 2013-08-16 04:01:20 -0500

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I have managed to recover a supended instance after a reboot - what an in incredible journey! My lessons learned are: NEVER PUT YOUR INSTANCE IN SUSPEND STATE!!!

My solution is outlined below fixes the problems: a) getting instances out of suspend state b) getting the network configuration back

but I am still suffering from residual unsolved problems: i) cinder volumes previously attached to a suspended instance are stuck in detaching state after attempting to detach using horizon, ii) noVnc now only works on chrome from a workstation in the office

Here are the steps I took, and why.... 1) Removing the saved state of the instance: Firstly I did some research on the virsh commands to see whether anything can be done directly from the command line. I discovered that the virsh destroy / virsh start command wouldn't work because I had a saved-state. So I found the command: virsh list --all --managed-save This command lists the instances and tells you whether it has a saved state

virsh list --all --managed-save

Id Name State

1 instance-00000050 running 2 instance-00000051 running - instance-00000004 shut off - instance-00000011 shut off - instance-00000012 shut off - instance-0000002d saved

So I removed the saved-state using the command:

virsh managedsave-remove <instance-name></instance-name>

This changes the state from 'saved' to 'shut off'

2) Synchronising the nova state in mysql: On the instance list on horizon, the status still said 'Suspended' so having nothing to lose, I logged into mysql (use nova database) and changed the status:

SELECT id, vm_state, hostname from instances; Find the instance in question and change the vm_state to stopped: UPDATE instances set vm_state = 'stopped' where id = <id from="" obtained="" previous="" query=""> Now the list of instance on horizon shows a status of 'Shutoff'</id>

3) Tear down the network: Before attempting to hard-boot the instance, I checked the log files and discovered that quantum wasn't working and had errors in the logfile. It contained a myriad of errors I had no experience in resolving. Because I knew from the clues from the posted bug (the original one I mentioned) I suspected the network configuration was screwed because the saved state could not be rebuilt. So I deleted all l3 and l2 configuration (routers, subnets, ports) using horizon where possible and then removed all ports using the command line: quantum delete-port <port-id> Yep - I deteled everything. Just to be sure, I then dropped and re-created the database:</port-id>

DROP quantum; CREATE DATABASE quantum; GRANT ALL ON quantum.* TO 'quantumUser'@'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'quantumPass';

Then restart quantum:

cd /etc/init.d/; for i in $( ls quantum-* ); do sudo service $i restart; done

service dnsmasq restart

Checking the logs, all seemed good again, so rebuilt my network using horizon

4) Hard reboot the instance (from horizon) and create a snapshot Even though the instance had no port allocation - no ip address or mac address, I clicked 'Hard reboot instance'. This allowed me to click on 'Create snapshot' even though I couldn't access the instance.

5) Launch new instance ... (more)

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answered 2015-07-30 22:58:01 -0500

virsh dompmwakeup vm_name might help. At least this is what allowed me to unlock the machine, force off it and then start.

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