- Launchpad Entry: NovaSpec:rescue-mode
- Created: 2010-09-01
- Contributors: JesseAndrews
An instance's filesystem could become corrupted. Rescue mode provides a mechanism for access even when the VM's image renders the instance inaccessible.
A method has been added to OpenStack compute to reboot a virtual machine in rescue mode. A rescue VM is launched that allows a user to fix their VM (by accessing with a new root password).
A user deleted a crucial file needed to launch a VM as they found out after they rebooted. The user was able to reboot in rescue mode and restore the original file.
- rescue VM is given the same network configuration as real VM
- a new root username/password is generated
- a new API method is needed since Cloud Servers Developer Guide (API v1) doesn't include a rescue mode
- a rescue image would be provided (the image id woudl be a nova configuration option)
When the API method is called:
- VM is marked in rescue mode
- VM is shutdown
- a new VM is created with identical network configuration but a new root password
- the new VM has a rescue image as the primary filesystem and the secondary filesystem would be the original VM's primary filesystem
Add an API method for finish rescue:
- the rescue machine is shutdown, the original VM is respawned with any changes
- ACTIVE → QUEUE_RESCUE → PREP_RESCUE → RESCUE → VERIFY_RESCUE
- ACTIVE → QUEUE_RESCUE → ACTIVE (on error)
Model after RS cloud:
- Actions such as destroy are not possible while machine is in rescue mode.
Model the api after the /server/:id/action method.