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Re: [libvirt-users] Connect libvirt to iSCSI target



On 2013–12–23 John Ferlan wrote:

> On 12/22/2013 10:09 AM, Marco wrote:
> > On 2013–12–21 John Ferlan wrote:
> > 
> >> On 12/17/2013 07:13 PM, Marco wrote:
> >>> Hi!
> >>>
> >>> I'm new to libvirt and face problems connecting to an iSCSI target.
> >>> What I intend to do is to connect libvirt (I tried virt-manager and
> >>> virsh) to an iSCSI target and then boot from the LUNs which contain
> >>> the VMs.
> >>>
> >>> I followed the documentation¹ but got stuck at section 12.1.5.4.3.
> >>>
> >>> 1)
> >>>   virsh pool-define-as \
> >>>     --name foo                             \
> >>>     --type iscsi                           \
> >>>     --source-host vmhost                   \
> >>>     --source-dev iqn.2013-11.vmhost:vmpool \
> >>>     --target /dev/disk/by-path
> >>>
> >>> 2)
> >>>   virsh pool-start foo
> >>>   error: Failed to start pool foo
> >>>   error: internal error: cannot find session
> >>>
> >>>   virsh -c qemu:///system pool-start foo
> >>>   error: Failed to start pool foo
> >>>   error: internal error: cannot find session
> >>>
> >>
> >> I'm assuming 'vmhost' is actually some valid IP Address/Name that you're
> >> just using here to hide from the world your actual iSCSI tgt server.
> >> Don't forget that the 'source-host' may be listed as
> >> 'host1.example.com'; however, the iqn has 'com.example.host1'. IOW -
> >> reversed...
> > 
> > It's a test setup and I don't use a FQDN.
> > 
> >> Have you looked at http://libvirt.org/formatstorage.html ?
> > 
> > I did, indeed.
> > 
> >> There's an example there of output that works for me.
> > 
> > For me it does not.
> > 
> >> Use virsh pool-dumpxml <pool>
> >> to view the XML...
> > 
> > Here's my XML which is directly taken from the manual. I only
> > changed the host name to “freenas” and the device path.
> > 
> > <pool type='iscsi'>
> >   <name>virtimages</name>
> >   <uuid>347feb68-7e11-4f2b-ba82-ada027296fb0</uuid>
> >   <capacity unit='bytes'>0</capacity>
> >   <allocation unit='bytes'>0</allocation>
> >   <available unit='bytes'>0</available>
> >   <source>
> >     <host name='freenas'/>
> >     <device path='iqn.2013-11.freenas:vmpool'/>
> >   </source>
> >   <target>
> >     <path>/dev/disk/by-path</path>
> >     <permissions>
> >       <mode>0755</mode>
> >       <owner>-1</owner>
> >       <group>-1</group>
> >     </permissions>
> >   </target>
> > </pool>
> > 
> >> Also, do you need to authenticate to the iSCSI target?
> > 
> > Not yet. To rule out authentication issues for testing I turned off
> > authentication.
> > 
> >> The iscsiadm will use '/etc/iscsi/iscsid.conf'. See the
> >> node.session.auth.{authmethod | username | password} fields, so
> >> while iscsiadm may work, when libvirt goes to connect it fails.
> > 
> > Thanks for pointing that out, but I don't think it's the case here.
> > 
> >> Looking at the output in the system messages
> >> log may help (for my f19 /var/log/messages).
> > 
> > The log of a failed virsh pool-start virtimages can be found here
> > http://dpaste.com/1518444/
> > 
> > Most notable is I assume:
> > 
> >   libvirtd[8028]: internal error: Child process (/usr/bin/iscsiadm --mode session) unexpected exit status 21
> > 
> 
> Yeah - there just wasn't enough information there for me to go on.
> During my work on this I did run into one other issue that's discussed
> in a bz (https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=957295) where

Thanks for the link to the bug report, it looks interesting. I will
read it the next days when I have some time.

> libiscsi had a bug where it wasn't handling the name string built up by
> libvirt properly.  I don't remember all the details of what was
> happening, but you'd see messages from libvirtqemu indicating something
> like:
> 
> " could not open disk image
> iscsi://freenas:3260/iqn.2013-11.freenas%3Avmpool:"
> 
> This was for the case for when the iSCSI target was directly added to
> the guest though, but that's just a subset of the pool changes.

The disk image can be opened and the size is reported correctly. I
may have a different issue here. Something session related, but I
couldn't yet figure out what.

> Still the whole issue occurred in late October which I is within the
> same time frame of 1.1.4 which you are using.  So what is your libiscsi
> version.

My libiscsi version is 1.4.0

> Not sure how much time I'll have over the next week to look at anything
> as I'm busy with non work related things...

Same here. Take it easy :)

Warm wishes…
Marco


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