Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 464380
[RFE] The ability to copy/duplicate a vm
Last modified: 2009-08-31 14:33:21 EDT
Description of problem:
The summary says it all and now with the ability to connect
to a remote server it would be a great addon if the vm could
be exported to a remote server.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
Since the feature to migrate has been implemented I guess you can use
the majority of that code to be able to Copy/Clone the VM.
To point out few scenarios in which this would be useful..
1. You need to perform benchmarking or other tests on a production VM
hence you would just clone that VM and perform those tests on the clone
instead of the production machine.
2. You need to implement an application on a production server but want to
see how well it integrates and test it before deploying it on the actual production server hence you would perform the installation and the tests on the clone instead.
3. You are setting up an office in another city/location and need to have exact
same setup hence you just created 1 vm for each service ( or group of services )
copy that vm and tell the admin to fetch the from this location and deploy that vm for this service etc.. ( also useful for isp/hosting company's they would just copy a default web vm etc.. )
virt-manager now supports migration and VM cloning. Cloning only works within a connection though, so you can't clone to another machine. If you have centralized storage, offline migration will accomplish this. If you want storage cloning across connections as well, that would need to be done at the libvirt level, so you should file an RFE against libvirt.
Closing as CURRENTRELEASE, since this is in virt-manager-0.8.0
It works perfectly filed RFE ( bug 520486 ) against libvirt supporting cloning across connections. Thanks to you and everyone involved for all your great work it's well appreciated...