Downloading compute instance’s volume(s)

Volumes can be copied from the block storage service to the image service and downloaded using the Glance client.

This tutorial assumes you have installed the OpenStack command line tools and sourced an openrc file, as explained on Command line interface (CLI).

Identifying the volume(s)

The openstack volume list command can be used to list all volumes available.

The openstack server show command can be used to identity the volumes that are attached to a given compute instance:

openstack server show <instance-name-or-id> | grep "volumes_attached"

Uploading the volume

The procedure to upload a volume will vary depending on whether the volume is attached to an instance (active) or not.

Uploading a detached (inactive) volume

With the command openstack image create --volume <volume-name-or-id> <image-name>, a detached volume can be uploaded to the image service:

openstack image create --volume imgvol imgvol-img
| Field               | Value                                |
| container_format    | bare                                 |
| disk_format         | raw                                  |
| display_description |                                      |
| id                  | 14c25834-b7ae-4a36-b947-881d031017f1 |
| image_id            | 11f636db-0d15-4e97-88a0-244f25558f0b |
| image_name          | imgvol-img                           |
| size                | 11                                   |
| status              | uploading                            |
| updated_at          | 2016-08-23T02:45:34.000000           |
| volume_type         | b1.standard                          |

Uploading an attached (active) volume

To upload an active volume (a volume that is currently attached to a compute instance and in use), you must first take a snapshot of the volume using the openstack snapshot create command, then create a new (inactive) volume from it using the cinder volume-create command.

To take a snapshot of an active volume:

openstack snapshot create --name extra-disk-ss2 --force extra-disk

To show a list of all snapshots:

openstack snapshot list

The command below can be used to create a new volume based on a snapshot. Please note that the volume size should match the snapshot size.

openstack volume create --snapshot <snapshot-name-or-id> --size <size> <new-volume-name>

Downloading the image

Copying a volume from the block storage service to the image service can take some time (depending on volume size). First, you should confirm that the upload has finished (status shown as active), using the command below:

openstack image show <image-name-or-id>

If the status of the image is active, you can download the image using the following command:

openstack image save --file <file-name> <image-name-or-id>

The downloaded file is the raw image (a bare container) that can be uploaded back to other cloud regions, other clouds or imported into a hypervisor for local use.