How can you avoid breaking 4.3.11 legacy VMs imported in 4.4.1 during a migration?
Testing the 4.3 to 4.4 migration... what I describe here is facts is mostly observations and conjecture, could be wrong, just makes writing easier...
While 4.3 seems to maintain a default emulated machine type (pc-i440fx-rhel7.6.0 by default), it doesn't actually allow setting it in the cluster settings: Could be built-in, could be inherited from the default template... Most of my VMs were created with the default on 4.3.
oVirt 4.4 presets that to pc-q35-rhel8.1.0 and that has implications:
1. Any VM imported from an export on a 4.3 farm, will get upgraded to Q35, which unfortunately breaks things, e.g. network adapters getting renamed as the first issue I stumbled on some Debian machines
2. If you try to compensate by lowering the cluster default from Q35 to pc-i44fx the hosted-engine will fail, because it was either built or came as Q35 and can no longer find critical devices: It evidently doesn't take/use the VM configuration data it had at the last shutdown, but seems to re-generate it according to some obscure logic, which fails here.
I've tried creating a bit of backward compatibility by creating another template based on pc-i440fx, but at the time of the import, I cannot switch the template.
If I try to downgrade the cluster, the hosted-engine will fail to start and I can't change the template of the hosted-engine to something Q35.
Currently this leaves me in a position where I can't separate the move of VMs from 4.3 to 4.4 and the upgrade of the virtual hardware, which is a different mess for every OS in the mix of VMs.
Recommendations, tips anyone?
P.S. A hypervisor reconstructing the virtual hardware from anywhere but storage at every launch, is difficult to trust IMHO.
2 years, 9 months
Upgrade Doc typo.
by carl langlois
Not sure if this is relevant but in the ovirt doc in the 4.2 to 4.3 upgrade
the repo rpm is specified with 4,4 rpm .
2 years, 9 months