When creating the virtual machine on server A, virt-install created a libvirt-volume "VM" in the libvirt storage-pool "POOL".

 virsh-install --disk pool=POOL,size=$HDDSIZE,$DISKOPT -n VM

As expected, libvirt shows e.g.

# virsh vol-list POOL

Name                 Path
VM                  /dev/VOLUMEGROUP/VM
anotherVM           /dev/VOLUMEGROUP/anotherVM

When migrating the virtual machine to server B, which does not share storage with server A, I instead created the logical volume with lvm:

 lvcreate -l $EXTNSIZE -n lvmVM VOLUMEGROUP

As not expected (but arguably expectable), libvirt on server B does not recognize lvmVM.

# virsh vol-list POOL

Name                 Path
someOtherVM         /dev/VOLUMEGROUP/someOtherVM

I was able to manually start VM anyway. Fine. But...

  • Are there dangers/disadvantages to leave libvirt in a blind state about the new volume inside POOL like this?
  • e.g. will libvirt fail to auto-restart the VM on reboot etc.?

(or, from the other perspective: What is the gain in using libvirt volumes instead of just lvm volumes inside a storage pool, after the initial creation via e.g. virt-inst?)

  • Is there a way to make libvirt recognize the volume?
  • ... but would this recognition/conversion process write metadata into lvmVM and thus corrupt the VM virtual disk?


  • On both servers, the lvm group "VOLUMEGROUP" is used for libvirt storage pool "POOL".
  • On both servers, lvm shows the expected volume. Just the libvirt volume-"layer" is different.
  • Debian Linux 8 x86_64, lvm2 2.02.111-2.2+deb8u1, libvirt 1.2.9-9+deb8u3
  • size is 40 GB, DISKOPT='bus=virtio,cache=writethrough,io=threads,sparse=false'
  • beneath libvirt, KVM and qemu are used.
  • libvirt xml for virtual machine "VM" has:

    disk type='block' device='disk' 
     driver name='qemu' type='raw'
     source dev='/dev/VOLUMEGROUP/VM'
     target dev='vda' bus='virtio'
  • What type of pool is "POOL"? It should be logical, then everything you create inside vg "VOLUMEGROUP" is automatically added to the pool. Check under /etc/libvirt/storage, there are your configuration xml files for your pools. – Broco Sep 23 '16 at 12:02
  • Pool type'=logical'. format type='lvm2' But, as shown above, virsh vol-list does not show the new lvm volume. – klaus thorn Sep 23 '16 at 12:23
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    try to refresh the pool: virsh pool-refresh POOL and then try virsh vol-list again because it should recognize the new lvm-volume – Broco Sep 23 '16 at 12:48
  • After virsh pool-refresh POOL the volume is visible. Thanks Broco! – klaus thorn Sep 23 '16 at 14:56
  • No problem, I just logged into our server and found out that virsh doesn't refresh automatically when you create a volume. Btw, try the gui for Ubuntu, it's awesome. – Broco Sep 23 '16 at 15:15

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