Containerized Data Importer

The Containerized Data Importer (CDI) project provides facilities for enabling Persistent Volume Claims (PVCs) to be used as disks for KubeVirt VMs by way of DataVolumes. The three main CDI use cases are:

  • Import a disk image from a web server or container registry to a DataVolume
  • Clone an existing PVC to a DataVolume
  • Upload a local disk image to a DataVolume

This document deals with the third use case. So you should have CDI installed in your cluster, a VM disk that you’d like to upload, and virtctl in your path.

Install CDI

Install the latest CDI release here

VERSION=$(curl -s | grep -o "v[0-9]\.[0-9]*\.[0-9]*")
kubectl create -f$VERSION/cdi-operator.yaml
kubectl create -f$VERSION/cdi-cr.yaml

Expose cdi-uploadproxy service

The cdi-uploadproxy service must be accessible from outside the cluster. Here are some ways to do that:

Look here for example manifests.

Supported image formats

CDI supports the raw and qcow2 image formats which are supported by qemu. See the qemu documentation for more details. Bootable ISO images can also be used and are treated like raw images. Images may be compressed with either the gz or xz format.

The example in this document uses this CirrOS image

virtctl image-upload

virtctl has an image-upload command with the following options:

virtctl image-upload --help
Upload a VM image to a DataVolume/PersistentVolumeClaim.

  virtctl image-upload [flags]

  # Upload a local disk image to a newly created DataVolume:
  virtctl image-upload dv dv-name --size=10Gi --image-path=/images/fedora30.qcow2

  # Upload a local disk image to an existing DataVolume
  virtctl image-upload dv dv-name --no-create --image-path=/images/fedora30.qcow2

  # Upload a local disk image to an existing PersistentVolumeClaim
  virtctl image-upload pvc pvc-name --image-path=/images/fedora30.qcow2

  # Upload to a DataVolume with explicit URL to CDI Upload Proxy
  virtctl image-upload dv dv-name --uploadproxy-url= --image-path=/images/fedora30.qcow2

      --access-mode string       The access mode for the PVC. (default "ReadWriteOnce")
      --block-volume             Create a PVC with VolumeMode=Block (default Filesystem).
  -h, --help                     help for image-upload
      --image-path string        Path to the local VM image.
      --insecure                 Allow insecure server connections when using HTTPS.
      --no-create                Don't attempt to create a new DataVolume/PVC.
      --pvc-name string          DEPRECATED - The destination DataVolume/PVC name.
      --pvc-size string          DEPRECATED - The size of the PVC to create (ex. 10Gi, 500Mi).
      --size string              The size of the DataVolume to create (ex. 10Gi, 500Mi).
      --storage-class string     The storage class for the PVC.
      --uploadproxy-url string   The URL of the cdi-upload proxy service.
      --wait-secs uint           Seconds to wait for upload pod to start. (default 60)

Use "virtctl options" for a list of global command-line options (applies to all commands).

“virtctl image-upload” works by creating a DataVolume of the requested size, sending an UploadTokenRequest to the cdi-apiserver, and uploading the file to the cdi-uploadproxy.

virtctl image-upload dv cirros-vm-disk --size=500Mi --image-path=/home/mhenriks/images/cirros-0.4.0-x86_64-disk.img --uploadproxy-url=<url to upload proxy service>

Create a VirtualMachineInstance

To create a VirtualMachineInstance from a DataVolume, you can execute the following:

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
kind: VirtualMachineInstance
  name: cirros-vm
      - disk:
          bus: virtio
        name: dvdisk
      type: ""
        memory: 64M
  terminationGracePeriodSeconds: 0
  - name: dvdisk
      name: cirros-vm-disk
status: {}

Connect to VirtualMachineInstance console

Use virtctl to connect to the newly create VirtualMachineInstance.

virtctl console cirros-vm