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Editing Floating Disks


Currently, editing disks is only applicable for VM disks.

This feature enables the user to edit a floating disk, and also to extend its size.


Detailed Description

Before this feature, only VM disks were editable (from ‘VMs’ -> ‘Disk’ sub-tab). Therefore, for editing a disk, regardless of the required changed parameter (VM dependent or not), it first should be attached to a VM.

It is now possible editing disks from the ‘Disks’ tab, and also from the REST API, without prior attaching those disks to VMs, so they can remain floating.

User Experience

A new ‘Edit’ button was added to the ‘Disks’ tab:

Once the popup shows up, the user can edit the disk’s non-VM dependent parameters, (such as it’s alias and description), and also to extend its size:


A disk can be updated using the REST API.

In order to edit a disk, the following request should be sent:

PUT /ovirt-engine/api/disks/123

Each disk type has different characteristics that can be edited:

  • For Image disks: provisioned_size, alias, description, wipe_after_delete, shareable, backup and disk_profile.
  • For LUN disks: alias, description and shareable.
  • For Cinder and Managed Block disks: provisioned_size, alias and description.
  • For VM attached disks, the qcow_version can also be edited.

For example, editing an image disk: